John's tasty jams win best overall pot
VICTORY is sweet for Wexford town man John Moran who likes nothing more than getting stuck into his work.
And, as he proved during a recent trip to north Wexford, when it comes to jam-making, he's the pick of the county crop.
John, from John's Road, and his jams made the trip north to see if he could claim a title for the fourth year-in-a-row for the Best Man-Made Jam, a competition that forms part of the Gorey House Market Festival.
To his surprise John won three prizes - a first for the Best Man-Made Jam, Best Overall Pot and Best Exotic jam.
John said: 'I don't enter any other competitions other than this, maybe I should start. Before jams I was making my own chutneys, so that is where the interest came from.'
This year John created two different pots - spiced apricot with bourbon and blackberry with basil and roasted garlic. Previous years he made strawberry with mint and black pepper, and gooseberry with nettle and poitín.
John said: 'The first and second year I won Best Man Made and last year I won, again, Best Man Made and came second for Best Exotic.'
The ideas for his flavours comes from extensive research through cookery books. John doesn't sell his products and only makes a few pots when it comes to the competition.