February 1, 2007

"Is it a ginger jam ?"- No. "maybe a grapefruit marmalade?" - NO..and so on..; Nobody will guess , but the main ingredient in this dark golden jam is.... Turnip (but not only turnip..). Did you ever made a Turnip jam?.. This is my first jam which is not made out of fruits .. ; I didn't cook the jam too much (but for an hour +-), after cooling it for few hours , you'll get a thick jam.The recipe is taken from Ya'acov Lishansky's Cookbook : Sour Sweet Sharp 1996 - printed in Israel in Hebrew (I'm not sure if there is an English version for this Cookbook)- all you need to know + many recipes about:Jams, homemade wines,pickles, preserves ,tasty spreads,olives,liqueurs, homemade ketchup.. and much more.
Ya'acov Lishansky was born in Metula ,Israel in 1912.When he was a young child he helpd his mother and grandmother with all cooking tasks,how to cook jams, how to dry fruits..and not letting the birds around eating all that.. ;As a grown up - cooking and especially making jams,pickled vegetables , making wines at home was a serious and enjoyable hobby for Jakob and his wife - Esther ; He was the first and only Israeli man to win first prize at "Queen of the Kitchen" cooking contest ; He passed away in his 90s ; Now for years in the same old house in Metula you can find the "Lishansky House "(Beit Lishansky) , [here is the house pic]which is an Hotel and a well known restaurant , managed by the family.[+Lishansky's Halvah Cheesecake recipe] בית לישנסקי+קצת היסטוריה + טיפים לכבישת זיתים +שזיפי בוסר ירוקים מוחמצים
Turnip and Ginger Jamריבת לפת וג'ינג'ר-יעקב לישנסקי
1.250 kg sugar
1 cup grapefruit juice (=1 large grapefruit)
1 kg fresh turnip
1 lemon - juice and grated peel
50 gr fresh ginger or 1 TB ground (I use the dry spice)
1. Mix sugar and grapefruit juice in a cooking pot , leave alone for an hour -without cooking ; after 1 hour:bring to a boil and cook on a low flame , mixing, until sugar dissolves.
2.Peel the e cleaned turnips, slice them into thin slices, than cut them to thin strips; add to the hot syrup and mix well.
3.Add lemon , ginger, mix and cook on low heat until the turnips absorbs the sugar and becomes half clear(mix from time to time) .remove from heat when jam is done (after 1 hour+-) * This jam has a Special taste,please let me know if you like it :-) היה מעניין לבשל את הריבה הזו היום, ריבת הירק הראשונה שלי.. טעם הזנגויל מורגש,והמירקם מעניין-עכשיו נותר לראות היכן הכי טוב לשלב את הריבה:אולי עם עוף בתנור אולי בעוגה , כניגוד מעניין,ספרו לי אם הכנתם, וגם אם אהבתם.תודה

Ya'acov Lishansky's Cookbook and there are moreמרקחת מקליפות אבטיחו
Ya'acov Lishansky getting the price as 'queen of the kitchen' in a cooking contest -1969

The Lishansky family
* coming soon :Lora Brody's Rugelach * בקרוב:רוגאלך מבצק גבינת שמנת Tu Bishvat
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Svetlana said...

Hallo from Bulgaria!My mother in lаw made jam from carrots and from green tomatos but turnip jam... I don't heared.

chanit said...

svetlana Hi and welcome !
Yes, I know , It's strang, I'll try next time a carrot jam,
thanks for visiting me ;)

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