Ultimate Jam Filled Valentines Menu

Planning on impressing someone this week with a home cooked meal? We have the perfect 3 course menu for you, obviously all featuring our Single Variety Co chilli jams and preserves. So get hot under the collar, and in the kitchen, with these simple but delicious meal ideas.

Starter: Pate on Toast with Jalapeño Jam

pate on toast

Add a zing to this classic starter. Serve wedges of pate, with lightly toasted thick slices of granary bread and a dollop of Jalapeño Jam on the side.


Main Course: Tuna Steak with Lemon Drop Chilli Jam

tuna steak

I don’t know about you, but having a fresh tuna steak for dinner is always a special treat in our house. Grill a tuna steak, then serve with a side salad and generous helping of Lemon Drop Chilli Jam. The citrus flavour in the lemon drop chilli jam works really well with fish, and the meatiness of tuna steak can handle the heat of our super hot chilli jam.

Dessert: Maravilla Raspberry Jam Tart

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To finish on something sweet, try this super quick and easy, but impressive dessert. Fill a sweet pastry case with Maravilla Raspberry Preserve, top with some fresh fruit and drizzle over some melted white chocolate.

For more recipe ideas, head to our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Much jam love,

Kate x

Harbinger Rhubarb Preserve is Back!

We’re very excited that this week we have launched our Limited Edition Harbinger Rhubarb Preserve. This is a firm favourite in the Single Variety Co kitchen and I know a lot of our customers and stockists have been eagerly anticipating its return in our range.

 
 

For those less familiar with the Harbinger Rhubarb Preserve let me tell you a bit more about it. Our Harbinger Rhubarb, forced rhubarb variety, is grown in Yorkshire by a third generation family rhubarb farm.

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Being a red stick variety, Harbinger Rhubarb makes a magnificent pink coloured preserve. It has a sweet tangy flavour, which we feel is perfectly encapsulated in this preserve.

So what do you eat it with? We love it on porridge, yoghurt and ice cream. Or if you fancy making it into a recipe, try this delicious Rhubarb Preserve Flapjack.

rhubarb flapjacks

Ingredients:

  • 225g unsalted butter

  • 225g demerara sugar

  • 6 tablespoons Harbinger Rhubarb Preserve

  • 275g rolled oats

  • 50g white chocolate chips (optional)

Method:

  1. Grease and line a 23cm x 30cm tin. Preheat the oven to 140°C.

  2. Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the rhubarb preserve, roughly three quarters of the jar. Mix in the oats. 

  3. Spoon the mix into the prepared tin, and smooth the surface with a spatula. 

  4. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes. The middle should still be slightly soft, as it will firm up once cooled.

  5. Allow the mix to cool for 10 minutes, then use a sharp knife to score the flapjacks into 24 squares. Allow to cool completely.

  6. Melt the chocolate in a microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring each time. Drizzle over the flapjacks, then allow to set. 

If that has tempted you to buy this delicious preserve, then you can buy it here now!

Much jam love,

Kate x

What is Marmalade?

It is officially marmalade season, and marmalade has a long history embedded into the British culture. Here at Single Variety Co we want to preserve this (no pun intended) and we’re busy making the most delicious tasting marmalade for you to enjoy.

So, what is marmalade? And why is it different to a jam or preserve? 

Marmalade has a long, complicated, and unclear history, but believed to date back to the 15th Century where it was originally made with quince paste. Other fruit pastes were later used, and the term “marmalade” became the generic name for fruit preserves made using a paste. It is thought oranges were first used in the 16th Century and in Britain we redefined “marmalade” as purely a citrus preserve. Read more about the history of marmalade here.

 
seville oranges
 

The favoured citrus fruit in the UK for marmalade is Spanish Seville oranges, which is what we use in our Single Variety Co Seville Orange Marmalade. But there is more to making the perfect marmalade, including peel, how set it is and ultimately the flavour.

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The peel is the most distinctive feature of a marmalade, and different options are available. From thick cut all the way to shred less (that’s marmalade with no peel), we reviewed lots of option when developing our Seville Orange Marmalade and ours is a thin cut peel.

 In terms of flavour we believe it is important that Seville Orange Marmalade has a balance of traditional bitter flavour with a sweet, refreshing orange tangy flavour. To ensure we get this flavour, we make our marmalade in small batches and cook for a shorter time.

 
 

Our Seville Orange Marmalade is available to order online from 7th February. Keep up to date on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

Much jam love,

Kate x

Chilli Jam Ideas

One question we continually get asked from customers is “what do you use chilli jam with?”.

lemon drop chilli

The amazing thing about chilli jam is it so versatile and can be used in so many ways. From pairing with cheese, using as a condiment, and topping a burger, to mixing it into your favourite dips, adding to a sandwich and using as an ingredient to make a salad dressing.

sausage rolls

Whilst a lot of people are watching what they eat in January, we’ve spent the first few weeks in the kitchen creating and photographing lots of chilli jam ideas to share with you all. Our new webpage has just gone live here, and we will periodically be updating it to continue to inspire you with all things jam.

chilli cheese sandwich

I hope you enjoy looking through them all and trying out something different with our chilli jams.

Much jam love,

Kate x