Skip to main content

Marmalade time!

I enjoy making jams and jellies, and I especially enjoy marmalade time, because it's specifically a New Year thing.  No shilly shallying about.  If I miss the Seville oranges in the shops, then that's it, until next year.  Unless of course I resort to buying tins of prepared marmalade oranges, and I wouldn't dream of doing that!

This year I have been more ambitious than usual and made three different sorts of marmalade. Dundee - as always, three fruit (grapefruit, orange and lemon), and for the second year running, Sarah Raven's dark dark marmalade, made entirely with dark muscovado sugar. It's a bit of a faff but more than worth the effort, producing a deep treacly preserve, with a distinct flavour.  It's really very good, very rich, and worth seeking out the recipe.

Comments

  1. Ooh delicious, I love marmalade and get through tons of it! I've never made it before but I know where to find the recipes when I do. It's also great to see lovely bright colours at this time of year. I've already got the daffodils out at home, they appear so early in Cornwall that it seems a shame to wait until March to display them x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've just finished making the 3 fruit marmalade. It's made over a 24 hour period because you have to cut up the fruit and soak it for a day before cooking it. I followed the recipe to the letter, but it took hours to boil and reach setting point. Not even sure if it has!! Looks good, tastes good, but I've labelled it 'Never again 3 fruit marmalade 2018' I am sure there will be less laborious recipes to follow another time! You must have a go! Very satisfying once the jars are all full and sitting on a shelf waiting for breakfast! A xx

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Coastal walk from Gullane to North Berwick

By the time I have walked about four miles, my toes are screaming at me - it's the arthritis, you see.  One of the joys of being that little bit older than I was.  However, for a long time, I have been keen to walk along the beaches, and follow the coastal path, between Gullane and North Berwick. So, having worked out the tide times, I decided today was the day, and off we went.
Below is our starting point, the bay at Gullane.  It's a lovely beach, very popular with dog walkers. This is looking east, the direction Tilly and I were going to take.
Looking back, up the Forth, the unmistakable bulk of Arthur's Seat, and Edinburgh's skyline, just clear enough to see.
For most of the walk, there is the choice between wandering along a series of beaches, or following a path along the top of each.
There's no denying it, at heart I am a shell-seeker.  I have loads of shells at home.  We lived on one of the out islands in the Bahamas for a just over a year, a long time ago, and …

A vase on Monday

We are well into the new year now and there are stirrings in the garden.  There are also hangers on from last summer's flowerpots!  I don't care where the colour comes from, as long as it shows and brightens up some rather grey days of early January!

For my vase this Monday, I found a feathery new fennel frond, some marigolds in my raised bed, a few snowdrops, a brave, bright pink geranium, and every garden's stalwart, Erysimum linifolium 'Bowles' Mauve'!
If you have time look back to a Monday vase in December https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2018/12/a-vase-on-monday-looking-ahead.html, and then see below!  In the warmth of the kitchen, the horse chestnut sticky buds have come out now, and the bright green spikes of red currant have morphed into delicate white blossoms!



A vase on Monday

Hot colours in my vase this week, although very cold temperatures outside!  I am preparing this post in a sweltering 38 degrees C in Melbourne, and know that I will be travelling back to very chilly Scotland at the weekend!

I bought this bunch of Australian native flowers for my daughter-in-law as an early wedding anniversary treat.  I will be home by the time that celebration comes round next week.  The colours are hot, rich and lovely.  Kangaroo paw, wax flower, grevillea, leucadendron and (I think) a fine leaved gum.