Friday, November 4, 2011

Off to market I go.

Yes, you heard it right! No more procrastinating, well maybe a little.

It's time to take my little stock pile of jams I've been tucking away all summer and get them to the market so that you can all give them a try.
I've been busy whipping up labels, thinking up new flavours for fall and winter and spending a lot of time in the test kitchen.

Which brings me to today's Willy Wonka moment downstairs in my "lab".

Today's flavour of the week is....drum roll please........Green apple and Stout Jelly!!!!
Now before you get all weirded out just let me reassure you that there are MANY different beer jellies out there both on the market and as recipes posted online and they are all tried and true delicioso.

So, I took some artistic license and made my own simple and delicious creation.

Let me give you a little peek into my mind and taste buds first.
You see, my all time favourite beer based drink is a Crown Float. Which is simply Strongbow apple cider and glorious Guinness. It looks a little something like this.

As new parents, Hubby and I would often get a babysitter and tootle on down to the Original Joe's in Calgary on dates nights. We could drink copious amounts of this stuff while taking a moment to discuss the highs and lows of our day and compose ourselves after a hard day of "parenting".

I liked Crown Floats so much in liquid form, why not try it in a solid state?????

Here's where I'm going with this.

I'm thinking crusty bread, maybe pumpernickel, with some nice aged cheddar cheese, meat of your choice....may I suggest roast beef? But don't stop there, maybe some green apple slices thrown in there or some caramelised onions??? it all off with a generous slathering of Green apple and Stout jelly.

If that sounds like your kind of sandwich then come and see me at the Coldstream Elementary School market this month. (And NO, I won't be selling sandwiches, just the jellies!!!)
It's from 6pm until 8pm on the 15th of November at the new Coldstream School.

I will also be a vendor at the Lavington Bazaar on December 9th in the school gym. I will follow up with some times as they are announced.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I heart raspberries

If you could see my raspberry patch right now, I'm pretty sure you would be jealous.
This has been by far the most productive year to date, all that rain and now some lovely Okanagan sunshine.

I've been picking a bucket or two every day for the last week and now my freezer runeth over. Not complaining, but I really should invest in another deep freeze....just for raspberries.
I made jam last week with fresh berries straight from the field and had some yummy results.

Raspberry Habanero, just like strawberry habanero, mild enough to highlight the berry flavour but warm enough to make your mouth tingle.

Raspberry Ginger,  little chunks of candied ginger floating about in a sweet raspberry jam.

Raspberry Cacao Nib, my latest crush, cacao nibs. Raw, unprocessed chocolate nibs, crushed into teensie pieces and stirred through the jam in the final stage of jamming.

I'm always searching for new flavours, if you have suggestions or a crazy jam flavour you'd like to see turned into a reality and spread on your toast......drop me a line.
I can make it happen!!!

I will be posting a list of what's available in KylieJayne's Pantry for those of you interested in purchasing my jam.

Happy long weekend y'all!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Raspberry Mania
With all this rain and sunshine I've been picking a bucket a day.....and you know what that means!!!
Turn up the air conditioning because this momma is itching to heat up the kitchen and make some new flavours.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Looks can be decieving.

 I've been having a great time in my kitchen with some success and failures.

 My hubby had a great suggestion for watermelon jelly, so I got the gears churning and jumped into action....oh boy do I get excited at the prospect of a fun new flavours.
Watermelon jelly looked fantastic, however, did not set. Was it ever runny...oh well, watermelon cordial for the Simpson kids for a while. I will not give up the challenge, another attempt is just around the corner.

As for success stories, the Strawberry Habanero is proving to be a favourite in these parts.
I've heard it pairs well with cream cheese or brie and crackers.

Another recent discovery, strawberry habanero warmed up and drizzled over vanilla ice cream.
It gets the double thumbs up from the hubby. I'm off to the store to buy more ice cream!!!

How do you enjoy your jams or jellies?
 Drop me a line, make a comment and share your cooking creations.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bloody Sunrise is in stock again..

Our latest best seller, much to my surprise, is a fine pepper jelly created by my hubbie.
I have more of a sweet tooth myself and enjoy a pepper jelly as much as the next person but this one will knock your socks off.
A recent customer described the taste sensation as a "party in his mouth!!!"
Chocked full of hot peppers such as habanero's, Thai green chili's and jalapeno's you have to try this jelly if you have a hankering for something on the hotter side.

We have planted an assortment of peppers in the green house and are hoping for a big crop later in the summer so that we can experiment with more pepper jellies for you to enjoy.
This morning was the first day of summer holidays for the girls, any nice mommy would have let them sleep in but not me. I yanked them out by the toes @ 6:30 this morning and went strawberry u-picking with friends again @ Good'n'Plenty Produce.
What a great start to the summer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

And the winner is...................

Not that there was a competition to begin with!!!

My dear friend SAM was my very first follower to my new blog and business venture.
I know I can always count on my gal pals to be there for me and it's so heart warming to see people take a minute out of their busy lives to pop in and take a peek at what's going on in kylietown!!
So Miss Sam, as per your request, one jar of Strawberry Habanero jam is headed your way!!! Stay posted for more chances to acquire one of our concoctions!!

Heading out to the u-pick on Thursday if there are any people interested in getting down and dirty!!!

I heart Strawberries.

So a busy week of jamming , I posted my new flavours on facebook and have been selling my goodies via word of overhead, it's working out fabulously. If this keeps up I may have to quit my day job (sorry kids) and take jamming on full time.
I used up all my berries from the u-pick and am looking forward to another trip next week. If anyone has any flavour suggestions that they would like to see then drop me a line......I dare you.....I'll do it!!!
Here's a list of what I've made so far:

Strawberry Lavender...looks like strawberry, tastes like heaven.
Strawberry Ginger...wee little chunks of candied ginger floating around in the strawberry jam...just hanging out.
Strawberry Rhubarb...Kinda old fashioned but kicked it up with a little cinnamon and cardamom.
Plain Jayne.....named after moi....just plain and sweet.
and.......drum roll please...
Strawberry Habanero....need I say more?????

For all you local Lavington people, if you're craving berries don't forget to check out Zelaney's on Petworth drive for all your seasonal fruit and vegetables. Or find them at the Vernon Framers Market every Monday and Thursday.
I've not been for a visit yet to check out their strawberries, I hear their carrots are ready too.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids so I'm looking forward to nicer weather, more jammin' and little hands to help out around here!!!
Look out summer, here we come!