sad skies and wacky winds kept us inside today, so the beach was put on the back-burner for another day. no matter, we had lots of things to do. a game of tennis in the morning. painting during the day and also more jam making. this time banana jam. after momo left a comment on one of my photo pages i became a curious bird about this tasty sounding concoction. i love banana on toast (especially pb + banana on toast) so i had to make a small batch for sharing and eating.
earlier in the week i saw banana for a $1.99, all pretty and green in a large bunch, so it didn’t end up being an expensive experiment. all week they were developing their leopard spots ripening away. i needed firm and ripe fruit according to this recipe. i thought to add toasted coconut or crushed peanuts to the jam, but in the middle of making it i decided to leave it as is. i would make little packs of toasted coconut and roasted peanuts to give away as toppings. toppings for toast or sundaes; whatever their preference. instead i upped the banana ratio by one and added some freshly ground nutmeg. and wow, delicious. golden and crimson. not too sweet, perfect on toasted bread and when it’s warmed i’m sure it would be lovely as a small dollop on vanilla ice cream.