Jamming about childhood memories

First things first, I never had any braids as a kid and now I can barely manage one; thanks to my ‘fashionably’ short hairdo! If you’re wondering what this is about, then let me put things in perspective – I’m writing this post for Indiblogger‘s contest on Dove’s latest offering: The Dove Split End Rescue System.

The contest requires one to write about their childhood story centering around braids. When I read this, it set me thinking. Imagine what if I actually did have those long braids? Would it mean I’d have to wake up 10 minutes earlier so that I could comb my hair and braid them? Would I have been one of the crowd with two pigtails to school every morning? Every time I think about this, different images come to my mind and I’m not able to pinpoint  to just one of them, or even two. Sometimes I really wish I did have hair that was long enough so I could braid.

When the package arrived with Dove’s latest offering, I was pleasantly surprised. I usually don’t have great luck with these kinda things. Nevertheless I decided to go ahead and try it. So first I went with the sniff test – there wasn’t much of an aroma but that didn’t bother me. I’ve used products in the past which don’t smell that great and have turned out to be fantabulous. Since I’ve used some of the brand’s products earlier my expectations were a little on the higher side. And happily, I wasn’t disappointed. The Dove Split End Rescue System’s shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling soft and oh-so-smooth! I was surprised. So much so that I didn’t want to wash my hair again. I became a kid all over again. But then I rationalised with myself: if that was the effect once then imagine what it would be like when I used it again!

The way my hair behaved and the way it felt was so carefree. It reminded me of the good ol’ days. I really wish I was a child again. This time with long hair, that could be woven into braids.

On that note, I want to share this really special recipe with you. Strawberry jam is one of my favourites and I was thrilled to bits when I made it at home!

Yummy!

Strawberry jam
 3 cups of strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
2 cups of sugar (you can make both the proportions equal, but I didn’t want the jame to be overly sweet)
1 tbsp of lemon juice
4 cups of water
1/2 cup of strawberries, chopped into smaller pieces

The freshest berries

Mix the water and strawberries together and bring it to a boil. When the mixture begins to boil, lower the flame a little and then add the sugar to this. Keep stirring the jam until it becomes sticky and thick. This will take some time and a lot of patience because we aren’t adding any pectin to it.

Jammin’

Just five minutes before removing it off the flame, add the rest of the strawberries and the lemon juice. Stir well and let it simmer until thick and gets to a jam-like consistency. Turn off the flame when it is done. Allow the jam to completely cool down before you transfer it into bottles. Enjoy with toast, scones or as it is!

* You can give the bottles a water bath as this will help the jam last longer, but I didn’t do this and just stored the jam in the fridge.
* Instead of lime juice you can also dd some citric acid to the jam. This helps to preserve it for longer.
* To add a twist to the flavours you can also add some vanilla essence to the jam. 

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