J is for JELLY, JAM, JUNKET AND JELLY BEANS
My mum used to make the best shortcrust pastry ever. Of course back then people used lard in their cooking which perhaps made the pastry so great. She would make delicious apple pies, jam tarts and jam turnovers. We would eat that type of food back then without putting on weight as we all got so much more exercise than folk do today.
Her apple pies would be made in an oblong enamel baking dish and she would put a china eggcup upside down in the middle of the dish before adding the apple and then the crust. She never put a bottom crust on the pie and they were so fantastic I can almost taste one right now. She was a lady that didn't like housework all that much (our home was always clean and tidy though) and yet she was a very good cook although the food we ate back then was simpler than that of today.
Jellybeans are one thing a diabetic is told to have with them at all times and should one detect a 'low' coming on then we should eat about 6 jellybeans followed by some carbohydrate if necessary. I have never really liked very sweet foodstuffs so am not a fan of jellybeans but my other half does like them, especially the black ones. One thing I will say about jellybeans they are very colourful and I wonder how many food colourings are used that are perhaps not so good for us. Just saying.