Cardamom - I find my mind self in love, with a spice. The first time I used it in a sweet recipe was the summer past when strawberries almost past their prime met this spice. Before the pot of strawberry mix gets to jelling point, the whole house is enveloped in scents so delightful. The result - a jam that is sweet and minty, intensely aromatic, warm, full of character and packed with a lot of flavour. Hands down the best jam I ever made. —Kitchen Butterfly
2 cups strawberries (1 punnet), washed & hulled
Juice of 2 limes
Seeds of 10 cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 - 1 cup white caster sugar
2 cups apple pectin (or the equivalent pectin powder)
Combine the strawberries and lime juice in a large bowl and crush with a fork/potato masher, till liquid is released from the fruit.
Add the cardamom seeds and leave to macerate, a few minutes to a couple of hours, refrigerated.
Blitz in a blender/food processor till the strawberry mixture is smooth.
Pour the mixture into a large pan, with the sugar and the liquid pectin. Bring to the boil and then turn down heat and let cook till reduced and edges begin to collect thickened syrup. Watch it carefully so it doesn't overheat and burn.
If you don’t have an eye for telling when the jam is ready as it may still look somewhat liquid, do the jam test, by putting a small saucer in the freezer to cool. When cold, put a small bit of jam on the cold saucer and let it rest for a couple of minutes, then touch the surface of the jam. It should wrinkle if it is ready.
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen!
Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.
Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!