A week into 2017. A new year. A year of possibilities, clean slates, and brighter days. A year of uncertainty, fragile emotions, opportunities for change. Once again...I have no resolutions made, just the desire to change bad habits into smarter life choices. Happy to be finished with the holidays and too many days laden with sweets and more sugar than I knew what to do with. But...truth be told, I'm kicking this year off with a little sweetness, but not so overtly that it will give you a sugar headache.
I've been toying with the idea of giving up sugar, trying a Whole 30 kind of clean-eating deal, and giving up coffee...but honestly, it's just not gonna happen. Like I said...it's a time for smarter life choices. Moderation. Focusing. Being more aware of my actions. I've made the same promises to myself for the past few years and find myself in the same place. And deeply unsatisfied and unhappy. At some point over the past couple of months, I realized that I was eating to fill myself up, but it wasn't just the physical hunger I was trying to satisfy.
No, this isn't a counseling session, but it is me putting it out to the universe that the choices will be different this year. The wherewithal to move forward, continually, expect to stumble, and embrace those stumbles and mis-steps instead of getting discouraged and giving up.
So...I keep the sweetness in my life. And I share this one with you.
Sweet Onion and Apple Jam
1 large Vidalia or Sweet Maui onion, sliced thin (about 2 cups)
3 medium apples, peeled and grated (large hole on box grater, about 2-2 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup water
juice of half a small lemon, preferably Meyer
Slice the onion as thin as you can and put into a medium saucepan along with the grated apples, ginger, brown sugar, water, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let boil for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower temperture and let simmer until mixture reduces. Be sure to stir so it doesn't stick. Refrigerate to keep for about a week. Notes: I used Golden Delicious apples, but feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand. Powdered ginger would work fine if it's what you have, but to me, nothing beats that zing of fresh ginger.
I made this as an accompaniment for a good cheddar on crackers (my mind is still in holiday party mode), but as you see below, this is pretty fabulous on a bagel and cream cheese. I'd try it on roasted chicken or pork (another suggestion), and it would probably make a great layer in a sandwich.