Monday, 18 April 2011

Chemistry - take 2 ...

It had to be done ...

Its Pasca week and as we are visiting friends on Sunday, I want to take along an appropriate gift

I picked some lovely oranges to make marmalade a few weeks ago. The tree remains laden with unwanted fruit, that just drops to the floor. My friendly street cleaner then has to sweep them up.

So to help my friend out, and armed with a rolled umbrella, i popped out this morning to get some more ...

Yes i know its been raining - and its tipping it down at the moment - but the hook end of an umbrella is without doubt, the most efficient orange picking device on the island.

You can hook branches with it, and the ripe fruits too. I am getting quite adept at hooking the fruit, and catching it in my hessian bag in one swift move.

This mornings excursion, has brought me a return of 4kg of lovely scented ripe oranges ...

Now the reason no-one wants them appears to be that they are full of seeds - two heaped hands full from the batch, but when pressed they release lovely sharp juice.

So once pressed and chopped along with 1.5 litres of Taxiacharis spring water, as you can see you do not have a lot of room left, in the saucepan for anything else.


Add a lovely fresh thick skinned Vromoliminos lemon - about the size of a big fist.


This one returned 170ml of lemon juice, then slice the lemon finely, and add to the saucepan.


Bring it all up to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. I promise you at this point, the house will smell amazing as it does right now ...

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Now leave the saucepan, nip out to the bakery, and come back in two hours .................................................

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