It seems my cooking mojo may have returned. Yes, I have been cooking, no less than usual, but there is a difference between cooking out of necessity and for the health of the family, and cooking for fun. This weekend we did have some fun in the kitchen. With my enthusiastic little helper in the kitchen we cooked up a batch of strawberry jam. After seeing Christina's jam a few weeks back, and inspired by her bulk buying them when on special (my strawberry plants aren't even flowering yet) and the rapid decline of stock in our jam pantry shelf. It seems we are eating a lot of jam lately. We used the recipe from Sally Wise's A Year in A Bottle. You can also find the recipe here.
We also had some unseasonably warm weather here on the weekend. My further north readers will laugh at our twenty four degree "heat", but after several frosts this week it was a welcome change. There were lawns to mow (and now lawnmowers to fix, it seems), trees and seedlings to water and weeds to pull out. We are definitely entering into the growing season here.
Sunday lunch was a chicken stock (a 48 hour slow cooked one, that I almost forgot about) with rice and some homemade bread with garlic and (our garden) herb butter.
How was your weekend?