|Strawberries and Roses|
Oh my, but this is beyond delicious!
Henshelwood's are based here on the isle of Bute and you can pick up their gorgeous range of jams and chutneys via their website.
Imagine your favourite strawberry jam....now imagine it infused with the delicate scent of roses. Honestly, you won't know whether to eat it or dab it behind your ears!
It's undeniably classily tasty. However, I have been known to stand in the kitchen and spoon this straight out of the jar, straight into my mouth! Not so classy :-D
Don't worry about me being an unhygienic goddess and the double-dipping of the teaspoon in the jam, if ANYONE touches this jam jar, other than me, there is an investigation that makes the Spanish Inquisition look like a Sunday School quiz.
The strawberries for this jam come from Scotland's soft-fruit heartland, Blairgowrie.
My earliest memory of Blairgowrie was in a caravan park with my dad and my younger brother. Juno had managed to slip away to Majorca with a couple of gal pals (this was the 1970s) and dad had opted to take us Up Country.
The caravan was fine and toasty, but the problem was my chosen book: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, which had scared me (aged 12) absolutely RIGID. I had to be escorted to and from the toilet block by my dad (who had not a CLUE what I was reading in bed at night!) and insisted in sleeping with a light on. Given that the lights in the caravan were those wee gas mantle things at the time, and that dad had no intention of gassing us all in our sleep, I spent most nights hunkered down in my sleeping bag, fervently bargaining with God to keep me safe until dawn and generally waiting for demonic possession.
It was years later before I got to see the film - and yes, I was still scared rigid.
And now when I think of Blairgowrie, I think of demonic possession.
And strawberries, of course.
Henshelwood's do a phenomenal Raspberry and Lavender jam too.
I urge you to do some exploring on the Henshelwood's site and push your jammy envelope!
*imminent diabetes face*
What's your favourite jammy marmaladey spread?!