If, like me, you like to wield the jam pan on occasion, January means one thing -marmalade. Thursday saw me up to my nipples in the sticky orange stuff. Sixteen jars ought to be enough to see us through until next January. There'll be some to give away as well.
I bought my organic Sevilles from Waitrose where they cost £2.48 a kilo. It cost me 59p to make one jar of marmalade and that makes me happy.
I followed Delia's recipe from The Complete Cookery Course. I ignored her instruction to shred the peel by hand and chucked the lot into my Magimix and let the slicing disc do the work. You do get a few pieces that evade the blade but I can live with that. I substituted a quarter of the granulated sugar for jam sugar (the kind with added pectin) just to ensure a firm set.
The house was filled with the sweet, sticky scent of boiling sugar and oranges. That made me happy too.
It's been an orangey few days. Yesterday I made a dazzlingly orange sweet potato and coconut soup for a hasty lunch before rushing out to see a matinee performance of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. There was quite a lot of orange in the show and red, and yellow, and green, and purple, and blue, and ochre.....
For supper I served up more orange in the form of butternut squash and feta orzotto. An orzotto is like a risotto but with barley instead of rice and without the constant stirring. I love barley, I love its chewy texture and its cheapness.
Afterwards we ate some orange fruit -mango and charentias melon.
After all that beta-carotene a glass of something red seemed in order.