We have a fig tree in our backyard. This summer I finally decided to use our beautiful figs. Our tree produces thousands of figs every summer, which has always overwhelmed me. However, this year I decided I would try an experiment. Although, our tree produces thousands, I picked close to 700 figs! I made several batches of fig jam, to give out to my family and friends. I had a lot of fun with it. If you’re up for making a sticky mess, check out this recipe.
8 pounds green or purple figs, stemmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
about 120-130 figs
6 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups water
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
In a large, nonreactive saucepan, toss the fig pieces with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until the sugar is mostly dissolved and the figs are juicy.
Add the lemon juice and water and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Simmer the fig jam over moderate heat. Occasionally, stir until the fruit is soft and the liquid runs off the side of a spoon in thick, heavy drops, about 45 minutes.
Once it’s boiling, I filtered out the seeds on top to remove the majority. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to remove them all.
Spoon the jam into three 1/2-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch of space at the top. Close the jars and let cool to room temperature. Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Variation: Substitute 1/2 cup of white port for the water and add one 4-inch sprig of rosemary with the lemon juice; discard the rosemary before jarring.
I found this recipe on Food and Wine! Check out their website for more amazing recipes!
Recently, I read a post by Charlie Ross of the Offset Warehouse, focusing on eco-fashion and ethical fashion blogs. I noticed a few of my favorite fashion blogs in the list they had. Check out the following links to find ethical and sustainable fashion vibes!
Ecouterre: As the world’s first ethical and sustainable fashion blog, my list couldn’t be complete without them. If you’re new to the game, and trying to learn how to embrace a slow fashion lifestyle, here’s a good place to start. Ecouterre is chic, while it covers all the bases of conscious style.
Eco Warrior Princess: This neat a tidy blog is perfectly curated. It’s aimed at readers want to make conscious purchases when they can, and who believe in choosing eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyles. Eco Warrior Princess provides resources for new ethical bloggers as well.
The Conscience Collective: This blog looks for the ethics in brands, as well as showcasing their uniqueness. They focus on innovative designers, and always publish new hacks for a conscious lifestyle.
The Fashion Hedge: If you’re looking for strategy and brand development inspiration, this is your blog. Check out the Fashion Hedge to begin embracing an ethical lifestyle. As you change over your closet, kitchen, cleaning products, and everything else you realize can be more sustainable, this blog can serve as a guide.
Green Issues by Agy: I may have saved the best for last. If you’re looking for a new project, and ready to get your hands dirty, this blog will inspire you to no end. Agy, a passionate textile artist, reminds us to come back down to Earth. Check out this blog for constant updates on upcycles. Making something new is so much better than buying something new!
Fashion should have a functional twist. In China, some of the worst air pollution in the world is found surrounding cities. Chinese designers are realizing they must produce protective fashion to sustain their urban lifestyles. Beautiful new innovations of fashion with functionality are popping up every day. Fashion finally meets function, as if function is the new black. Climate change is affecting us all more and more. As our climate changes, we must protect ourselves with fashion.
Check out www.yoox.com for more fashion, art and design. Look for #consciousconsumerism at Yoox in their conscious collection page, here.