It was my birthday last Friday, and on Sunday after a matinee preview Sky wrangled friends to drink rose with me at The Other Room
photos courtesy of Kristina—you’re the best, as always
I do love birthday prezzies, I must say, and Juliana, who was my roommate for several years, knows me well: bring me something for the kitchen and I purr like a kitty. And so I’ve been introduced to Lemon Bird Jams.
She brought me Grilled Nectarine with Balsamic Vinegar, Long Peppers and Sea Salt (!!!) and having now sampled it straight out of the jar (truth be told this is one of my favorite ways to eat jam) I am eager to rest it next to some ready cheese (Manchego I’m thinking could be delish…..but I know if I walk into Beverly Hills Cheese Shop or Say Cheese they’ll give me a perfect pairing). Or glaze something and throw it on the grill…..
Of course I had to head straight to the site, where I’ve found flavors like Cherry with Star Anise, Peach with Rose Wine and Cinnamon, and Kumquat with Dark Chocolate and Espresso.
Uh oh. I just learned they have a jam-of-the-month club. Grapefruit with Jalapeno and Candied Ginger anyone? Apricot with Honey and Pistachio?
You can also find them on etsy and there are even a few retailers, some in CA and one in my hometown of Charleston, SC. I think I just found one of my new favorite gifts! Er, for my friends of course……with an extra jar for me every time……
One of these days I’m getting back in the kitchen and when I do it’s time for some jam-making of my own. Til then I am more than content with Lemon Bird. Which would also be a cool name for a kid……