Sunday, 24 January 2010

Marmalade

January may be a slow, cold month but it does have one brilliant, sunny saving grace.... it is Seville orange season! I love the annual rythm that comes with kitchen rituals and for me January is all about making marmalade. I adore the bitterness of seville oranges, I like my marmalade tangy and the colour of glowing amber.


Japanese woodblock by Yoshiko Yamamoto

Just seeing the oranges in the markets, at the greengrocers' fills me with a promise of warm summer sunshine, still far away..........



So here is my bowl of Sevilles, lets get started!





I use Delia's recipe from "How to Cook 2" it has never failed me~ now whilst that is bubbling away for the next couple of hours what shall we do?

I should really deal with the post on the kitchen table, or crack on with that pile of ironing...yawn!

Actually I think I will show you the bowl that the oranges were in as I love it and I thought you might like a closer look too! It came from MIL and is a real favourite of mine.



Oh and I am really enjoying these tulips, I love it when they are almost over and they reveal their centres, hmm I spy the current edition of you know what! well perhaps just 5 minutes?

Much later

Yum, yum......sunshine on toast!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend?

Sarah x

42 comments:

  1. Ooo homemade marmalade! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I would love to try it. The tulips are beautiful, looks like spring! Rebecca :)

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  2. Everything at your blog looks delicious!! Greetings from Australia - i too have a counter covered in oranges, i chop them up & freeze them for a cool snack for my 4 in Summer. How do you do?? Love Posie

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  3. Sarah Jane,

    What a lovely post, all bright with the spring time yellows and oranges. I don't like marmalade but Im sure you make a nice one :)

    All things nice...

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  4. Oh I forgot to say I love your new header too :)

    All things nice...

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  5. You make it look so tempting. Maybe I should try and find some time to make some. We do like to finish off our breakfast with toast and marmalade, although today it was a fresh fruit salad instead.

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  6. Now theres an idea!.....
    Love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  7. Oh what a lovely colourful post. Loved the oranges sitting on top of the pink scales!

    I have to say I love jam more than marmalade. but you do make it look very tempting non the less.

    A very yummy post!


    MBBx

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  8. Just what I needed to see a lovely colourful post on a rainy Sunday. I do like the bowl it has an unusual pattern. best wishes Julie.C

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  9. jam to be made from foraged plums this week
    .... and ginger fluff sponge
    px

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  10. Dear Sarah Jane, a gorgeous ray of sunshine. I shall collect oranges tomorrow from the market and fill some empty jars crying out to be filled. Very glad to have found you.

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  11. Mmm I love marmalade .... I like lime flavoured best of all. Must try to make some one day. I have made lemon curd, and was surprised how easy it was! A lovely colourful post. Nice and cheery.
    Kathy xxx

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  12. Hi Sarah, and thanks for your kind comments. Our marmalade maker is Ben, and he went so crazy on it last year (SIX different recipes, each one with different types of hand-cut shreds) that we have enough to last us another year! So next year we'll be joining you again in the great marmalade adventure.

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  13. I have always wanted to like marmalade, I just can't get past the bitterness. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous, and very cheery. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

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  14. OH YUMMY! I LOVE THEM TOO, WE ARE EATING THEM LIKE CRAZY! LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM, THE COLOR, THE SMELL..GOD'S SWEET GIFT! COME SAY HI :D

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  15. Yummmmm...I have never made marmalade...lots and lots of jam but never marmalade. What a great idea during these winter months. Adds a bit of sunshine to the day! xoxo

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  16. Saw some sevilles in the shops just the other day and thought I might make some marmalade. I remember I had a real craving for toast and marmalade during both my pregnancies, I love it so much. Beautiful tulips, those lovely colours are echoed in that gorgeous bowl you have!! Well done to the MIL !

    Kate x

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  17. I love love love marmalade! and your pink scale! Wait, I also love Country Living - the british edition over the American.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. What a fabulous post - full of gorgeous images aswell as a taste of sunshine! What a wonderful antidote to dreary winter this was xxx

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  19. So nice to see some colour in January!

    Victoria xx

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  20. Hhmmmm marmalade and CL - what a lovely day x

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  21. Ah yes, it's that time of year again, there's nothing quite like marmalade made from seville oranges (with a tot of whiskey, of course)! Lovely photos, it all looksf v attractive but where's the steamy kitchen windows and the red-faced cook, that's how my efforts look!
    Hen x

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  22. Oh I love marmalade! I saw a load of seville oranges today... I never thought to make marmalade!

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  23. I have really got into making marmalade and for Christmas I made the men in the family a variety of marmalades - ginger,whisky etc and they went down really well!!
    I will look at the Delia recipe- thanks for sharing.
    Warm Wishes,
    Cally x

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  24. Mmmm,homemade marmalade is sooo delicious.I've never made it because I always think it's going to be a long process,but I really should because it's so much more superior to the bought one.

    Bellaboo

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  25. Isn't it the prettiest color?

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  26. Magazine reading over ironing wins hands down every time!
    Enjoy the tangy fruits of your labour!
    Lisa x

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  27. I love marmalade especially home made. My mum and mum in law both get very excited at the prospect of seville oranges. I get excited at the prospect of eating it!

    My mum brought a jar over last week with a beautiful bunch of purple tulips, my first of the year. Sadly they refused to open so I never got enjoy their middles. However I had the best breakfast yesterday full of orangey yummyness.

    Jo

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  28. Dear Sarah,
    I am VERY impressed that you make your own marmalade.
    I long to be more house-wifely.
    Love Charlotte
    xxx

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  29. Hello Sarah,
    Well we've met now! And I must say, I'm looking forward to popping back again. Can't promise an applique gift but I can leave a comment here and there. lol.

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  30. I love the idea of making marmalade. But actually, I don't like eating it much so I'll just have to admire your pictures instead!

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  31. Hiya Sarah,

    I've never associated January with sun shiny oranges and marmalade though I'm liking your thought process.

    No chunks in mine though - it's got to be shredless!

    N xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  32. Popped in to say hello! Your blog is so charming!

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  33. You've got me all excited about a new marmalade project! Must give it a go I love marmalade!Thanks for the inspiration

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  34. ooh yummie! well done on making your own batch, i bet it tastes delicious! x

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  35. Hi Sarah

    I can just imagine the scent throughout the whole house when you made the marmalade, delicious smelling!

    I would have to take the rind out though as I don't like it one bit. I always buy rindless but will have to have a go at making my own..

    Warm wishes
    Isabelle x

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  36. I haven't had marmalade in ages, yours looks amazing. I love your tulips, they are one of my favs:-)

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  37. you know I love marmalade already, but now I'm sending you the kreativ blogger award..7 things most of us wouldn't know about you. Visit my site if you need an example. I've got to get to the marmalade this weekend!

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  38. I love this post! your marmalade look so very yummy! Have a sweet day!

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  39. I love making marmalade so thanks for the reminder. Gorgeous colourful pics too x

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  40. Hi Sarah Jane,

    I am just working on my yearly put up of my Great Grandmother's California marmalade recipe, which I will post next week.

    In my garden I have blood oranges and navels, the latter being great for marmalade. My Grannie's recipe takes 3 days, but it is a lot about soaking and waiting. But it is good. I will give yours a try too.

    Lovely photos,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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