In 2013 I decided that I was going to take the orange by the rind, (as opposed to the bull by the horns) and enter my marmalade into that year’s Marmalade Awards, or to give it the correct title, The World’s Original Marmalade Awards.
I was bold and brave, not worrying about the awards I might not win, but concentrating on helpful tips I’d pick up – that would hopefully aid me in becoming a marmalade maker extraordinaire!
To prepare me for this sticky orange adventure, I had two tricks up my Paddington Bear like sleeve…….the first was to actually MAKE some marmalade; and the next trick was to attend a Marmalade making workshop run by the World’s Original Marmalade Awards Winner (2008) and WI preserves judge, the queen of all that is ladled into jam jars, Vivien Lloyd.
But first, my home-made marmalade; I decided to make a Three Fruit Marmalade from Vivien’s excellent and authoritative book, First Preserves.
Vivien kindly allowed me to reproduce the recipe for her Three Fruit Marmalade here, and a printable copy of her recipe is at the end of this post. I have also added some step-by-step photos of how I made the marmalade, which hopefully will be of some help if you decide to make it.
There is also a very helpful marmalade video on Vivien’s website, the link is here: First Preserves Marmalade Video. But on to my marmalade making exploits. Apart from the fact that January and February is Seville orange season, I can see why this preserve is popular during the winter months; the snow is on the ground, the wind is howling a gale and the diet dictates that no more cakes must be made this week.
So, why not reach for that knife and sit down with a pot of tea, or coffee, some music and shred citrus peel! I LOVED it, it was strangely relaxing and very therapeutic.
After the peel had soaked, it was time to actually “make” the marmalade. Vivien’s recipe is VERY easy to follow and it all went like a breeze, should I be saying that?! My 24 hours of prepping and cooking rewarded me with several jars (I increased the recipe slightly) of glowing citrus preserve……and oh yes, was I VERY proud of myself!
There’s a big problem with this award entering business, I got the marmalade making bug, and went on the hunt for some Seville oranges, in order to make another batch of marmalade which turned out to be “Merry Marmalade“, which has a bit of booze splashed in to it for good measure!