Nigella's Chilli Jam. My home made Christmas Gifts.

This year I decided that I wanted to make some personal Christmas gifts, we often spend so much money on  picking up things you find in Boots and Body Shop, but what is nicer than receiving a hand crafted gift from someone at the fraction of the price! Around this time of year my obsession with cookery programmes quadruples! I could sit for hours and hours watching the Good Food Channel I just love finding new ways to improve old recipes especially as Christmas is the time of year where us foodies are in heaven.

My favorite of all the celebrity cooks just has to be Nigella, the woman is a Domestic Goddess I love how easy and sensual she makes cooking look. Can I just be her please? This particular recipe for Chilli Jam I saw from watching one of her Christmas specials last week whilst all cosy on the sofa it really caught my attention. It looked so easy and the colour of the jam itself was a glistening bright red, it reminded me of all things festive and I just had to have a go at making it. Do not be put off if you have a preconceived idea that making Jam is difficult this really isn't! It is actually more of a Jelly and takes very little time to prepare and make. Here is how mine turned out:

This is the recipe for her delicious Chilli Jam. More information can be found here on Nigella's Website.
You will need the following:

150g fresh red chilli peppers, halved, quartered and deseeded
150g red bell pepper, halved, quartered and deseeded
1kg jam sugar
600ml cider vinegar
6 x 250ml sealable jars with vinegar-proof lids (I used small 130ml and they made 10 jars of Jam)

1. Wash up your jars in warm soapy water, rinse in hot water then air dry in a low oven.
2. Put the chillies into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Then add the bell pepper and pulse again until it’s all blitzed.
3. Put the sugar and vinegar into a medium-sized pan and dissolve over a low heat – swirling not stirring.
4. Add the blitzed peppers into the pan, turn up the heat and boil for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and cool for about 40 minutes when the liquid will have thickened to a syrupy consistency.
5. Ladle into your jars and seal tightly. Allow to cool completely and then label.

I really enjoyed making and decorating my Jams. I purchased the jars from Lakeland and there is currently an offer for 3 for 2 on the jars so grab them now while you can! For decoration I popped into Paper Chase and found some brown card, string and ribbon and just tied them around the jars. You can't really go wrong with decorating if I am honest, I personally am not that artistic so I went for a shabby chic look, easy peasy and I think they turned out quite nicely so I will give myself at least an 8 for effort! 

Hope you enjoy the recipe if you have any questions please either tweet me @calliethorpe or drop a comment in the box. I also want to wish a very Merry Christmas to all my readers. Thanks for being so supportive and always reading and commenting on my posts Love you guys!

Callie xx