Snapshots: London Borough of Jam
Meet the lovely Lillie O'Brien: preserver and conserver extraordinaire from our very favourite London Borough of Jam. We take a peek at Lillie's colourful life of fruit and sugar and jam jars.
Perfect timing to invest in my recipe book Five Seasons of Jam this Spring. The chapters are based around the 5 seasons in my preserving kitchen. Starting with Alive (spring) moving onto 2 seasons in Summer (Early & late) then Autumn & Winter.
Now is also the perfect time to slow down and start baking more. We all have much more time in the kitchen which is lovely and making things from scratch is much more therapeutic. One of my favourite ways to eat is LBJ layered between a Victoria Sponge.
Camberwell BA Illustration Year 3, Project 2020
I was asked earlier this year to pitch a LBJ brief to Camberwell BA illustration Year 3 students. The brief was a promotional piece to demonstrate how LBJ jams can be eaten & enjoyed. I asked for an A2 poster that could be folded down to an A6 leaflet which would show that Jam isn’t just served on toast. Here is the winning design by Ola Galewicz. The back yet to be revealed.
This is me in my small shop kitchen. We have now moved the jam production to a larger kitchen but it is here that I come up with new ideas and recipe test.
Beautiful Forced Rhubarb from Tomlinson’s Farm in Yorkshire. We were using this in the jam kitchen up until early March. The season has now ended and we're now using lots of Outdoor Rhubarb which has a different flavour & colour. Did you know that Rhubarb is a vegetable?
Next up is also British Strawberries!
My favourite Spring jam is Pink Gooseberry & Elderflower. It may be early but I noticed 2 flowers blooming this morning in my back garden. Use the same way as you would cream Elderflower but you will get a beautiful pink colour. I have 2 recipes in my book using Pink Elderflower.
My Jam workshops are on hold at the moment but I usually run jam workshops throughout Spring & Summer with a small group of 6 people. I really miss doing these.