Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Why Aren't I Sketching?


Plum Jam, that's why! Have you ever tried to stone a wild plum?

19 comments:

Joan said...

Robyn, I don't think I've ever seen wild plums. I guess they must by yummy if you're planning to make jam. I'm missing your sketching.

Anita said...

mmmmmmmmm home made plum jam ........I'm drooling!

juj said...

Yummmmm. Those are beautiful! I can't wait to see you sketch a few *wink*

Laureline said...

Is 'wild plum' another name for cherry? ;D. OK, Robyn, get the jam made and get back to work. Anybody can make cherry/plum jam. Only you can make della Robynia paintings. Just sayin'.

Judith in Umbria said...

Ummm, yes, just yesterday! I cooked them with sugar partway, then cooled them, covered, then plunged in with the hands to get the stones out. Resume cooking to done.

In the past I have used the food mill, which is an ugly procedure because the stones stop the blade moving. The problem is the resulting jam is beige... lacking the skins.

Africantapestry said...

Oh wonderful!! You should get down and sketch a little of all this activity in la cucina!
Ronell

caseytoussaint said...

Sounds delicious! We're all waiting breathlessly for the next sketches though...

Dave said...

You'll have to make it up to us by sending us all a jar of jam when it's made!

Dermott said...

Have I ever tried to stone a wild plum?

No, but in some countries I gather they're stoned for the sin of adultery.

Stacy said...

I like Dave's idea seeing as I've never had plum jam. It sounds like I'm missing out. This picture would make a lovely sketch once you get the plum juice off your hands.

Karen Cole said...

I can't possible diet when I look at your site, sketching or photographing, it makes no difference.

Anita said...

They are easy to stone...simply eat all the flesh and throw away the centre...Viola!
How yummy, will be worth all the efforts I'm sure.

Robyn said...

'Umm, more comments for a photo than I usually get for a sketch', she thinks to herself.

Thank you all for taking such an interest in my amateur jamming and sad lack of sketching.

Stacy - You must have done done this before! My fingernails are black from plum juice. I'm about to cut them all off.

Laura - Thank you for valuing me above jam. :)

Judith - I used the cherry pitter for the little yellow plums - worked a treat. The red ones were slightly bigger so I had to go in with the fingers - ended up with mush, then forgot to put the bagged seeds in this batch, so it's sort of plum sauce!

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments - I trust there is more future in art than jam. And for anyone who's wondering - bread making was a total disaster!

Gourmets of the world will be happy to know I'm now working on an oil painting.

P.S. Dermott - Unless you are kinder to 'you know who', your doggy wit is not going to be enough to worm your way back into my affection.

Katherine said...

I'm intrigued by Dermott!

Anyway - I was thinking you ought to sketch fruit first and then jam it. I was also going to suggest Judith's technique - but it looks like you're getting there anyway.

Robyn said...

Katherine - I'm so frustrated by all these domestic duties that are keeping me from spending endless hours following the golden threads on your blog. I want to be painting more flowers! Now HWEM tells me I have beetroot to pickle! Not to mention the laps I am swimming, every second day, to unload the kilos that Italian pastry donated.
As for Dermott - he's totally out of control and I'm sure he'll get back to you!

Katherine said...

Pickled beetroot is lovely!

I'm cooking up a proposition for you to look at soon....

I'm mad busy too - two exhibitions to sort by the end of the month - plus the project for July (what possessed me I do not know!). Certainly, no time for silly men!

Dermott said...

Woof, Katherine! I'm yours for the cost of a brisket bone.

Robyn said...

Katherine - Now I'm 'intrigued' ;)

ksklein said...

*lick... how many jars did you get out of it?

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