Last March my mother reminded about my grandma’s 90th birthday in April. She thought that maybe I should think about sending her a special card or a little gift. So, since I am the biggest fan of hand made gifts, I decided to make something special for her. And… since I am into food I instantly thought that maybe I could make a really cool preserve that could be put in a jar and shipped to Poland.
I don’t think my grandma’s pallet is so sophisticated but she isn’t picky either. I decided on 4 ultimately Socal ingredients so she could have a little taste of my life here. Tomatillos, jalapeno, cilantro and lime. I boiled them down and made a little preserve that could be used as a jam, chutney, marinade or glaze for meats. I ended up making way more so my mom, my brother and his wife got some as well. I even made special Food Polka labels. Haven’t heard from grandma but my mother and her neighbor says it’s delicious. You are welcome to try it out.
Spicy tomatillo-jalapeno jam
- 1 lb tomatillos (husks removed)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (with stems)
- 1 jalapeno (seeded and thinly sliced)
- 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tbs honey
1 cup water
4 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
zest of 1 lime
pinch of salt
Now follow these steps:
- Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and set over medium heat; allow them come to a simmer and stir occasionally; let them slow cook for about 45 to 60 minutes (until thicken and achieve loose jam consistency).
- Take pot of the heat and let it cool down; pour it into a jar or container; cover tightly and refrigerate.