Chilli jam

Another month has rolled by so quickly and this months cookery club challenge was making jam. I always like to buy and cook food in season, where possible. So I visited the market to see what I could buy.
There was quite a choice strawberries, plums and even some damsons, but they also had lots of cherry tomatoes going for a song! Last year I made some chilli jam, which my son was very keen on, so this is what I decided to make.

The recipe is taken from Delicious magazine


  1. 2 tsp cumin seeds
  2. 2 tsp coriander seeds
  3. 750g ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 2 onions, finely chopped
  5. 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  6. 2 large mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  7. 5cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  8. 250ml white wine vinegar
  9. 300g soft light brown sugar
  10. 2 tsp fish sauce (nam pla) or soy sauce
In the picture above there is no ginger. I knew I had some and only found it after I had taken the photo. It was lurking in the depths of the deep freeze. I only learnt recently that you can freeze it, and grate it from frozen, but it worked really well.


First of all I took the cumin and coriander seeds and heated them gently to bring out the fragrance, they did smell good! Then I crushed them in a pestle and mortar.
All the ingredients were then added to a pan (I used a wok) - what a glorious colour.

Then simmer until a jam-like consistency is reached and add the fish or soya sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Take off the heat and spoon in sterlised jars and seal when still warm.

Serve with cheese and oat biscuits. It did taste good!

I am looking forward to seeing what other jams everyone in the cookery club has made. The other participants are as follows :-

Lucent Imagery (cooking club founder)
From River’s Edge
Anything Squirrel Squirrel
Under Lock & Key

Thank you once again Lucent for organising this fun challenge.

Sarah x


  1. ive never made jam or anything like that always thought it was just too time consuming! love eating home made jam though!

  2. Hello Sarah:
    We are not at all surprised that your son really enjoys this for it looks absolutely delicious and we love the idea of its being made with good, fresh seasonal ingredients.

    We do not suppose that you would consider starting a little export business?!!

  3. Hello Jane and Lance,
    I'm not sure my attempt would compare favourably with the jams produced by Lance's family!
    Sarah x

  4. Hello Sarah, your jam sounds nice. I love it to do make jam. I make a lot of jam from some fruit, and do you make also some chutney i like chutney also with fruit and some onions vinegar.
    It is lovely, enjoy your weekend, greeting


  5. That looks delicious Sarah especially with the oat cakes and cheese to compliment it.

  6. That chilli jam looks scrumptious.

  7. I shall definitely be making your recipe, it looks delicious. I didn't know that about ginger, the amount of mouldy bits I've thrown away over the years!

  8. Sarah - what a great idea to make a savoury jam! it hadn't even occurred to me. The flavours in your jam look so fantastic that I'm keen to try it myself!

  9. Oh yum! Love the idea of making savoury jam! Sounds like it would be scrumptious on a sandwich.

  10. I've never thought to make chilli jam but I will have to now after seeing those mouthwatering pictures! And with oatcakes and cheese - yum!

  11. I would love to try this! I've never had chilli jam before but I can just imagine how good it'll taste with cheese and crackers

  12. Oh wow, the smells and colours as you cooked this must have been incredible. I also didn't know you could freeze ginger - will start doing that! I love that you went with a savoury option, I love savoury flavours more often than sweet. I'm definitely going to be making more jam in the future. Love having you in the club!

  13. High five for chilli jam! Yours looks so much better than mine, lots of ingredients for a more complex flavour! I think I'll have to try your recipe next time. Is it nice and hot?

  14. Wow! What a unique take on this cooking challenge. I love the fact that you chose something that I never would have thought of.

  15. I love chilli jam! My sister makes the most delicious chilli jam and gives it for Christmas pressies! Thanks for sharing! Ada:)

  16. Cohen konserten var fantastisk. Og han roste Norge og hyllet Marianne Ihlen ved å synge : So long Marianne.
    Jeg elsker den historien om dem, og synest det var stort å se Cohen synge sangen hennes med stor innlevelse.
    Jeg er glad jeg fikk oppleve han in live.
    God helg til deg.

  17. Oh Sarah that looks delicious, I'm definitely going to make this. I once made chilli jam from a Nigella book, it tasted good but set like concrete!!

  18. Hello Sarah
    It looks delicious, your photos are very good,
    Thank you for you lovely comments
    Thea x

  19. Dearest Sarah, this looks fantastic! Must copy it immediately! I love cheese and oatbiscuits! Although for the latter I will have to go far! :o( Christa

  20. Hello Sarah
    This looks delicious.
    Home made jams are the best as the ingredients are pure.
    The photographs are excellent too
    Have a glorious weekend

    Helen xx

  21. It sound yummy Sarah. Lovely photos of Exeter too. Have a wonderful weekend. : )

  22. You've reminded me I've been meaning to plant out the chilli seeds I harvested last year. The time to plant is now so in they go.

  23. Just found your blog through Oh So Vintage, that recipe sounds delicious, can't wait to try it out.
    So greetings from Devon, and your new follower.

  24. That looks yum! I bet it smells nice, too! :)

  25. Oops I thought I commented on this post. Maybe the interwebs ate it! :) I think chilli jam would make a great gift for many guys I know. Thanks for the inspiration!


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