Roasted Strawberry Ginger Pimm’s Jam: An experiment


So Mr. Ivriniel and I are Steampunks.  Steampunk started out as a literary genre of Science Fiction, but has expanded into cosplay and even into people’s life styles!  Jake Von Slatt of the Steampunk Workshop is a great example of someone who brings steampunk into his day to day life.

Now we’re nowhere close to the Venerable Mr. Von Slatt, but I try to bring bits and pieces into my workaday life, especially when it comes to the kitchen.  Steampunk Cookery is a great blog to go to for inspiration.  The author of that blog, Aaron, is a trained chef, who delights in digging up old recipes and modernizing them.

For me, Steampunk in the kitchen includes canning and preserving the way people in the Victorian era would have.  With the addition of the Pimm’s liqueur, an ingredient first made 1823, this jam recipe feels steampunk to me.  I could totally see serving this up as part of an afternoon tea with scones, or in jam-filled cookies or tarts.  Sadly, as you can see, all I had at the moment to eat it with was some Premium Plus crackers, but it was not bad that way, either.

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And so it begins…

Probably.  I have adult ADHD and tend to have trouble following through on things I start.  But  I’m going to give this a go.

So my whole life I have been a science nerd.  Growing up as a kid with undiagnosed ADHD, I noticed *everything* around me.  And I wanted to know how everything worked.  This lead to a lot of experimenting:  whether it was mixing random stuff from the bathroom cupboard together, catching frogs, attempting to invent my own cake mixes, when I used up the ones that came with my Easy Bake Oven (Flour, water and sugar, put into an easy bake oven do not make a cake.  They make dried paste.).

At the same time, I was also a geek.  My dolls lived in castle on another planet and acted out Space Operas.  I made paper dolls to fit in with these stories, or hand sewed little dresses out of scraps for my Strawberry Shortcake knock-off dolls.  I broke up a hunk of amethyst I was given, and used wire from the garage to twist little tiaras for the dolls to.

So here I am, an adult, and I still like to do this sort of thing.  Only my experiments tend to be in the garden and the kitchen.  My doll outfit making impulses find an outlet in cosplay and the occasional stuffed animal made from scraps.  I don’t have the greatest fine motor skills, but I like to make stuff, and Mr. Ivriniel has promised one day to teach me how to use his sewing machine.

So anyways, I intend for this blog to chronicle my various projects.  Let’s see how it goes.