Rosehip jelly and other things that make me smile

Published on Sunday 16th October 2011 by DJ Kirkby

I love weekends because they give me time off work to indulge in my favourite pastimes of spending time with my family, writing, reading, exercise and cooking time. I spent a few happy hours this weekend working on the second draft of novel two – My Dream of You.

Yesterday N3S and I cycled to the foreshore to pick rosehips so I could turn them into jelly. Rosehip jelly is a favourite from my childhood.  In Canada you can buy it in the stores but over here in England I have to make my own. This is my recipe if you would like to try it for yourself:

1k of ruby coloured rosehips (washed, topped and tailed). Place in a large pan and add water until just covered.

Simmer until you can mash the hips then strain through sterilised muslin.

This should give you 1400ml of rosehip liquor.

Bring this liquor to a boil and add 2 bags of jam sugar. Note how the colour deepens – isn’t it pretty?

Bring it back to a boil stirring constantly. Remove from heat once you reach setting point (about one minute after rolling boil is reached).

Transfer to sterilised jars and cover with lids. Place in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Store unopened and in a dark cupboard for up to one year.

Don’t forget to come back here next Sunday to contribute to the story chain which will be completed at my author Book Brunch at the Portsmouth Bookfest on the 26th October. Each entry to the story chain will earn the author a Kindle point for my December 1st draw. For more info about this giveaway click here.

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