for breakfast: homemade jams from france…
Posted in food, france, personal, pia's photos July 20th, 2009 by piablog


…the perfect way to start a monday morning, non? The jams were made from the fruits of French Boy’s childhood garden – cerises, abricots, and griottes. His mother made them and brought them with her on her recent visit.

This morning, while French Boy and I spooned mouthfuls onto our toast, he told me stories about his childhood garden, with trees full of cherries, plums, figs and apples. I would scarcely believe him if I hadn’t already seen the garden many times with my own eyes. It is magical to me, a world so different to my own. Like a secret garden.

I wonder if I might make a garden like this of my own one day. I dream of it often.

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  1. nath says

    yes! what is it about orchards? dripping with fruit and promise. magical.

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  2. Amanda says

    I love the way you see beauty in the everyday!

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  3. katiecrackernuts says

    It sounds magical. I have The Lost Gardens of Sydney out and my organic gardening guide out at the moment plotting this weekend’s activities in my own garden. Bananas are on, I took two buckets of lemons to work today (to share my excess produce), I need to look uop how much longer before I can pull my carrots and I am pondering sourdough cheeses and chutneys to make the most of the lettuce and rocket and parsley that needs to be eaten. Mmmmmm.

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  4. Paris Parfait says

    Nothing better than homemade, right? My grandparents had such a garden as French Boy’s. And their homemade jams and jellies were always such a treat, especially the fig jam and plum jam. I hope you do have the garden of your dreams someday!

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  5. erin says

    miam. sounds like the perfect morning.

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  6. French Boy says

    Et des groseilles aussi… (European Gooseberry in English). Miam miam.

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  7. vintage simple says

    Toast and jam sounds like the perfect way to start the day, indeed… It’s funny you dream of growing your own fruit trees… with this post, you’ve transported me to a dream-like place, too… France, toast, love…. Thanks!

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  8. valeria says

    wow a perfect way to start the morning. gardens so beautiful as those we will all day enjoy:) happy monday

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  9. Andi says

    Wow, that looks mouthwatering delicious!!! I wish that I could have a secret garden (in France). Maybe one day! What a lovely way to start the week. 🙂

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  10. Mowie says

    I couldn’t agree more! Homemade jam is one of those things to savour in life. I went to a pyo farm the other week and brought back loads of fruit and made redcurrant and raspberry jelly with infusion of lavender – it turned out yummy!

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  11. Mowie says

    Oops, forgot the link to the pictures & recipe:

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  12. liza says

    If anyone could make such a garden, it would be you!

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  13. if jane says

    oh yum..;)) and great photo…

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  14. Laura [what I Like] says

    What a wonderful vignette! I just made some cherries in wine that I was planning to save until fall, but you’ve tempted me to break into my stash tonight…

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  15. krys kirkpatrick says

    Some will never have a garden…we can appreciate all the wonderful pictures of them…But we can all enjoy Jam…with butter….and good bread.

    July 21st, 2009 | #

  16. Jeska says

    lovely post, so like my garden dream too.

    July 21st, 2009 | #

  17. Bali Beach Bunny says

    you just said the password and turned on my french craving.
    where was fb’s childhood garden en france?
    any photos to fix and renew the crave?

    have you tried a marmalade martini? i’m opening a bar in bali and just writing the cocktail list at the moment. heard about the drink and wondered if anyone has sampled?

    p.s. think i’m also addicted to your blog

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  18. pia says

    bali beach bunny – wow, a bar in bali! that sounds like a fab project, can’t wait to see what you create. the jam comes from the jura, in east france (close to the swiss border). Here is a post I wrote a while ago with some pictures for you:

    Thank you very much for being addicted to my blog 🙂

    thank you everyone for your comments, I’m so glad homemade jam inspires you as much as it does me!

    katie crackernuts – your garden sounds absolutely magical – bananas, lemons, carrots – yum yum yum.


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  19. Fem says

    I want some homemade french jam ♥

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  20. bonbon oiseau says

    ok–i’m completely sold–how beautiful this all is… now i am ready for a jam making weekend (and planting a garden full of fruiting trees)…and a post for you of a friend i think you’ll like:

    happy summer jam eating pia…

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  21. Bali Beach Bunny says

    ah my ex boyfriend used to live near the jura. on the swiss side. a little place called chavannes de bogis. so beautiful. i miss crossing the border on a sunday to go the amazing market. patisseries, roast chicken, gratin, cheese, meats, fruit, veg, miam.
    their place looks so quaint and quirky.
    making the nostalgia kick in!

    July 23rd, 2009 | #

  22. Brittany Noel says

    That jam looks amazing. I, too, wish for a garden like that someday. Right now, I just have a few vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini), but I would love to have a few fruit trees and bushes. For now, I have to rely on the farmer’s market, which is a joy in itself!

    July 27th, 2009 | #

  23. Love Life says

    Dear Pia,
    Homemade jams from France must be great and of course those which are made by French Boy Garden (I suppose :-)) I just wanted to say that your blog is just a source of inspiration for me!
    Have a wonderful weekend..

    September 25th, 2009 | #

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