1 December 2010.  Day 2 of Snowmageddon:  UK Held Hostage.  All I can say is huzzah! for laptops so that I could work from home and not have to deal with slippery sidewalks, crowded buses, and intermittent train service.  Instead, I was able to get stuff done from the comfort of my sofa in 2 pairs of the mister’s gym socks old jeans and a sweatshirt.  Now, that’s what I call “office casual.” 

Something you can do when you’re housebound on a snowy day like today is make one of the simplest, tastiest and best-smelling jams I’ve ever found:  Fig and Ginger Jam.  If you start it the night before, you’ll have between 8-10 jars of jam made before you finish your pot of morning coffee.  Or, if you lay everything out first thing when you get up in the morning, you can cook and jar the jam just before dinner.  It needs 2-3 weeks for the flavors to develop, so you could make it this weekend in time to give for a Christmas gift!  This recipe comes courtesy of the BBC … which seems to be spending every waking moment giving us “team coverage” of the snow.  Something tells me it’s going to be a long winter …

Fig and Ginger Jam

  • 3 lbs ripe figs, stemmed and diced
  • 3 lbs jam sugar which has been heated*
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tart apple (Bramley or Granny Smith), peeled, cored and grated
  • 4 Tbsp crystallized ginger, roughly chopped
  • 5 Tbsp white wine finegar
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/2 pint boiling water

In a large bowl, combine the figs, warmed sugar and ginger, mixing well to thoroughly combine.  Let sit 6-8 hours.

Pour the contents into a large pot and add the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved.  Raise to a boil then reduce heat to a rapid simmer / low boil for 20-30 minutes.  Pour into warm, sterilized jam jars and seal immediately.

* Heated jam sugar – first of all, it needs to be jam sugar – not preserving sugar or regular granulated sugar.  Jam sugar has pectin in it, so it will help your jam set.  Secondly, heating it.  Set your oven to 250 and spread your sugar out on a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake in the oven fo about 10-25 minutes until it’s thoroughly warmed through.

someone should turn this into an aromatherapy ...