A Golden Glow Warms Up a Snowy Day In Rempstone

Posted on 22nd January, 2018






The weather forecast was correct... snow would start to fall at Loughborough and the surrounding area at 9.00am on Sunday morning. Almost to the minute the first flakes started to fall here in Rempstone. It followed a very cold night so the ground underneath was particularly icy.


What to do on such a morning. My answer, turn on the One Day International Cricket from Australia - too many comments about the heat - and set to making my annual batch of Seville Orange Marmalade.

This is a real pleasure for me at this time of year.  Buying the oranges as they arrive on the market stall for a few short weeks, prepare the jars and then, set too.


My largest preserving pan, measuring jug,  the large stainless steel mixing bowl, for warming the sugar in the coolest oven of the AGA , and the oranges and lemons. Once assembled the oranges are washed well and then put in the pan with the water adding the lemons once they have been squeezed.  The prepared ingredients are brought to the boil and then  placed in the simmering oven for two hours or so. I took the chance to take the dog for a snowy walk  across the fields. 


The snow was falling at an increasing rate and muffled every sound, a really wintery scene. Arriving back at Hrempis Farm there was the most welcoming and glorious citrus aroma. It reminded me of one of those beautiful  scented candles which I love, but often hate to light as they are so expensive! 


Once the oranges are soft allow them to cool  and then  cut in half to scoop out the centre and to press as much of the pulp through the sieve as possible  to add to the water they have cooked in. Slice the peel thickly or thinly to your taste  and add along with the warmed sugar and reserved lemon juice.  Bring to the boil and then cook at a fast rate until the setting point is reached. This can take anything from 15 to 40 minutes.  


Once ready allow to cool for a few minutes then bottle in your prepared sterilised jars, cover and label. The sight of the jars filled with the beautiful golden marmalade and the lingering scent of citrus is warming and cheering. 

A very satisfying day and I feel better prepared to welcome guests to Hrempis Farm over the coming months. 

Even better England won the cricket and I am looking forward to the coming months of watching cricket at Trent Bridge.  Marmalade sandwiches anyone.........


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Comments (2)

Well done Nicki, interested in why you soften the oranges in the oven, does that make it hard to slice the skins?
Boydin makes the marmalade, he peels the oranges, I juice for him, he slices the peel, puts in the pan to soak overnight. The pulp he puts in Muslim and hangs in the pan.xxx
Lovely blog post! Can't wait for our next visit.