Songbirds and oranges …

03/02/2013 § 18 Comments

a strange combination?

Oranges first then …

Baked oranges

Baked oranges

Satisfying processes

Satisfying chopping

Swish the pith!

Squish the pith!

Boiling cauldron

Boiling cauldron

Ten bottles of marmalade!

Ten bottles of marmalade!

Very satisfying indeed.  10 Seville oranges, turned into 10 bottles of Dark Ginger Marmalade.  I love making marmalade and have a method that’s evolved over many years …

1     wash the fruit then cut in half and roughly into segments

2     barely cover with water in a deep baking dish, add a sprinkle of cloves, a couple of cinnamon sticks, some root ginger cut into slices and a couple of bay leaves.  (I adore the flavour and smell of bay).

3     stick it in the oven for a couple of hours on a medium heat and then allow to cool down a bit so it doesn’t burn your fingers

4     get stuck in – with your fingers – remove the juicy bits from the orange skin.  Put the skin to one side.  Put the liquid and juicy mush through a sieve.  Pick out the bay leaves, a couple of slices of ginger and the cinnamon and pop them into the preserving pan with the liquid.

5     slide a sharp knife along the underside of the skin segments, to remove any remaining pith, then slice orange skin into slivers.  Add to liquid.

6     measure (or guess, in my case), how many pints of liquid you now have and add 1 lb sugar to every pint.  Dissolve the sugar slowly over a medium heat, stirring gently

7     add some glace ginger if you like it and my secret ingredient, to make the marmalade good and dark – 2 tsp black treacle

8     boil it up until it reaches ‘jam’ on the sugar thermometer, remove bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and large pieces of root ginger

9     sterilise jars & lids in the oven, on 100 degrees, then using a wide necked funnel and jug, bottle it up – fill jars right up to the top

10   place a waxed circle on top and seal tightly while still hot

11   write your labels and pop them into the cupboard to set

Voila – Dark Ginger Marmalade – that’s the oranges done!

Now for the Songbird …

Songbird is the name of a new quilt.  Inspired by Scandinavian colours and style – simple, modern & functional …

Taupe, reds, sagey greens and snowy white

Taupe, reds, sagey greens and snowy white

My first quilt of 2013

My first quilt of 2013

A new pen

A new pen

Quilted hearts

Quilted hearts

This isn’t a ta’dah moment as there’s a long way to go with this massive king-sized quilt.  I bought just a scant half metre of the patterned fabric in Sherborne a couple of weeks ago.  I could hardly wait to get started.  It’s such an unusual and subtle pattern despite the strong colours.  It needed vibrance and contrast but I didn’t want to detract from it, so settled for a narrow palette of reds & white and there’s a touch of sage at the sides, but you’ll have to wait to see the full reveal.

I’ve been busy practising free-motion quilting too and have progressed from my happy stippling pattern to a simple heart and pebbles.  I bought my first fabric pen yesterday in Bath, and have tested it – it sponges off easily, leaving no trace.

Bath was marvellous in the winter sun – lunch with our lovely boys and the quickest buzz around my favourite shops.  A new cloche hat from the antiques market too!

Have a lovely week – I’ll be wanting to quilt, in every moment that I’m doing everything else!

What’s everyone been up to over at Handmade Monday?  Do pop over to see.

Adaliza x

 

 

 

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§ 18 Responses to Songbirds and oranges …

  • A yummy recipe and can’t wait to see the finished quilt. So far it looks beautiful. Hope you have a good week.

    Jill
    Christmas Pie Crafts

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  • Simmi says:

    Ohhh I do love homemade marmalade – yummy!! And the quilt is looking beautiful already – I am in awe of quilters – something I don’t have the nerve to try yet! Have a lovely week, Simmi x

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  • Ali says:

    Your marmalade sounds lovely especially with the ginger. The fabric for the quilt is really pretty. I don’t possess either of these skills so I’m very impressed.
    Ali x

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  • I’m not usually keen on marmalade- but your additions of ginger, cinnamon, bay and treacle actually make it sound very tempting.
    The quilt is already looking like it’s going to be gorgeous.

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  • I have never thought of adding ginger to marmalade but will certainly think about it in the future. Homemade marmalade is so much yummy than shop bought isn’t it?

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  • adaliza says:

    There was a ramekin of marmalade left unbottled, so we poured it over our fried chicken tonight! It was fabulous and made an easy & tasty dinner. We would have added some garlic, but we’re both teaching tomorrow morning!!! Marmalade chicken will be on the menu again very soon!

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  • Wonderful – I love handmade marmalade – must admit have not tried one with ginger – must be a really good combination. Hope I’m not too late to still buy some oranges and have a go !

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  • Yvonne says:

    That marmalade looks lovely, I must try out your recipe though I am not sure if I can get Seville oranges here. I wonder is Merlin oranges would be ok to use? That quilt looks like it will turn out stunning 🙂

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  • CatkinJane says:

    The quilt looks lovely, I’m a big fan of red so it definitely catches my eye.
    I’ve only ever cheated when making marmalade and used those tins if MaMade – always spiced up with my own additions though!

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  • Hmm I would never have thought about that! Will have to give it a go 🙂

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  • freespiritdesigns says:

    yum! your marmalade looks delicious, i can almost taste it!

    beautiful quilted heart, i love red and white as a colour combo, i can’t wait to see the finished project! x

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  • I can imagine the smell of those oranges from here..yummy! 🙂

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  • Very well written guide and the marmalade looks lovely. Shame I don’t like the taste of it 😀

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  • Marmalade on toast on a Sunday morning…delicious…
    I really like the concept of your quilt so far, and the colours are lovely. I like the fabrics you have chosen, and the quilting design.
    Wendy x

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  • adaliza says:

    Thank you – can’t wait till Sunday morning’s breakfast, now!

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  • the quilts looking great so far

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  • I love the look of your squidgy heart on the quilt and the dotty fabric looks so bright and ‘happy’.
    I’m another one that likes ginger in marmalade, it’s good for you too.

    Jan x

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  • Martha says:

    mmmmmm mmmmarmalade! i love all citrusy flavours – oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes… name it all. well done on your jam making – look yummy!

    love the quilt – the colours are gorgeous and the pattern is awesome.

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