Saturday, 23 October 2010

Honeydew Melon Chilli Jammy Jelly

This was a foodie experiment of mine to capture a little bit of Sunshine in a jar. So when the dark clouds are looming outside I can look at the golden colours and smile, and remember the warmers days. If this experiment did not work it would be fine as a viscous liquid would serve as syrup, much in the same way as the chilli and blackberry syrup. Good for pouring over pancakes and ice-cream. This concoction can only be described as a cross between the rosehip jelly and the honeydew melon cake. This was the result – amber jelly.
Amber is fossilized tree resin which has been appreciated for centuries for its deep honeydew colour and natural organic beauty. Amber is often used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewellery. Well mine is not truly amber, but it has the qualities that make me admire its beauty. The gold gloss gleams, it shimmers and sparkles just like the colours on my wedding dress. This cleverly leads me to share with you, that today is also my wedding anniversary.

As amber exudes a soft, sticky tree resin, you will find some containing air pockets, leggy insects or plant extracts. With this in mind, of course I had to meddle with the pure amber nectar colour, and add a dash of colour of my own.
I love the way the red chilli flecks are suspended in the jar as if by magic. I am rather pleased with myself. A preserve I can truly call my own invention. *If your not keen on the chilli flakes, keep it pure and simple or think about substituting it with star anise, dried mint or even ... well you decide. Just remember you want the flavours to love each other, not fight – just like a happy marriage.
This Chilli-Melon jelly jam is versatile. It is both sweet and lightly spiced. Not only will it be perfect on toast, pancakes and waffles, it will be good folded into yoghurt as well.
Honeydew Melon Chilli Jelly Jam
Makes: about 5 – 6 x 245 ml jars
Ingredients
1 honeydew melon, remove the skin, then chop into even sized chunks. Okay to include the seeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 kg cooking apples, peeled, roughly chopped, including cores and pips
Optional ½ teaspoon chilli flakes*
Caster sugar
Method
In a large preserving pan, put in the melon and apple pieces with the lemon juice, cover with just enough water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes until soft. Mash thoroughly to extract as much juice as possible. Strain through a jelly bag or muslin-lined nylon sieve, set over a large bowl. Do not press the fruit or squeeze the bag as this will make the jelly cloudy. Leave until the dripping stops. This may take several hours or even overnight. Next, measure the liquid and return it to the pan along with 450g sugar for each 600 ml (1 pint) of liquid. Stir well over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the chilli flakes. Increase the heat and boil rapidly for 10 -15 minutes. Test your jam for a set — setting point is 105C (220F). If necessary, boil for longer and keep testing, until the jelly has reached setting point. Remove the pan from the heat, skim off any scum and allow to cool briefly. Carefully pour into hot, sterilised jars. Seal the jars and allow the jelly to cool completely before labelling and storing.

43 comments:

  1. It looks gorgeous. Happy Anniversary. Any chance of seeing a photo of you in your wedding dress? Sounds like gorgeous colours.

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  2. You make the most interesting foods. I don't know if the difference is cultural, but I've never heard of half the food you make. That's why I love reading your blog! I truly learn something in every post.

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  3. What a lovely creation & what lovely & tasty looking endresults!!

    Congrats on your wedding anniversary!! Enjoy this beautiful autumn day!

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  4. Needless to say, this looks perfectly beautiful as I am sure your wedding dress did as well. Shimmering amber...I almost wanted to see flakes of gold suspended in the jelly...wondered if that was what you almost said? Smile...

    I really enjoyed this post MC and the photography as well. You will have a good supply to get you through the winter.

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

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  5. What a wonderful recipe & great meld of flavors, sweet with spice. My favorite. Does sound delicious & beautiful too!

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  6. very beautiful and creative! and happy anniversary!

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  7. she wonders this jelly with this beautiful color.
    I love your comparison with amber, but be careful not to like in "Jurassic Park" where inside the amber is used to re dinosaur joke :-)
    see you soon

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  8. I love the way your blog is informative plus giving us delicious recipes :)..

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  9. Looks delicious. I may try some.Thankds for sharing

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  10. A lovely looking jar - like sunlight filtering through autumn leaves!
    Baksheesh (congratulations) and Happy Anniversary! May the road ahead be smooth & filled with joy & adventures!

    Much love to you, dear friend!

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  11. Thank you for stopping by my post.

    Congrats to you on your Wedding Anniversary. My you have many more delightful years ahead.

    I started back to school this fall and have not found the time to practice baking those thumb prints. I hope I'll have the opportunity to do so before thanksgiving.

    I had no idea that one could make a jelly out of a honeydew melon. It certainly does look sunny and beautiful and of course delicious!

    This is what I love about blogging on blogspot, there is always something new we can learn from blogging with our fellow bloggers.

    Have a wonderful evening.

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  12. Wow, that is beautiful jelly!

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  13. Say what you will about experiments, this one looks SO interesting! What a great blend of flavors ... the apple and honeydew are mellow sweet flavors ... the chili addition inspired! Very cool, Miss Mangocheeks!

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  14. love love love this post. especially this line: "just remember you want the flavours to love each other, not fight – just like a happy marriage."

    i had no idea that melon could make jelly!
    happy anniversary
    and i hope you're having a beautiful weekend :)

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  15. I like this, with chilli then it would be good for a cheese platter too :-)

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  16. that looks and sounds fantastic with honeydew melon, I never think of using that type of fruit to make sauces.

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  17. Hope you had a lovely anniversary. Like the way you linked the jelly to amber, gold and your wedding dress!

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  18. It looks and sounds divine! Happy anniversary :-D

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  19. Your recipes sound amazing. I would love to try some of them. Thanks for visiting my blog, it is always great to meet new friends. I'm going to become a follower so we can stay in touch.

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  20. Very aesthetic-looking jam. ;)

    Happy wedding anniversary!

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  21. i found your blog after you left a comment on my blog. i love the concept of your blog! i'd love to have a garden. i have the space; i just need the know-how and the motivation! my cop out is buying from the farmer's market :)

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  22. Happy anniversary and what a wonderful way to celebrate, with food that reminds you of your dress and again another genius recipe from you.

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  23. Ooh, that sounds very interesting and I love the colour. A belated happy anniversary as well! Your dress looks beautiful and I think that first photo from last years post is so evocative and brimming with colour and love. Happy 'cotton' anniversary. :-D xxx

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  24. beautiful jars:) you did an amaizing job. thank you for sharing.

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  25. Your chilli melon jelly is a beautiful amber color and I can just imagine it on toast, waffles or folded into yogurt, all great uses for such a wonderfully flavored jelly:)

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  26. I just got done making this, and I have to say- the flavor really is very lovely. Thanks for the recipe!

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  27. This is such a beautiful post - and you must have had a gorgeous wedding dress! We grew lots of chillies last summer - now I know what I should have done with them!

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  28. Wow, this looks soooo good. I'm lining up recipes I want to make, and this one has just been put at number 1! Honeydew melon is just coming into season here. I'm definitely going to add the chilli flakes. Thanks for a delicious - and interesting - post!

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  29. This melon & chilli jelly looks totally gorgeous. Your blog is wonderful - I love your use of fresh seasonal ingredients. Since I'm in spring here, I'm going to hang out here for a while and see what you made back in April.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I appreciate your visit.

    Sue :-)

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  30. Happy anniversary! Your jam is beautiful and I imagine the taste is spectacular (I love spicy jam). I have never seen melon in jam before - interesting! Does the flavor come through over the apple and chili?

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  31. Thank you Please Do Not Feed The Animals.
    I'll see what I can do about the dress, maybe post about it one-day, maybe next year now.

    Thank you so much Jaimie.
    A number of the recipes that feature on my blog are adapted from cookbooks, but with my own interpretation and twists; others are may own creation such as this melon and chilli jelly jam and the beetroot and choc waffles. I do come from a South Asian background with a penchant for spices so I think this contributes to my cooking style too.



    Thank you Sophie.



    Thank you so much Gardeningbren.
    Your kind words mean a lot to me. Thank you.


    Thank you so much Dee.

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  32. Thank you so much Emily.



    Thank you so, so much pommes cannelles.
    Your comment gave me the giggles. Very clever.



    Thank you so much MoOn :)


    Thank you NEURON.



    Thank you so, so much dear littleblackfox.
    I got your e mail. I will be e mailing you back today.


    Thank you for repaying the compliment Vetsy.
    I was rather pleased with the melon jelly experiment, I thought it was going to be a flop, but it worked ou well.

    Thank you so much Kateri.

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  33. Thank you sooo much Susan.
    If I had an incline this experiment was goign to fail, I probably would not have done it, but I had a good feeling about it.


    Thank you lovely Alexia.


    Thank you Alessandra.
    Now that you said it, I will def be using it on a cheese platter :-)


    Thanks peasepudding.

    Thank you so much Ann.

    Thank you Phoodie.

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  34. I love the simple process of making jelly and the many variations possible with different fruits and herbs. The speckling of herbs through the jar is a little hit and miss I find though but your chilli flakes look fab. I've had a cold this week and been using some of my herb jellies to make hot drinks. I bet your chilli jam would show the germs who's boss!

    Happy Wedding Anniversary to you and D. Enjoy recollecting your special day x

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  35. Thank you So, so much Gail.
    I am humbled.


    Thank you Andreas. It tastes good too!

    Thank you marla grace. I'd strongly encourage you to grow some of your own, even if its herbs :)


    Thank you so, so much Kath.


    Thank you Ruthdigs.
    So lovely to hear from you. Do hope your are well x


    Thank you blackbookkitchendiaries.


    Thank you so much Pacheco Patty :)
    It is always a pleasure to hear from you.


    Oh Angela.
    Thank you so much for letting me know. I just wish I could see your jar of gold too. I am so pleased that you liked the flavours. Did the chilli flakes suspend for you?
    Kind wishes and Thank you.

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  36. Thank you so, so much KitchenMaid.


    Thank you Sphinx.
    So lovely to make your acquaintance. I am so pleased to read that you are lking the recipes inmy blog space. Thank you so much!


    Thank you Sue of Couscous & Consciousness.

    Thank you Monica.
    I originally put in half a melon and the flavour of the apple was strong, but then I added all of it and it was melony. The chilli is subtle. You don't want it too strong as it will dominate the melon flavour.

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  37. Thank you Dear Nic.
    Sorry to read that you have been poorly. I do like your idea for natural medication. I will have to give it a go when I am bunged up with a cold which is due to happen in the next couple of months or so. x

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  38. That is definitely sunshine in a jar! You should sell it - would make a fortune!

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  39. Nicisme.
    So lovely to hear from you. Its been such a long time.

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  40. Oooh I love melons so I'm guessing I'd love this jam too.
    A belated Happy anniversary xx

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  41. Thank you so much Taz.

    So lovely to hear from you. I have always wanted to say Thank you to you for becoming a follower. It is most appreciated.

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  42. Love how u mingled all the flavours....Belated HAppy Anniversary..

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