One of the cool things about being my piano teacher – precisely him because I don’t know if this applies to all the piano teachers in the world – is that he is usually quite well pampered with gifts from his students. Chocolates, fruits, teas, cakes, books, candles, wines, homemade macrame baskets. You name it. His latest addition was my homemade strawberry and pear jam.
Last year I started making jams. The first one turned out a little stiff and I nearly made alchemic magic, but that was ok because I suppose the first times for many things are such so that we can learn and improve over time. Since then I’ve had fun mixing and matching fruits to create nice flavours. Now I’m confident to give my jam as a gift to friends and family! The lucky chosen victim of this jam was my piano teacher.
To package it I made a very easy DIY arrangement. Simply cut a page from a magazine into a big square shape. The edges of my square were about twice the size of the diameter of the jar. Arrange it on the lid of the jar, then tie it with a ribbon, making a bow.
I often keep ribbons from perfume packages and gifts I receive because they make great bows to decorate jam jars.
Just in case the person receiving the gift wants to read the magazine cutting, make sure you choose a page with something interesting written! Here I choose some dietary information, eh, which may may not have been very interesting for him.
My piano teacher brings me the gift of music. I bring him the gift of, well, homemade jam. The most important thing is that we both bring each other the gift of friendship.
Strawberry and Pear Jam Recipe
2 cups sugar
Wash the fruit. Cut the strawberries. Peel and cut the pears. Add the juice and zest of the lemon. Put all the ingredients in a large pot and blend (like when making a smoothie). Bring to boil then cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the sugar. Cook on low heat for about 30 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir occasionally.
I blended the fruits to lower the cooking time.
Before blending you can take out some pieces, about 1/4 of the quantity, if you want the jam to have some consistent fruit pieces. Put them back in after blending.