Is summer here yet? All I could remember was a few weeks of warm spring days that seemed a long time ago. Then, autumn weather started to set in. Again, we seem to have skipped summer this year! Blame the unusually southerly location of the jet stream.
I was watching news yesterday evening and was overly excited when I heard the jet stream is expected to move northwards soon. So, that means Britain may have a real summer! Well, it better be as I am so sick of the rain – it has been raining on and off without fail on a daily basis. The temperature struggles to climb beyond 20°C!
It’s true that my mood is so easily affected by the gloomy weather. However, to keep myself in positive mood, I always turn to food. 😉 I try make the most of summer produce! As you all may know that I never fail to indulge myself with berries of any kind. I was at a farmers’ market a few days ago and I saw lots of gooseberries! Yes, loads of them, especially the green ones! I got about 4 boxes of 400g each, having a few ideas in mind how to use them.
Last year around this time of the year, I made Vanilla Panna Cotta with Red Gooseberry Compote, which I adore. This time, I decided to make gooseberry jam. It’s great as I don’t have to wait for another summer to eat gooseberries. I have used cinnamon and vanilla to infused the jam. You can make it without if you prefer. I like how cinnamon gives a slightly deep brown shade to the jam and it smells wonderful! I think I should have enough to keep until next year if I don’t keep having gooseberry jam with my toasts. 😉