Fig, Strawberry & Honey Jam

Strawberries & Figs – aren’t they gorgeous together?

I came across a post yesterday for fig & honey jam which was sweetened with coconut sugar & honey, no refined sugar! YAY!

But for some reason I kept thinking “Strawberries & figs” , it just seemed to be the perfect mix. So I decided to give it a shot and tweaked the above recipe based on the ingredients I had on hand.

I’m so so soooooooo happy with how it turned out!

Fig, Strawberry & Honey Jam
A paleo fig & strawberry jam sweetened with coconut sugar & honey
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of fresh figs, stems removed and quartered
  2. 1/2 lb of fresh strawberries, tops reoved and quartered
  3. 1/2 cup coconut sugar (can use cane sugar)
  4. 1/2 cup honey
  5. 2 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  2. Reduce heat so that it keeps boiling, just not so intense. You also don't want just a simmer.
  3. Keep cooking until it thickens, which could take 60-90 minutes - BE PATIENT!
  4. Once thickened, pour into a jar, let cool and refrigerate.
  5. Enjoy!
Adapted from Flavour the Moments
http://chantalrogers.com/

 

Kokedama Staghorn Fern

When I finally found a staghorn fern a few weeks ago I was EXCITED! They are rare and usually expensive. I somehow only paid $2.49 at homedepot and I was beside myself!

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I thought I really wanted to mount it on a piece of wood, with moss surrounding the roots, but I didn’t know where to hang it, and watering it seemed like it would be a huge chore (taking it down, giving it a shower in the sink and then waiting for it to dry before hanging it back up).

So it stayed in it’s pot, patiently waiting for me to decide what I wanted to do. Last weekend I toyed with the idea of placing it in an open terrarium and after some more research decided against it. They are an epiphyte which is an “air plant” so they aren’t planted in soil and a terrarium would probably cause root rot. 

During my research I came across a type of bonsai called Kokedama which means Japanese moss ball. Basically it’s a plant surrounded in a ball of moss, that can be hung by a string or placed on a pretty platter. 

So I decided to do my loose version of kokedama, by making a sphere using mini vine wreaths and filling it with moss inside and covering it with moss outside. 

So I started with :

  • My staghorn fern
  • 3 mini vine wreaths
  • 2 types of moss, soaked in warm water
  • nylon string

I clipped the wires holding the wreaths together and formed a sphere leaving a large opening to fit the fern. 

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When I was happy with the size and shape (keeping in mind the size of the plant!) I started adding moss on the outside (Make sure to squeeze the water out before!). When I was mostly done, I tied 1 end of the nylon string to a piece of the vine and started weaving the string around the sphere to secure all the pieces of moss. When I was satisfied with how secure it was, I tied off the string on another piece of vine and started fluffing up the moss to hide the string. I added moss here and there to fill in gaps and make it look how I wanted.

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Then I added a bunch of moss to the inside and took the fern out of the pot, loosened the soil from the roots and removed as much as would easily fall. I put the fern inside the sphere and added moss all around to fill all the gaps and to secure it in the sphere. 

Then it was time to place it on an old cake stand where it would get plenty of light (but no direct sunlight!)

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I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!!!