Sunday, 17 May 2015

Something a Bit Special #2 Nanny Violet’s Jams for Breakfast

You know how I always bang on about how breakfast at the weekend should be a bit of a treat? Well here I go again. Cornflakes and the like were made for Monday to Friday; but Saturday and Sunday require something with a little more…panache. A sausage butty has panache right?!  

This weekend, we worked our way through five pots of jam, all for the sake of you, my fantabulous blog readers of course!

These jams are made by Jodie and Shaun, the grandchildren of Nanny Violet, from whom the recipes came from. Nanny Violet has recently turned 100 and it was only a few years back that she entrusted the recipe to Shaun; he made jams and chutneys for his family and friends for Christmas and they were so popular that Nanny Violet’s Jams was born!

This week, I received a lovely package in the post of Nanny Violet’s Jams. Now, I take this taste testing malarkey very seriously, and so I stocked up on plenty of crusty bread and croissants beforehand to accompany the jams and we worked our way through. We had Raspberry, Fruits of the Forest, Strawberry, Blueberry and Orange & Whisky Marmalade.

The first one I went for was Blueberry, and I was really pleased to see whole blueberries; this was the same for many of the jams. The fruit is still visible, no over-processed jellies to be found here: Real fleshy fruit, bursting with sweetness. The marmalade was fantastic too. It wasn’t overly sweet like many I’ve tried before, it was slightly tart, just the way I like it.

As well as a bloody big feast for breakfast at the weekend, I also like all things local, so these jams have two massive ticks from me, because most of the ingredients are grown and sourced from the Forest of Dean.

If you would like to find out more about Nanny Violet’s Jams, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and they’ve just started selling on Etsy too!


  1. It's a hard job but somebody's got to do it right? ;) This looks like so much fun, what a great excuse for a feast. I love really fruity jam and you just can't get it off the shelf in the supermarket! I agree with you about indulgent weekend breakfasts it was chocolate spread on toast for me today:)

  2. hey nice blog, i am currently waiting for my jam post to go live after i charge phone to add photos i loved my jams the fig one wasnt to my liking though. really loved the way you captured the jams on camera very very nice xx

  3. I'm glad that Nanny Violet's grandchildren continue to preserve the family tradition of making jams. Looking at those lovely jams makes me feel so happy. They are perfect for breakfast.