I'm so excited - and really rather proud of myself (even if I didn't do it all by myself).
For the last couple of years, one of my friends at work has complained that her daughter (who is my age) has no interest whatsoever in learning how to make jam, and how it's a dying art. So last summer I told her that the next time she makes jam, I'd really like her to teach me.
So yesterday I went around to her place, complete with two bags of plums. The original plan was that she was making strawberry or raspberry jam, but she hadn't been able to find any jam fruit at the orchards, and I had plums coming out my ears from a generous neighbour, so why not see what plum jam is like?
It was great (although tiring in the humidity). She taught me all her little tricks, and I now have five jars of very very very yummy plum jam in my kitchen. I've never had plum jam before, and it's absolutely delicious! My boyfriend is suitably impressed (and is now wanting to learn how to make jam himself), and we're now trying to figure what on earth I can make jam from next!