Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tea Together Jams: Favorite Things

Tea Together jams
Some people don't like receiving product samples, but I don't mind. Of course I'm pretty fussy about what I'll consider and not everything I try is wonderful. But I never know what unexpected taste will inspire me. Over the past few years I've discovered some wonderful things that have become staples in my overflowing pantry.

Perhaps from my recipes you can tell I favor classic recipes with a twist--an unexpected flavor, ingredient or technique. A few weeks ago I received some samples of Tea Together organic jams and marmalades and here's the thing, they are each a bit out of the ordinary. Just check out these flavors--Blackberry & Elderberry with Fresh Ginger, Summer Pudding with Vanilla Pod, Orange Marmalade with Cinnamon Quill, Lemon Marmalade with Earl Grey Tea. See what I mean? The jams and marmalades are bright and intensely flavored but still retain a good texture even without added pectin. Made in the north of France in the village of St. Remy au Bois, from nothing but pure fruit and sugar, and perhaps some tea or spice. Each jar or set is packaged simply, but a real treat, nonetheless.

I think a sample of them or one large jar would make a lovely Mother's Day gift paired with fresh English muffins or crumpets and some tea. They really are special jams that will perk up breakfast toast or afternoon tea. Tea Together has a retail shop in Millburn, New Jersey or you can find their products online and at some retailers. An edible gift is always a nice way to show your appreciation, not just to your mom, but to those who produce high quality gourmet products with care and love.