12 November, 2009

Sweet Simple Signature sandwich

Grapes turn sour! Nope I’m not saying any sour grape proverb. Few days back I bought some grapes and they were too sour to eat :(

Being cozy on the couch, up my heals, holding higher up the bunch of sweet and luscious grapes and eating each one at a time, is what I love the most.

Yeah! Even I’m lazy and I love it.

A lazy day and me a lazy one, takes two slice of bread and heap of sugary sweet jam over it and in my mouth goes a full of life bite, bouncing me back so lively.

However, when the grapes turn sour, I prepare sweet jam, simple! The recipe of the grape Jam is very easy and hardly takes time to prepare.

This recipe is for all who are happy to revisit and will revisit the happy childhood days. Enjoy this delicious comfort food.
So let’s hop a bit into some history, facts and origin of the grapes and jam sandwich followed by the Grape Jam recipe.

Grape Jam Sandwich

  • Grape fruit:
A grape is the non-climacteric fruit, botanically a true berry which grows on the deciduous woody vines. Bunch of tiny fruits, grapes are eaten raw and are used to make jam, jelly, vinegar, wine, grape sees extracts, raisins and grape seed oil. Grapes are also used in some kinds of confectionery. It is grown in clusters of 6 to 300, and can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green and pink.

  • Nutrition Value of Grapes:
The rich nutrition and anti-oxidants in grapes make this fruit wonderfully healing and is a miracle help for many ailments. Tiny grape has high content of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and abundance of minerals which includes calcium, chlorine, copper, fluorine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon and sulphur. Grape seeds have highly protective flavonol anti-oxidants that scavenge free radicals and promote the growth and repair of tissues.

  • Origin Fact about Grapes:
The appearance of Common Grape Vine (Vitis vinifera) is a species of Vitis on earth has been dated to between 130 to 200 million years ago. Mankind’s relationship to this plant dates to the Neolithic period.

Amazingly, the ancient Egyptian ‘Hieroglyphicsalso shows the cultivation of grapes for both eating and wine production. "Hieroglyphs" refer to the characters made by graphical figures, be it animals or objects. The features that are visually well arranged about heavenly bodies, natural phenomena, animals and plants, God, humans, residences and households were used for 3000 years for recording Egyptian.

Ancient Greeks called this system Hieroglyphs, literally "sacred writings", because it was mainly used by government officials for God.

Wild grapes were harvested by foragers and early farmers. For thousands of years, the fruit has been harvested for both medicinal and nutritional value; its history is intimately entwined with the history of wine.

  • Origin of Jam Sandwich:
Jam Sandwiches are a type of cuisine which are composed normally of two slices of bread, butter or margarine, and jam (traditionally strawberry) which is normally consumed at lunchtime or as a quick "snack." Ref.wikipedia

Jam Sandwiches are thought to originate at around the 19th Century, in the United Kingdom as an affordable food which was mainly consumed by the lower/working class people of cities such as London. The plausible reason that most lower/working class people consumed this as a major part of their diets is that it was the ingredients that it is made from cost little to manufacture and due to taxes being lifted on sugar in 1880, became widely available as a cheap foodstuff.

So here is the recipe of Grape Jam.

Ingredients for grape Jam

Ingredients for the Grape Jam:

  • Grapes fruit- 250 grams
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

For your convenience TWO different ways are mentioned to make this jam. One method is making the Jam in the Microwave Oven and other making the jam on the popular common Stove. Choose the method that you feel comfortable in. Follow the steps accordingly.
 Making of Grape Jam

Making of the Grape Jam in Microwave Oven:

  • Wash the grapes enough to remove the dirt. Slip skins from grapes. Remove seeds from the grapes if any and cut into half.
  • Mix the sugar and grapes in the microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 100% power for 3-4mins, or till the grapes are softened.
  • Microwave (covered) the mixture at 60% power for 7-8mins, or till its slightly thickened and translucent. Stir in between to prevent scorching.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, pour in sterilized jar and refrigerate.

Making of Grape jam on Stove:

  • Wash the grapes enough to remove the dirt. Slip skins from grapes. Remove seeds from the grapes if any and puree it in the mixer grinder.
  • Transfer the puree of grapes on a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Add sugar and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. (Do not allow mixture to boil until sugar is dissolved)
  • Bring jam to a boil and boil rapidly without stirring until the jam has reached the setting point. (This can take from 5 to 20 minutes)
  • Keep stirring frequently until the pulp is broken down into a thick mixture. This will take about 20-30minutes.
  • To test the jam, remove it from heat, then drop a teaspoonful on a chilled plate and chill it for 1 minute. Tilt the plate: Jam should remain in a mound and not run. If jam runs, continue cooking at a slow flame and let it boil for sometime.
  • When it is really add the lemon juice and mix it well.
  • Seal and store in sterilize jars and refrigerate.Jam is ready. Relish it!!

This Grape Jam sandwich of for all those who haven't eaten one for years. It's just one humble bite that takes you straight back to your childhood. Enjoy this sweet simple signature sandwich, Happy Children’s day :)

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  1. Tht was delicious thanks for the nutrion info and recipe

  2. That looks very yummy girl and picture perfect. Like the history behind it and will sure try it.

  3. @ Srivats
    Glad you liked the recipe! try at home and do let me know how was it..!

  4. @ Priya
    Yes! the picture is too yummy and jammy!! DO try at home, it is actually very easy and hardly takes much ingredients.

    Luv to c u reading!


  5. YUM..YUM...Bloghopped and found this very interesting...I shall for sure try this recipe :)

  6. heya thnx this was an informative one:) n the pics were temptiiiinnn!!!

  7. Hey

    Congrats for the pick buddy....
    Keep rocking with your sparks....
    Aim more heights :)


  8. @ Shruti SriHarsha

    Welcome to 'Humming Today'!
    Glad that you liked the recipe and when you try do let me know..

    Hope to see you and your comments more often. Thankyou so much for leaving a link back to your wonderful blog!


  9. @ Divsi

    Yep! the Jam is very Jammy and yummy! Glad you liked the presentation! I shall come up with more such easy recipes...keep in touch!

  10. @ Mahesh
    :) I know you well wishes are there to lead! Thankyou for being there and for the constant motivation!

    Yeah! I shall keep this Spark Alive..

  11. hi rachana
    so sweet!..if i keep following ur blog with the same zeal..i am sure i'd reverse my moms complains abt not takin active interests in homely things..thanks :)

  12. Hi Rachi,

    Hey might try that one. Untill now I thought sandwiches are quick fix for hunger but If would not prepare grape jam from Scratch. "You are putting a remarkable effort"-Words fall short for your hard work really.

    From Sandwiches I got reminded that lately I discovered Falafel Sandwich.

    Those tastes really good. I don't know if you know them but its a Mediterranean dish and I tweaked it to Indian taste by adding our Desi Ingredients.

    Now me and my wife both like Falafel sandwich very much.


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