Monday, 3 December 2012

Back in the Kitchen ...

Very breezy again today, and the temperature, has started to drop ...

Reports too that winter is about to extend its icy fingers further south from Europe.

So after an afternoon scrumping oranges recently, it was time to convert them into something edible and nutritious for those winter breakfasts. Now I have already had some good news on the winter breakfast front. My lovely neighbour has very kindly dispatched winter supplies of Porridge, from the frozen wastes of the North of the UK to me here on the rock.

A bag of scrumped Oranges, cut ready for pressing ...


Then squeezed to extract the juice and numerous pips ...


Much slicing and subsequent sharpening of the knife (Blistering the hands) ...

On the heat ...


Two hours later, Sugar is added and the heat increased. The boiling bitter marmalade then starts to sweeten and set ...

Voila - 5 litres of Winter marmalade - Done !


The one thing about making Marmalade in the kitchen in the evening, it warms up the house fairly quickly. Stiring a pot of boiling Marmalade, soon gets the muscles working, and a glistening sweat on the brow too ...

This evening the house is perfumed with the orange aroma, as are my hands from the bitter orange oil. It sprays from the oranges, when you cut them, and which are far too bitter and seedy to consume. Its only after the chemistry (Heat agitation and effervescence) that they are edible in any form. The extracted pectin, must be one of the slipperiest substance's known to man or woman.

Outside the wind is rattling the street, distributing bottles and cans from lazy neighbour's rubbish bags, up and down the street. A strange affliction, where they cannot be put into the bin, but are left alongside it for some bizarre reason.

Fire on and shutters closed keeping the house warm tonight, and the street perfumed. Well why not - you know it makes sense. Anyone with a recipe for Christmas pudding without suet ?

Friends at Florina in the north of Greece, have had their first snowfall this evening ...

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