My Dad, Marmalade and Welly Dog

13 Jan

The rain has been relentless today so, in honour of my Dad whose birthday it is today, we have made more Marmalade using the Seville Oranges I froze a week ago. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house as I was growing up so he is always with me in the kitchen at this time of year as we take advantage of the new crop of Sevilles as they come into the shops for their all-too-brief season. He is with me in the smells and the preparation, the chopping up and the boiling and in the delighted satisfaction with all the golden jars that will last us a year (with the rest made last week!) The two tiny jars are ‘Breakfast-in-bed’ jars!  There are more on the shelves from the last batch……

Jars and jars of the delicious stuff

A frozen orange with ice blobs

I mentioned the incessant  rain …. Welly Dog smiles in all weathers and I love him to bits though Muker, our copper Rook whom we bought in the village of that name in North Yorkshire many years ago, looks somewhat forlorn, though he too is much loved.

Welly dog and Muker through a rain-soaked window


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11 responses to “My Dad, Marmalade and Welly Dog

  1. utesmile

    January 14, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I didn’t know you can freeze whole oranges and then use them…. Thanks for letting me know. What marmalade is for you , Quince jelly is for me and my sister makes the best!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

      I’ve never seen fresh Quinces! Must look out for them. Is Quince Jelly the same as Membrillo? I love that with cheese. 🙂

      • utesmile

        January 14, 2018 at 11:05 am

        Never heard of Membrillo, must google it. I used to cut Quince with my mum to make jelly, they are terribly hard and it it hard work. but the jelly is my absolut favourite and it has such an amazing taste. Unfortunately we do not see many Quince trees around.

      • utesmile

        January 14, 2018 at 11:08 am

        Hi, just checked Membrillo, my sister does that too and sends me squares for Christmas, sugarcoated, I eat them as they are without cheese. 🙂

        • mybeautfulthings

          January 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

          How lovely! I bought some when we were in Barcelona visiting family and I love it too. I once made Plumbrillo using local Key plums and it, too, was delicious. 🙂

  2. calvin

    January 14, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Happy marmalade thoughts. My father smoked a pipe at one time. Recently I discovered a candle company that makes a candle with exact scent of the brand he smoked.

    I will take wet over -15C. I hope your weather turns to drier days -fingers crossed.

  3. nrhatch

    January 14, 2018 at 3:01 am

    That marmalade looks SUNNY!

  4. Arkenaten

    January 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Still have several jars of your recipe in the fridge – including a small breakfast in bed jar!

    We could do with some more rain; so hot and so dry, but nothing forecast for next week.

  5. commonprose

    January 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I looked at your recipe, Sally, and can just imagine David going through all the steps with you at his knee. What a wonderful tradition. Has anyone else in the family taken this up?

  6. Shelagh Smith

    January 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    My late mother was the marmalade maker in our house. My late brother took over the job when she died. Will have to see if his son is continuing the tradition.


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