I had a telephone call from my husband this evening telling me that he had found Seville Oranges on sale.
"Ooh, yes!" I cried. "Buy lots!"
This weekend you will find me in the kitchen making marmalade, and just in the nick of time too - we are down to our final jar of last year's marmalade.
Seville Oranges, from Andalucia in Spain, are bitter oranges and quite unpalatable in their 'raw' state. However, these bitter balls of orange are high in pectin;which makes them absolutely perfect for making marmalade. They hit the UK shops towards the back end of January every year and I always make sure to snaffle some up.
Not only do I make marmalade. I 'disect' some of the fruits. I pare the zest and dry it to add to stews or stir fries, I freeze the juice to add to marinades and sauces, and finally I make pectin from the pith and pips and freeze it to help with jam making later in the year.
This weekend will be bright; this weekend will be orange!
(With a nod of thanks to Jaffa Cakes; my title comes from one of their adverts)
Image Credit » Ambermol