Pumpkin Jam

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Pumpkin Jam

Go fetch your most beautiful pumpkin soon, my simple pumpkin jam recipe is online!

Ingredients

  • 2kg pumpkin, peeled and cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 1.2kg sugar
  • 100g limestone (kilis)
  • 4L water

 Directions

Dissolve the limestone in water. Leave to rest for 1-2 hours. Soak the pumpkin chunks inside the water for 10 hours or overnight.

Gently take out the pumpkin out of the water and wash thoroughly. Strain and leave to dry.

In a heavy-based saucepan, add the sugar to 2.5 L water and bring to a boil stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the pumpkin pieces and let it simmer on low heat. Remove scum from the surface.

When a small amount of the juice gels on a chilled plate this indicates that the jam is ready. Turn off the heat and  ladle carefully in jars finishing with a coat of syrup.

For immediate consumption, keep refrigerated and consume within 3 weeks.

Alternatively, boil the tightly sealed jars for 10 minutes, remove from water and turn upside down till next day. Label them and store in a cool dark place.

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Orange Pineapple Punch

maya-oryan-img_0461Hello beautiful people! Is it summer where you are? I spent my day running from one air-conditioned room to the other, trying to avoid the heat and humidity.

My kiddos spent the day at the pool with the cousins swimming and playing in the sun all afternoon, when they got back I couldn’t but surprise them with this cool refreshing orange pineapple punch.

Add some vodka inside and turn it into an adult party-wide hit punch!!

Decorate with strawberry slices and orange wedges, and serve.

Ingredients

  • 2 parts orange juice
  • 2 parts pineapple juice
  • ½ part lime juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 parts 7up or Sprite
  • Fresh strawberries and orange wedges, to decorate.

Preparation

Combine well the orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice and honey in a pitcher. Taste and adjust sweetness.

Add 7up or Sprite, right before serving and garnish with fresh fruits and paper straw.

P.S Substitute the sprite with rum or vodka for an adults party version