Luscious Peach and Raspberry Conserve

Luscious Peach and Raspberry Conserve

Luscious Peach and Raspberry Conserve

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True confessions time.  Peaches and Raspberries are fruits low in pectin, so even the addition of lemon makes it difficult to achieve a set much firmer than a thick, chunky sauce .. which is just fine by me. I reach for a jar anytime I am making Berry Nutty Tart or Apple Berry Flan. I fill muffins with it. I beat it into thick cream to fill sponges or cup-cakes. I put it into smoothies and stir it into yoghurt. However by far the most common fate is poured over ice-cream. Try it, you’ll see I am right.

Berry Nutty Tart

It's as good for you as it looks and tastes

It’s as good for you as it looks and tastes

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Fifteen years ago I came home to find Beloved curled in a fetal position in our shower, moaning in pain. It was not the first time I had seen him thus during the previous year, not even the twentieth time, but this was the worst and I was scared. When I managed to help him to a sitting position I went from scared to horrified at the realisation that his Doctors had got it terribly, terribly wrong. An incipient stomach ulcer doesn’t turn the whites of your eyes a pale, dirty yellow. I grabbed his dressing gown with one hand and his ear with the other. I am not talking figuratively here .. I mean I literally grabbed his ear and “helped” him to the car against his protests that he wasn’t that bad. A few traffic-law-violating minutes later I marched him .. by the ear .. up to the the Triage Nurse in the local ER. She took one look at his eyes and hit the Big Red Button. Hours later he was in surgery to remove the necrotic remains of his Gall Bladder and a sizable chunk of his liver. Don’t be too hard on the man. This was late Friday afternoon and he was due to start his shiny new job on Monday morning. I was very pregnant with Angel at the time, so I had just had to resign my job. Money was tight and the new, well paid job was something we desperately needed. However, had he not sought help when he did, he’d have been dead by Monday. It was a very sobering thought.