Tuesday, 20 December 2011

cooking with rosie: sweet chilli jam

every year i buy my grandad food. usually some sort jam or chutney. so this year i thought i'd try something a little different and make my own jam! i was especially excited about this as it was a goal i had wanted to complete for my '101 things in 1001 days' list.

the jam is super yummy and is a perfect gift for someone at any time of year. and its alot easier to make than you might think....


8 red peppers
10 chillies
a finger sized lump of fresh root ginger
8 garlic cloves
400g canned chopped tomatoes
750g golden caster sugar
250ml red wine vinegar

1. de-seed and roughly chop the peppers. then chop up the chillies this time leaving the seeds. peel both the garlic and ginger, then roughly chop the ginger. place all together in a food processor. wizz them until they are all very finely chopped.

2. place the mixture and all remaining ingredients into a large pan and bring it to the boil. then reduce the heat simmer, gently stirring as you go, do this for around an houruntil the mixture has a thick consistancy and looks a little like bubbling lava.

my lovely friend adam being all domesticated

3. cool slightly and transfer to sterilised jars (i used 3 1/2 litre ones), now leave it to cool completely.

4.  your jam is now ready to be eaten or given as a present. it will keep for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard but once opened be sure to store it in a fridge.

have you ever made jam? what are you giving for xmas presents this year?

*this recipe was adapted from the orginal found here*


  1. This is such a cute idea for a gift for your Grandad! Hand made presents are always lovely :) I was too late to buy my dad a personalised diary online so I have just been out to buy a plain one from WH Smith which I am going to personalise myself :)

    Frances x
    Twitter: @Francesss__

  2. I make a chilli jelly which is quite similar to yours (just minus the tomatoes). It's great with cheese. I love making jams and chutneys x

  3. @FrancesCassandra♥ awww thank you he really seemed to like it :) thats so adorable! i bet he loved that!

    @beautybalm mine came out more like a really thick sauce. maybe i should try a jelly next time? oooo i'll have to try it with some cheese later :)


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