Support Nazareth House and buy their delicious Irish Whiskey Marmalade, and various fruit jams, handmade by the Sisters. Jars are available at the back of the church – only R30 each!
Many parishioners love the Nazareth House Jams, so we thought we would find out the story about how these yummy jams came about.
The story behind the Jams!
It all started in 2001 when I was sent to Nazareth House in Kimberley. An elderly resident in the house used to make different kinds of jams and marmalade depending on the season, to raise funds for the work done in Nazareth House.
She asked me if I would be interested to learn and, me being of an inquisitive nature, was delighted to have someone teach me something new. The lady was delighted too – as she mentioned later- that her recipe would continue even when she was gone. We managed to make only one lot of marmalade in Kimberley Nazareth House before we learnt that it was going to be closing within 6 months. Fortunately when the House eventually closed, the lady was transferred to our Nazareth House in Pretoria and it just happened that I was stationed there when the Kimberley House eventually closed.
So we continued with this hobby after settling down in Pretoria but sadly, the lady died 2 years later at the age of 88. I have not looked back since I came to actually enjoy doing this as a hobby and in each House that I am sent, the sisters try to make these different kinds of jam/marmalade to raise funds to assist us in some ways. Now it is not an individual hobby but a community one since as demonstrated by the scanned picture, the sisters get involved at different stages of the process according to what each can and is able to do. The photo shows the early stage of cutting, squeezing and slicing the lemons.
We are happy to bring this story to you. We were not able to pries the secret recipe from Sr Gladys – but then why would we! We hope that the secret recipes stay safe and we continue to enjoy these special and scrumptious jams for years to come.