Apple and Rose Hip Jam

Rose hips can easily be made into a vitamin C rich tasty spread. I make this recipe with dates and apples to sweeten the rose hips. It is best to cook rose hips even though heat breaks down vitamin C. There is also an enzyme in rose hips that also breaks down vitamin C very quickly which is neutralized by heat. Therefore it is important to cook the rosehips long enough but not too long!

I like this method because it can take a really long time to clean rose hips individually and remove the hairs and seeds from them. Simmering them and then straining them through a moulie or sieve helps this process to go faster.

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Moist Date Muffins

This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe given to me by Oliver Matzer, an easy-going Austrian Chef who has a beautiful style of food, and is owner of More Than Bread, an boutique catering company in Auckland, New Zealand.

Makes about a dozen.

  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c yogurt
  • 1 c softened butter

Mix these three ingredients together. Cover, and let sit overnight in a warm place.

The next day add:

  • 1 1/2 c pitted dates
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 c boiling water to cover dates
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch of salt

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