Good morning marmalade

‘The fruity smells and the sight of the jars lined up, tawny gold and translucent on the table, gave a glow to January. I looked out of the window at the bending trees and low cloud and thought exactly right the job was for the time, warming and colourful, absorbing and satisfying in the drear, dark season- the epitome of ‘winter cooking.‘ From ‘ The Magic Apple Tree’ by Susan Hill.

On a Sunday afternoon walk, from Snape Maltings, I just managed to catch the reflections of the buildings in the River Alde.

Snape Maltings on a late january afternoon
Snape Maltings on a late January afternoon

On the way back, we bought some Seville oranges from Orford General Store.

Winter produce outside Orford General Stores
Winter produce outside Orford General Stores

This was the first time I have made marmalade and when I was shredding the peel which took an eternity, I thought it might be the last. I bought Seville oranges at then decided to make this recipe by Melrose and Morgan. It’s a mixture of pink grapefruit, Seville oranges and blood oranges.I followed the instructions strictly, juicing, soaking, chopping, and then finally boiling. I got a bit stuck when it said tie the pips and pith in a piece of muslin as I didn’t have any but then I remembered my dear, fastidious mother used to knot the end of a piece of tights. So I found a pop sock and did the same.

Oranges for sale at Orford General Store
Oranges for sale at Orford General Store

All my effort was worth it when I finally sat down to eat a piece of Pump Street Bakery Richmond loaf toasted and then spread with butter and my marmalade.

Pump Street Bakery Richmond loaf with three fruit marmalade
Pump Street Bakery Richmond loaf with three fruit marmalade

 

Author: Kate Roxburgh

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