I can't believe it's so long since I last posted on this blog! It's been a busy time and January seems to have flown past. We have been involved in several Burns Suppers over the last few weeks which is always fun. I usually do the reply to the Toast to the Lasses or, sometimes I address the haggis. We also organise our own Burns Supper which is yet to come, so we haven't seen the last of the haggis yet!
I have also been making the 2011 supply of marmalade and it's lovely to have lots of jars stored away in the jam cupboard again. When we ran out of marmalade last December, I made some Mamade marmalade which was good, but there's nothing quite like sharp, tangy, marmalade made from fresh, seasonal, Seville oranges. The wonderful, orange aroma permeated the whole house for days - a real January smell!
I also mean to make some lime marmalade for special treats, and Katie (Vintage Squirrel) very kindly wrote out Diana Henry's recipe which she swears by.
This is the time of year when I really appreciate having a deep freeze. We grow a lot of soft fruit but when it's ready in the summer, I'm often too busy to make jams and jellies, but at this time of year when life is a bit quieter, I usually get a chance to catch up with these jobs. I will make a supply of redurrant jelly which is one of the most useful jellies you can have. We use it in all sorts of gravies and sauces and it's especially good with pheasant and partridge. We also have a lot of frozen blackcurrants and I've just noticed that we're completely out of blackcurrant jam, so that's also on the list. Then of course there are odd punnets of rasps, Worcester berries, gooseberries and brambles so I usually make a "mixed fruit" jam which is always fun as it's never the same twice and it's a great way of using up a variety of small quantities.
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