Monday, May 31, 2010

It's the last day of autumn finally. It's been such a busy time and the cupboards and freezers are full to the brim. This past weekend is the first weekend I haven't done some sort of preserving in months.
Last weekend I made passionfruit syrup from some of the black passionfruit which are just falling off the vine at the moment. The flavour is so intense. I have only tried it with water so far but I am sure it would be delicious with soda or mineral water or drizzled over ice cream. I also made another batch of feijoa jam from windfalls from the tree. I don't really look after the feijoa tree much, it just seems to survive on its own. The jam is very fragrant and tastes a bit like pineapple. I suppose that is why the feijoa is sometimes known as the pineapple guava. I have tried making it in the breadmaker on its jam function but also just the old fashioned saucepan method. I think the old way gives a better texture and colour even though it is more time consuming.