The strawberry jam simmers away in the kitchen, filling the whole house with its delightful sweetness.
It’s good to see my posts gradually turn towards gelato and jam, blotting out the dark ones of spleen and vinegar just a few months prior. I still think about “him” every day, but now my musings tend towards anger rather than sadness.
4th of July was difficult. My sisters came over and we barbequed and watched all the illegal fireworks explode in 360 degree surround sound. I was smiling outwardly, but I definitely felt the hollow of something “missing”. I’m so tired of people asking me if I’ve heard from “him”. No, I haven’t – and I’m not going to, I am sure.
This is how I pacified myself – it can be dangerous when you have a gelato maker on hand:
Nectarine Vanilla Preserves
- 3lbs diced nectarines (I left the skins on)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
- Pinch of Salt
Boil all ingredients in a heavy bottom pot until mixture has cooked down (approximately 20 minutes). Test gel with the “plate test”. Once it is the correct consistency, add to jars, seal and process in a water bath for 5 minutes. This yielded 5 ½ pint jars with a little extra for sampling.