Wednesday 14 December 2011

Productive Wednesday & Tomato Jam

Today was my day off work. I got up early and after breakfast started making a few of my home-made Christmas presents.
I started by making Tomato jam (recipe below), which will be my contribution to the Christmas presents we put together for the Doctors at the clinic where I work. All the receptionists make some goodies and we package it into a nice container and give to each doctor.

When that was ready, I make Laundry Powder and then Laundry Liquid. I have bought some nice glass jars to fill with either the powder or the liquid, and they just need to be labelled and will be ready. I will post some photos when all my things are ready.

Just before 12, I drove to Fremantle to join Gill and Jan, two of my former work colleagues, for lunch at  Zephyr Cafe -  a restaurant by the river Swan. A pleasant place, next to a tiny strip of sand and a park with a play area for kids. A few mothers and toddlers sat under some trees having a picnic...the day was just beautiful.

I received my first Christmas present, home-make goodies lovingly made by Jan - a jar of Lemon butter, Sweet Onion relish and a jar of spicy nuts. I love the little jars!

You might want to try the recipe for the Tomato Jam, it was taken from a Portuguese cook book - "Cooking the Portuguese way in South Africa" by Mimi Jardim. After Marmelada (Quince jam), Tomato jam follows in the popularity polls.

1,5kg tomatoes (use very ripe tomatoes for best results)
1 kg sugar
1 stick cinnamon
(I also added a few dried cloves)
15ml lemon juice

Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water, skin them and remove seeds. Cut into pieces and place in a colander to drain. Place drained tomatoes, sugar and cinnamon stick in a large saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer until thick. To test if ready, place a spoonful on a saucer and let it cool, if it crinkles when a finger is drawn over it, it is ready. Add the lemon juice and bring back to boil. Bottle in sterilized jars removing the cinnamon stick and cloves.
Enjoy it!!


  1. Love the recipe for the tomato jam!

    I think it's a great idea to make presents in this way and far more personal.

    Your blog Christmas theme is very colourful and festive!

  2. PS I'm going to France on sunday for christmas. Hopefully my laptop will be behaving and I will be able to continue blogging, but just in case

    Boas Festas e Feliz Natal! xx

  3. Thanks for the good wishes Piglet, have a great Christmas and New Year in your family´s company.

  4. Oh my sister is always there with her boys :) have a happy Christmas Sami :)

  5. It was my first time there, although I have been 2 or 3 times to a restaurant nearby also by the river´s edge - The Red Herring. Happy Christmas to you too and hope you enjoy your new life in Thailand.


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