Jam-tastic: the picking

The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic

I don't know about you, but we are massively looking forward to the return of the Great British Bake Off on our screens tonight. My eldest little dude is quite possibly Mary Berry's biggest fan, an obsession that I'm quite happy to flame by letting him stay up late each Wednesday if there's a chance of it leading to a future of perfectly prepared cakes for me to simply sit back and enjoy.

This year, as well as joining in with the baking, I thought it would be great for the boys to learn a little bit more about some of their favourite ingredients - where they come from (other than a supermarket) and how they are grown and made. So this week, we are going to attempt our very first pot of jam. The perfect accompaniment to a batch of oven-warm scones. Although, I must admit, I'm not the biggest jam-fan. It's butter and clotted cream all the way for me. However, I do live in a house with three addicts so jam consumption levels are incredibly high.

Yesterday, we started out jam-tastic mission by heading to our local farm to pick what was probably the last of this year's crop of strawberries. I love strawberry picking. It's about the only activity my two will do side by side without any bickering. I'd take them every day, if I could. Fresh air, relative peace and quiet, inexpensive, and yummy strawberries at the end. What's not to love?! I'm just a little sad that they don't grow all year round.

So now we have our raw ingredients, it's time to get making and tasting. Enjoy tonight's bake off!

#GreatBritishJamOff #GBJO

The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic
The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic
The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic
The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic
The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic
The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic
The Ordinary Lovely: Jam-tastic