#AtoZChallenge – J is for jam

Russian jamI would imagine there will be a number of “jam” entries for the A to Z Blogging challenge, since there aren’t that many J words appropriate for this context. And I admit, this entry is a little bit of a stretch for my theme of introducing elements of my new book, Dust to Blood.

In my defense, food is a significant thread through my story, representing the nurturing the lost boys missed as part of their imprisonment by the state. Plus, Russians have a significant sweet tooth. It’s not uncommon to watch them load 3, 4, even 5 cubes of sugar into their tea–or even pop a cube into their mouth before starting to drink. Sometimes, they even sweeten their tea with jam, as explained in the Wikipedia entry about Russian Tea habits, culture, and history.

In researching potential images for this entry, I even found a news story from the London Telegraph reporting on dacha culture and the ubiquity of berry-picking and food preservation techniques. This goes the other way, too, with most meals including some pickled variety of food as well (something Anne comments on in the course of her culinary experiences there), with some potentially horrific results (at least to American-educated tastes!).

I know my foodie friends out there will have some great recipes to share for making jam, but that’s a bit more of a culinary adventure than I’m up for (I have childhood memories of exploding jars of tomatoes that have kept me away from canning expeditions). Freezer jam is good enough for me. 😉

4 Responses to “#AtoZChallenge – J is for jam”

  1. A.D. Duling says:

    Hi Tonya,

    Your doing the blog hop too! love your post! I way down the line..in the 800’s :0)

  2. zencherry says:

    Ah…jam. On toast, with butter, on anything! 😀

  3. Maurice M says:

    5 cubes of sugar! Wow. I take my coffee black. A-Z visitor
    – Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
    @thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

  4. Ophelia says:

    Yes! I love this. In fact, I almost blogged about JAM today. But then my Beta Reader wanted to do a couple of guest blogs for me, so I gave her today. Luckily, she chose a sweet treat food topic too. Oh and PS: My mother will be teaching me how to can freezer jam in just one week. Squee! After reading your post, I’m even more excited.

    Keep up the great work, and good luck the rest of the mont!

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