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Masterpiece Monday: Call the Midwife (ep. 1)

Michaelmas Jam

Michaelmas jam 4

Happy almost-October, my friends!

I saw a recipe in The Herb Quarterly for a "Spiced Blackberry Spread" and I thought - wouldn't that be lovely at Michaelmas? Since blackberries are tied into Michaelmas legend, I thought I'd rename my attempt, "Michaelmas Jam." :)

Anyhoo, I got some nice local blackberries and this weekend I cooked up a pot of this "jam" or "conserve" or "relish," if you will. It's not a sweet concoction, mind you ... something you'd eat alongside a meat dish perhaps. I was thinking (hoping) it will be nice next to our roast chicken tonight. (If anyone would like the recipe, please let me know in the comments below.)

And aren't these jars gorgeous?

Michaelmas jam 3

Here's a peek inside at the fruit ...

Michaelmas jam 1

I also made cupcakes for a party we attended this weekend, but I left some at home so the boys could enjoy their traditional "Michael's Sword Cakes." (These are just devil's food cupcakes, topped with buttercream and pierced by a cocktail sword - just as St. Michael slew the terrible dragon.)

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Tonight is also the Full Harvest Moon - my favorite moon of the year! - alas, it's raining here, so I guess we'll be missing it. Nevertheless, in its honor we are also having a medley of roasted harvest vegetables alongside that roast chicken and spiced jam ... and if I'm feeing especially ambitious, I just might make a dragon bread, too. (Though as the day goes on, that looks less and less likely, lol.)

So my friends, I thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a Happy Michaelmas ... any special plans for the evening? We here are quite excited for the season premiere of Once Upon a Time and then, thanks to our dvr, Bill and I will check out that new PBS show, Call the Midwife. I'll have a Masterpiece Monday post up tomorrow morning so we can all chat about that. :)

So take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and I'll see you here again very soon!

p.s. Don't forget - "Rabbit, Rabbit" in the morning!

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