Nicky from delicious days announced the other day that she is working on her second book which will be about "gifts from the kitchen". I think that giving away homemade gifts is like giving away hugs in glass jars.
I made vanilla-strawberry jam last weekend as a birthday-gift for a very good friend. Once you open the jar, summer scents come floating out and you can hear the waves of the ocean rolling in. Since the jam will only last until the end of summer though, I also knitted a scarf, which will keep my friend warm in the winter.
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500 gr of strawberries
1 vanilla bean
250 gr of preserving sugar
Cut the strawberries into small pieces, set half of them aside. Squeeze the lime and mix the juice with half of the strawberries. Scratch out the vanilla beans and add to the strawberries. Blend the mix until smooth and pour it into a saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to a boil. Add the rest of the strawberry-pieces. Boil for about 3-5 minutes while constantly stirring. Fill the hot jam into thoroughly cleansed glass jars, and close them immediatley. Makes three small glasses.
When in Berlin, the jam tastes best on Splitterbrötchen from the Hacker bakery.