Seville Orange Marmalade
“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred orange and scrub the floor.”
Author: D.H. Lawrence
The marmalade that I set out for breakfast for house guests this morning had them in raptures and was voted the best they had ever eaten! In my household we like a gutsy, full flavoured marmalade with proper chunks. Its not a marmalade for the faint hearted … indeed, guests caught picking out the chunks and leaving them to languish on the side of their plates – well – they don’t get asked again – not for breakfast at any rate ! Continue reading
Vanilla Spiced Apricots
This week, adding to your repertoire of Edible Gifts for Christmas, we have two easy to make and exceptionally beautiful Christmas preserves, Cranberry and Orange Relish and Vanilla Spiced Apricots. The vibrant colours of the Cranberry and Orange Relish with a hint of rosemary will definitely put you in the Christmas cooking mood. While the Spiced Apricots, warmly fragrant with vanilla and bay and pepped with a touch of chilli will have you longing for the day when you can open the jar and serve them up,they happen to go exceptionally well with the chicken liver parfait posting in a few weeks. Continue reading
Keep the cold at bay with a warming cup of fresh ginger.
‘All that’s good is found in Ginger’, according to an old Indian Proverb, and this is especially true during autumn and winter ‘cold and flue season’. Ginger claims a myriad of healing benefits one of which is its anti viral properties. It is also revered for its anti inflammatory ‘gingerols, which reputedly help to sooth stiff and sore joints. Ginger gently warms and calms, yet is at the same time energising. These two simple hot ginger infusions are perfect winter warmers. The first, Thai Ginger Tea, is gentle and calming, the second, ‘Ginger Coffee’, is punchy and invigorating. Both are easy to prepare, and you can make enough to last the entire day. Continue reading