Apricot and Strawberry Jam

Because of technology, we don’t use telepathy. We don’t use telepathy, but use, you know, the mobile phones. Why?

– Marina Abramovic

I was going to make a peach jam, but the colours of the apricots in the fruit shop that day enticed me more. I added strawberries to my jam making again, thus apricot and strawberry jam it was.

But first, a true story. Do you believe in telepathy? I haven’t reached a scientific conclusion as to whether I do or not. I do think that because we only use a small percentage of our brain capacity – or so it is believed – if we did know how to use more of our unknown powers, we should probably be able to communicate through telepathy.

Whatever the case, here is my story of my uncontrolled peachy telepathic moment.

Years ago, when I was working in a pharmacy, I was having a chat with a colleague. It was the end of the day, so we were tidying the pharmacy and cleaning the desk tops with a eucalyptus smelling antiseptic liquid. We were talking about nothing in particular, the work that day and what we were going to be up to that weekend. We definitely were not talking about anything to do with peaches.

We paused.

At that moment, I thought of a peach. I visualised a big, ripe, beautifully peachy coloured peach. It took up the full dimension of the invisible frame in which this peach was pictured. Why was I thinking of a peach? Why was I visualising a peach? I silently dwelled on these thoughts.

Suddenly my colleague said: Peach. As soon as he said it, he looked confused and said to me: why did I say Peach?

Hang on! Probably looking just as confused, I told him that for equally mysterious reasons, I was thinking and visualising a peach. So we felt further confused, was this some kind of telepathic moment? Why did we both think of a peach at the same time? Was there some type of external force controlling this?

We freaked out at the thought for about 30 seconds, then changed subject to something more mundane.

Apricots - for jam making

Strawberries - for jam making

Apricot and Strawberry Jam Recipe

Mr. H. to suggested if I could stop adding strawberries to all my jams, as I have been doing recently. They sort of end up with a similar strawberry based colour and flavour. The thing is, even though I have made other non-strawberry jams, my favourite being this grapefruit and banana jam, and I even made a green jam, I have a weakness for red coloured berry based jams.


600g apricots
500g strawberries
1/2 lemon
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup water

Wash all the of the fruit thoroughly. Remove the seeds from the apricots. Cut all the fruit into small pieces. Put them into a large pot along with the juice of half a lemon. Bring to boil and let it boil for about 10 minutes, stirring all the time. Bring down to low heat, cooking for a further 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sugar. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add the chia seeds along with 1/4 cup water. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Note: the use of the chia seeds is optional. I added them because I had some around. They help develop a gel texture quicker. Just don’t add the water and continue cooking for about 20 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency.


Homemade strawberry and apricot jam

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  1. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2014-07-01 at 02:45

    Yummy!! About telepathy, well, although I am quite the skeptic (and non-believer, if you know what I mean), I have experienced telepathy at several times in my life. Of course, I have lived longer than you. This is what I believe: that people who are close to us, be they co-workers, friends, children, or significant others, we get to think in concert. Ergo, our thoughts sometimes COINCIDE. I remember when I was in high school, I picked up the telephone to call my best friend Cristy and I had NOT EVEN DIALED, and she was on the other end! Coincidence? Telepathy? Who knows! It was a delightful occurrence!

  2. Patty Nguyen 2014-07-01 at 09:14

    You can make me strawberry jam anytime you want, Sofia. 😀

  3. pianolearner 2014-07-01 at 10:48

    We have loads of strawbs ripening at the plot at the moment. I guess I won’t be send any out to you guys 😉

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-01 at 10:51

      I gladly accept them and make loads of jam (only for me perhaps 😉 ), and send you out a jar too!

      1. pianolearner 2014-07-01 at 11:05

        I wish you two lived closer, you could have some of our Tayberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Gooseberries or Blackcurrants. Not to mention any of the veg.

        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-01 at 11:07

          Wow!!! I wish we did too! Of edible things, I only have herbs: mint, rosemary, basil…. No need to grow parsley, all the fruit shops around where I live seem to have this competition of who can give out the most fresh parsley for free!

  4. Sunny 2014-07-01 at 12:02

    Wacky story! I think I might have had some similar experience, but not quite as wacky!

    Actually I was just wondering: could you make cherries into jam? I’m thinking yes, but cherries are so darn pricey. Might as well enjoy them as they are? 😉

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-01 at 12:03

      I prefer enjoying them as they are… also because I really don’t feel like removing each seed one by one!

      1. Sunny 2014-07-01 at 22:09

        Oh true. That’s got to be a b*!

  5. Mabel Kwong 2014-07-01 at 12:25

    Telepathy. Superpower. I would love to not only read people’s thoughts, but their feelings too. Would make for interesting conversations…especially if they could read my mind back. That peach jam looks tasty. You make so many spreads all the time, Sofia. Do you ever get bored of eating them? 😀

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-01 at 14:44

      Haha I think I would rather not dwell into some peoples thoughts, just in case! Unless it were some genius, it would be amazing, or too incomprehensible, imagine reading the thoughts of Eistein! I never get bored of eating! What about you?

      1. Mabel Kwong 2014-07-01 at 15:04

        I like eating too. But as one who get stomach ulcers, I have to be careful with acidic foods like tomato, chilli, chocolate… Don’t mind plain foods like boiled foods which is what I usually make. Boiled food takes time though.

        Telepathy is a very cool thing to have, but I’d choose teleporting over that.

        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-01 at 15:19

          Oh no poor you! I love chilli (I could live without chocolate though – yes, gasps) so that would be tough for me.
          Great idea, teleporting would be way better. We could say, hey lets meet up at a concert in New York tonight, then voilà. Or I’ll just pop over to Melbourne for a brunch with you, or you pop over here for some light tapas… 🙂

  6. Sue 2014-07-01 at 15:13

    Hi Sofia . . . I have had many moments like this in my life and it always gives me goosebumps for a few seconds. I’ve had times where somebody said something and I thought to myself “I have heard those exact words recently,” and it wasn’t just a comment like “how are you today,” but something very specific. I don’t really know what my exact beliefs are but I have a strong strong belief that the gift of life and life as we know it is a beautiful mystery! But more importantly, I need this jam. You really nailed a wonderful color here!!!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-06 at 21:51

      It gives me the goosebumps too, and I usually don’t tell people in case they think I’m mad 🙂 Luckily these moments have been few… I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that gets these “coincidental” moments that sometimes are a bit spooky. Yes, onto important things, I believe you like making jam too, am I right? 🙂

      1. Sue 2014-07-06 at 22:30

        affirmative, Sophia. I just made a fig jam that my hubby and I are battling over

  7. Amanda 2014-07-01 at 22:07

    Very odd experience. I kind of believe in it. What a beautiful jam and such gorgeous, colorful photos. Yum!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-06 at 21:54

      Thanks Amanda, I’m really pleased with how this jam turned out 🙂 Wishing you a great week ahead! Un abrazo

  8. Liz 2014-07-02 at 05:47

    wow–so much color! Impressed that you make jam. I went at it a few summers back and have never wanted to do all of that work again. Maybe when the kiddos are grown. But I only eat homemade jam (mostly my mother in law keeps us in stock) so I get why you do it. And what fun flavors 🙂

    Weird on the peach story. I’ve never believed in telepathy–at least not in my personal life. Not saying some folks don’t have the power 😉 I always try to use telepathy to make something you, Ngan, and Shannon are not when we pick an ingredients, haha.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-06 at 23:09

      So if you’ve made it you know what it’s like 🙂 I love making fun flavours, and you see both my mother and mother in law live far away so, even if they did make jam, which they don’t, I wouldn’t get a steady supply anyway 😉
      Haha it’s funny you say that I also, even though I’m not sure telepathy exists, I also try using it to make sure we don’t make the same dish 🙂

  9. Johnnysenough 2014-07-04 at 02:16

    That looks like one fabulous set! And the colours of those apricots – like they should be. The Spanish ones here are a pale imitation. Kept in storage for too long. Anyway, still haven’t made strawberry jam. Partly as strawberries were so late this year – or on time. As I’m going to buy a thermometer and jam funnel soon I might as well wait. 🙂

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-07-06 at 23:11

      I don’t remember seeing apricots when I lived there, but yes, they do have some really beautifully coloured ones here. Wow you’re getting well equipped!

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