Last week, we went to my parents’ house in the French countryside, near Lyon. We were lucky to wander through the fields and to play in the garden … It is a pleasure to see how kids simply play with branches, herbs, insects or lizards they find on their way.
They also spent time helping their grandmother to pick redcurrants that were ripe to the point … They enjoyed them in the moment while picking them and also helped their grandma to make jelly or to frozen them with sugar for next winter. Always interesting for kids to follow an entire production cycle and see how we can turn a simple product into a gourmet recipe that they’ll then enjoy each morning on their breakfast table.
Here, in this very summery post, are some pictures of the picking,Grandma’s recipe for jelly and for frozen red currants … as well as two beautiful books from Komako Sakai talking about countryside …and jam. These books are a perfect medium to continue holidays once back in town!
The recipe for redcurrant jelly by Grandma
Once collected, cook the redcurrants (no need to remove small tails) with the juice of half a lemon in a large pot over low heat. Then mix and strain the currants. Weigh the obtained juice and mix it with sugar (750 g sugar per 1 kg of juice). Bake in the fire pot over high heat, stirring often for about 20 minutes (until the jam flows drip when taken with a spoon). Let cool down, then pot.
Frozen red curant recipe
This recipe is very simple. It allows to keep currants ready to taste in wintertime. These red currants are delicious with vanilla ice cream for example.
Clean currants and remove small tails. Put in a freezing container. Cover with two large spoonfuls of sugar. Stir and freeze.
Some books about the summer and the countryside
Finally, here are two books by Komako Sakai who knows so well how to talk about the country life with simplicity and poetry.
- The tree jam, Komako Sakai: A nice book that explains to children the cycle of nature from flowers to fruit, … then to the cooked fruit. We follow the adventure of Blanche, a little bunny who is facinated by an apple tree.
- In the grass, Komako Sakai and Yukiko Kato : the adventures of a girl lost in the wil grass … Again, a beautiful hymn to nature and summer.
I wish you a wonderful week ! See you on Thursday for a cultural post 😉