Are you familiar with the Oregon Grape shrub and its berries? I've often seen them growing and hanging full of berries which I thought were just for the birds. I was wrong. Youngest son picked some last week, found a recipe and made the most tasty jelly. Not to be outdone I tried his recipe
( but we all know I don't actually follow any recipe), and ended up with my own Oregon Grape jelly which is less sweet that his but more clear. When he put his through a colander he mashed them with more force so that some pulp also was squished through. The texture was better than mine I think).
The less sweet part is because I thought the recipe called for way too much sugar.
Donna asked if these jars sealed and if not how was the jam/jelly preserved. I used to put melted paraffin on top of the jam but these days I make small batches of jam and just keep them in the fridge. We're great jam lovers so we go through a jar fairly quickly.
An Oregon Grape in bloom....
...and one full of berries.
Another question I wanted to answer was about my Bean Soup. It is really just a vegetable soup with the predominant veg being the green beans. The important difference is that the soup is flavoured with Summer Savory. Without this herb it's just veg soup. Oh yes, and cream is added just before serving.
Mary, over at Hill Top Post, asked about our Hummingbirds. We have both Rufous and Anna's.
The Ruby-throated are found in most of the provinces east of us.
I hope I've answered any questions. I'm never sure whether to answer them in the comments or if anyone actually goes back to check.
Thanks for visiting, G.M.