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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wild Rose Faery Jam ❤

For everyone who LOVES roses and rose petals, or if you have purchased petals from my website (www.wanderingmermaid.etsy.com) here are some lovely recipes that use rose petals.

This is a wonderful recipe for WILD ROSE FAERY JAM, from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Wicca Cookbook by J. Wood and T. Seefeldt.

Ingredients:
2 cups water
2 cups rose petals, white bases removed (they are bitter tasting!)
2-1/2 cups super fine sugar
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/4 tablespoon rose water

In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Decrease heat to the simmering point and add the rose petals. Simmer for 5 minutes, until petals are pliable. Add the sugar and lemon juice. Bring back to a boil. Decrease heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture begins to thicken. Add the rose water. Let stand, until foaming.


Too test for donesness, place a spoonful of the jam on a cold saucer. Allow the mixture to cool and push on the surface; if it wrinkles, it is ready. Allow the jam to cool slightly, then pour into sterilized jars. Store in the refrigerator; jam will keep up to two months.



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Courtney McNeil began studying painting and illustration in 1985 in London, England. Not one to stay in one place very long she continued perfecting her love of the arts while traveling the world studying painting and illustration in Europe, Hawaii, California, and Australia and eventually graduated cum laude with a BA in illustration and continued on to do her graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  A few years later she added to her creative interests and studied letterpress and bookmaking at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After receiving her undergraduate degree she began work at the Getty Museum in Malibu for almost a decade which allowed her to study and work among some of the most famous classic works of art in the world from Vincent Van Gogh to Manet. Teaching in the galleries of the Getty started her career in Art Education. She has been teaching painting and drawing to young artists and adults at the Davis Arts Center since 2006.