Thursday, 7 February 2013

Marmalade making

Regular readers of this blog will know that I can be a little obsessive on the jam & chutney making front but the one I'm forbidden to make is marmalade. This is Andrew's domain and woe betide anyone who suggests otherwise. I'm not a great marmalade lover, I think it's the shop bought ones that put me off but I do like Andrew's. Actually it's a family recipe which apparently I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you.....have a look at Kalba's (interestingly it's her partner who makes marmalade, who'd have thought it was such a manly thing?) for a good recipe.

By mid-December Andrew starts to get twitchy as supplies are getting low, it doesn't appear on the table when we have guests to stay and he starts haunting the local fruit & vegetable shops until the first Seville oranges arrive. So although the recipe stays a secret I thought the photographs add a spot of colour in this season of grey.

Sevilles - a burst of sunshine

Simmering

Flesh scooping (I think)

Pip boiling

We like a chunky zest


First batch

The second batch has now been made, my stock of jars is low but he's still eyeing up the Sevilles in the shop. Obsessed.

6 comments:

  1. Secret recipe? Oh, but you can share with your cyber-friend the other side of Europe, surely?

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    1. Oohhhh Margaret! So you like to live dangerously do you? I had no idea.....actually I think the recipe is just a bog standard one that just happens to be hand written on a bit of scrappy paper.

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  2. Looks great! Planning on doing some quince and orange marmalade here over the weekend - it's snowing hard so once again the outside work has ground to a halt ...

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    1. Quince! you are so lucky Kalba. I had a lovely espalier a couple of houses ago and used to pick a bowl just to revel in their scent. And you have snow, we've had cold sleety flurries all week but it just doesn't cut the mustard.

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  3. Haha, I just wrote a post about how not to make marmalade after I made a right pig's ear of it last weekend.

    It came out all right in the end though, tastes as yummy as it should.

    There's nothing like homemade marmalade. Yum!

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    1. I've just read it and l.o.l! Andrew says you have to put a preserving pan on your birthday list and then it will be plain sailing all the way........

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