“Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue. Sweet Home Alabama, Lord, I’m coming home to youuuuu.” Yes, it’s movie time again! I can honestly not believe that it took me 27 years to finally watch ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ but I am so glad I finally did, not only because it gave me the inspiration to make my own plum jam, but also because it really is a great movie! Not only was it the first time I saw this movie, it was also the first time I made my own jam. I was slightly nervous about it but I couldn’t be more pleased with the result! The recipe itself is very easy and only requires 3 ingredients, all you have to be careful of is not to burn your plums (why does that sound like a metaphor?). Delicious when still slightly warm, but also great when chilled in the fridge and spread out on a slice of artisan bread in the morning.
Sweet Home Alabama
Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy!). Now if you’re not into really obvious romantic movies, you might not find this movie very interesting cause it’s pretty clear from the start where the movie will end. The movie starts with two kids chasing each other on a stormy beach in Alabama. The boy (Jake) brought the girl (Melanie) over to the beach to show her that when lightning strikes the sand, you get beautiful glass sculptures created by nature. The kids then talk about their future together, with Jake saying they will be married some day, no doubt about it. They kiss, and are almost struck by lightning (yes it is one of those movies).
Fast forward to adulthood now when Melanie is an up-and-coming fashion designer in New York and is engaged to NY city’s major’s son (played by Dempsey). Even though the two are engaged, the poor guy has no clue about her real Alabama past at all as she desperately tries to pretend to have had a much fancier life than she really had. After the two become engaged, she tells her new fiancee she has to go home to see her parents to tell them about the engagement, when in reality she is actually going back to get divorced from.. yes, Jake! Can she keep her past hidden from her fiancee or his mother (who does not trust or believe her one bit), will he still want to be with her when he founds out the come from different circles, will her and Jake stop fighting? Only one way to find out! Well..you know, as I said, it’s a pretty cliché story but it’s a great movie nonetheless, and has one of my favourite movie soundtracks ever.
“Anyway, spoiled’s in the eye of the beholdern like these plums here. Some people might call them “spoiled”, but I think that, um, these almost-ruined ones… sometimes make the sweetest jam. “
Makes: 2 small-medium sized jars
- 350g – 400g of fresh plums
- 12-14 tablespoons of jam sugar
- juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
Wash the plums well, slice them up in 8 pieces, remove the pit but leave the skin on. Put them in a sauce pan along with the sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil for about 7-10 minutes. Make sure your plums don’t burn so stir around regularly.
Once they start to soften, get a masher and mash them down as much as you can.
Turn the heat down after 7-10 minutes and continue to mash and simmer the plums for 10-15 minutes until you have the texture of jam. Make sure no large chunks are left so mash really well. Take the jam off the heat and let it cool down a bit before putting it in sterilised glass jars. The jam doesn’t have to be completely cold, just not boiling hot. Once they are in the jars, continue to cool down completely before putting them in the fridge.