Mixed Berries Jam, Persian and Healthy Style

Traditional Persian jams are made with whole or cut fruits rather than crushed fruits; they usually have no additive to make them jelly like and as a result any kind of fruit jam preserves that fruit’s look to a large extent.  It is hard to find this type of fruit jam in the market in Montreal, giving me one more incentive to make them at home from scratch.

For this particular jam, I used the four berries currently in season in Montreal:  Strawberries, black berries, blue berries and raspberries. You could certainly go with your own choices.  Also for this particular jam, I have deviated from traditional Persian jams by making it less sugary/sweet. I have used brown sugar instead of white sugar and only to a much less degree, and used maple syrup to get to the desirable thickness and sweetness. I am pretty happy with the result: Not as thick as a traditional Persian jam but much tastier! Give it a try to see for yourself! Read the rest of this entry »


Apple Jam

First off, this is a short entry only because it is a part of a “lecture” I have given in Farsi at Radio koocheh 😉 all about apple or sib –  its many miracles, icons, symbols and old and new appearance in Persian poetry and songs. But here is how I make apple jam:

Ingredients for a medium size jar:  Apple: half a kilo, peeled, and sliced in equal size. Sugar, half a kilo. Lime juice, 1 teaspoon. Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon. Water, two full glasses (of 250 ml.) Read the rest of this entry »


Granola with fresh fruit & yogurt

This is a wholesome, refreshing and pretty-looking breakfast or snack.

Ingredients (for a big plate serving 1-2): Your favorite granola, ½ cup. Plain yogurt. ½ cup. Fresh apple, pears, pitches and melon, thinly sliced, ½ cup each. Some fresh blueberries, raspberries and one ripe, medium size strawberry, cut like a “fan” (This video shows you how, if you do not know already)  . Hot chocolate, or honey or maple syrup., 1 tbsp. Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon.

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Cherry jam (whole fruit)

My favorite type of jam, made from any type of fruit, is the ones made with whole or cut fruits, rather than crushed fruits with lots of jelly-like pectin in them. And cherry jam, or morabaay albaaloo as we call it Persian, is on the very top of my list followed by quince and carrot. My sister has a couple of happy cherry trees in her yard providing us all with our yearly consumption of home-made cherry jam. Here is how we make it, in traditional way, with N. Daryabandari’s useful tips and recipe:

Ingredients: Cherries, 1 kg, pitted and washed. Sugar 1kg.

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Blueberries are good for you

While blueberries are still in season, I thought I would make a post to remind us of its health benefits. They are said to:

Improve short term memory loss; Ameliorate age-related declines in neural and cognitive function; Protect against macular degeneration of the retina; Promote urinary tract health; Act as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and COX-2 inhibitor; Improve glucose metabolism through the activity of chologenic acid; Reduce the risk of some cancers  (source  and here).

I am not very good at making jams, but I do love them. I received this blueberry jam from a friend in Europe, which was such a nice surprise to begin with. Plus, the standard jam jar lasted five days between my husband and I; that is how delicious it was!

 


Weekly vegetable and fruit shopping

 

Here is some math, for a change, behind a typical load of our vegetable and fruit purchase and consumption.  What you see here, nicely arranged for photography purpose!, makes  14 kg of fruits and vegetables,  serving the two of us for one week  (when added to other main ingredients such as rice, potatoes, meat,  that is). It costs $33.35. How does it compare to your grocery shopping?? Good deal, is what I think!

Well, if I were to buy the same items in the same quantities from any major supermarket, first of all it is very unlikely that I could have found them all in one place.  Secondly, it would have cost me at least twice this price and easily three times if I were not paying attention to the “specials” of the week.  Read the rest of this entry »


Egg and spinach breakfast (nargesi)

nargesi1This simple and pretty breakfast is called naregsi in Persian, alluding to narcissus flower or narges.
Ingredients (1 Serving): Fresh spinach, 100-120 grams, washed, drained and chopped. Egg, 1. Small Onion, ½, thinly sliced. Olive oil, 2 tbsp. Salt and pepper to taste.

Method: In a small pot, cook spinach over low heat for 2-4 minutes, until slightly smaller in volume. Do not add water, it will steam cook itself, just be careful not to lose the green colour of the leave by overcooking it. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze the spinach and drain the water.

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