Gardening cookbook review and competition
Ever grown a crop of fruit or veg and it’s done so well you end up with a glut and haven’t got a clue how to use or preserve it?
Well, this new book, The Jam Maker’s Garden – Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves could be the answer – and you can win one in this week’s competition.
Written by Holly Farrell with pictures by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, this is NOT a book to keep on the shelf – you’ll need it to hand in the kitchen when you bring your crops indoors and decide what to do with them.
As well as a useful beginners’ section on what equipment you’ll need to make jams, jellies, chutneys, ketchup, curds, etc, the book is mainly divided into seasons, giving cultural instruction for each crop and recipes.
There is also useful information on which fruit trees and bushes to choose for your type of garden, plus herbs, edible flowers, and foraging.
However, it’s the 50 recipes themselves where this book shines, ranging from classics (strawberry jam); the useful (horseradish sauce and pesto) and downright unusual (medlar fudge and pumpkin chutney). There’s also a very handy refrigerator jam – just berries and sugar for first timers or those short of time.
As I’m looking forward to a bumper fruit crop this year, The Jam Maker’s Garden will be in constant use.
The winner will be picked out of a hat on Monday, June 19. UK entries only.