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Monday, 18 November 2019

End of the marmalade

It was a sudden revelation that this was the last jar of 2019 marmalade, and a tiny jar at that. Although fifty plus jars were made back in January clearly this was not enough to last until next January. There are options to solve this, damson jam is eaten instead, we buy shop marmalade or purchase a can of Marmade (think that is the right name) to make a pseudo home made product. In reality  marmalade maybe home made from charity stalls at Christmas lighting up events or winter fairs would be a tastier option.

As long as I’ve had my own home I have made a Christmas cake, usually  using the recipe from the Stork cookery book from school, this year albeit a bit late to allow for maturity I’m doing the same. The fruit has been soaking in brandy, hope I wasn’t too heavy handed with the liquor and today, after a dental checkup the creaming, beating and baking will begin.

This glass bowl has a history, when DS was at play school there was the inevitable fund raising, this bowl, filled with ingredients to make a Christmas cake, was the prize, this was either 34 or 35 years ago. No clingfilm used, this cover reminds  me of shower caps, they are for food use to cover bowls, can be washed and reused, Ian bought them as part of our efforts to be eco friendly.


  1. Very good idea to be eco friendly even in such seemlingly small ways. Whenever I can, I prefer reusable things, too.
    Christmas cake - can you believe I have never really tasted one? In all the years I've been regularly travelling to Yorkshire, I have never been there at Christmas time, and as long as my parents are still around (which I hope will be for many years to come), it won't happen.

  2. When I made marmalade early in the year, I froze a few extra oranges, just in case we ran out but also for ice cream, sauce with duck etc. In fact, the jars will just about last, I think. So I'll have to defrost the remaining half dozen oranges and freeze new ones.