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Friday, April 21, 2006

Chinese Orange Marmalade

  • Slice the Chinese oranges, with skin, into pieces.
  • Remove the seeds and put them in a small square gauze bandage and tie a knot.
  • Add exactly the same amount of sugar to fruit, i.e. 1 cup fruit = 1 cup sugar.
  • Put the mixture in a thick-bottomed pan. Cover with just enough water.
  • Turn on heat. Stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn off the heat. Keep overnight.
  • Next day, boil on slow flame.
  • When it thickens slightly, drop the gauze bandage in.
  • Continue to boil on low flame until right consistency is reached.
  • Remove the gauze bandage and pour the marmalade into a sterilised bottle and seal immediately.
  • Enjoy!

This is the recipe for making marmalade with Chinese oranges, just in case anyone is interested. You don’t really have to keep it overnight, if you don’t want to. Continue boiling on low flame till the desired consistency is reached and transfer it to a bottle immediately.

I’ve been planning to make the marmalade for a long, long time but didn’t get round to doing it till today. And, even if this means blowing my own trumpet, it has turned out really well! Last time, it was even better. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, it was something to die for - absolutely perfect consistency and sweetness!!

I guess this isn’t the ideal subject for a post, and maybe it isn’t even interesting, but, in my opinion and recent experience, at least it’ll be safe from prying eyes and overly curious minds. Hopefully, it won’t fuel their hunger to know more. Unlike my last post, I doubt it’ll prompt anyone to do a Google search for anyone and then post the results of the search and details of the person on my blog.

Anyway...it was Eliot, I think, who said that April is the cruelest month. It was said in a different context, I know, but all along I’ve had a good reason to disagree with the notion. Because this is the month I was born in and, even though birthdays aren’t such a big deal with me, I’ve always felt a certain illogical sense of proprietorship over it. However, the events of the last three weeks or so seem to suggest that the great man was right after all. It is the cruelest month.

24 Comments:

Blogger km said...

So that's where you've been hiding - perfecting the marmalade!

how's them films coming along?

12:00 am  
Blogger Selma Mirza said...

this sounds simple enough for me to try :-) could you please tell me what chinese oranges are?

12:15 am  
Anonymous Ph said...

Welcome back. Absolutely LOVE marmalade. I might try this recipe out soon.

12:34 am  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

q: so why do chinese kids look like citrus pips?
a: bec of the orange mama laid.

3:55 am  
Blogger kundalini said...

tr - hahaha. trust you.

ghost - you have at least one person here who thinks recipes form pretty ideal posts :). so post on.

7:02 am  
Blogger sattva said...

gotj, i LOVE marmalades...at any point in time, my kitchen boasts at least 4 diff types. never thought of making one, tho' now am considering...but can u make this with regular oranges/clementines/tangerines?

1:44 pm  
Blogger Fingers said...

Nice post!
My mother makes orange marmalade every year, a whole stack of jars to last the year. It's a treat. And knowing that it's been made at home makes it taste even nicer somehow.

Hope you've been well.

8:28 pm  
Blogger Sonia said...

hi. this is my first time here.
i can relate. take care. (and i'm not talking about the marmalade)

12:33 am  
Blogger Ash said...

GOTJ the chef :D
though making marmalade does not essentially make you a chef :)
Be kind to yourself. It might help you just a little bit if things become too difficult to handle. I do that all the time :)

8:43 am  
Blogger Inkblot said...

ah finally...was waiting for this one! :)

2:44 pm  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

KM: Funny, but the marmalade turns out perfect only in hiding :-)

Films? TV series actually...shall post about it when we get close to the shoot



Evenstar: Chinese oranges are miniature oranges...that's the best I can do by way of description. And, they are terribly sour...but I love them anyway. You should be able to get them in any big nursery. Don't knowabout your part of Bombay but I did see may being sold in the lanes of Bandra


PH: There's something special about this one...maybe b'cos of the nature of the fruit :-)


TR: Ha, ha :-)


Kundalini: You may come to rue this encouragement...for all you know, I might even take you seriously and start posting more recipes :-)

4:31 pm  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

Sattva: Oranges, definitely. Haven't tried clememtines but can't see why it shouldn't work.


Fingers: You're right, there's something special about home-made jams and marmalades. Thanks :-)


Sonia: Thanks, I will...and thanks for stopping by :-)


Ash: Well, I'll have you know that I can make plenty of other things too :-)


Inkblot: Does that mean you're going to try making the marmalade? I doubt it :-)

4:38 pm  
Blogger ~River~ said...

I'm not the world's best cook, but I tried making marmalade once, and it was actually edible (and lickable).

My downstairs neighbour has one of these orange trees in her garden. The oranges look rather too pretty!

Welcome back and Happy Birthday (when exactly, btw?)!

10:22 pm  
Blogger blow said...

oh i love orange marmalade!
i'm not very fond of april either.
anyway, Happy Birthday! :)

1:14 am  
Blogger the-think said...

Oh yes, April has a way of gettin cruel in all ways...

8:26 am  
Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

It WAS TSE who wrote that, as you well know.

What would you put the marmalade on? Muffins?

And before you started a blog, did you ever comment as "M"?

J.A.P.

4:13 pm  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Glad you're back GOTJ. Hope to see you bounce back to your vitriolic best soon.
-MT

2:20 am  
Blogger Patient Portnoy said...

Hi Tom

Glad you're back, loved the marmalade. Could almost smell fresh orange peels :-)

Not commenting on "April". You've had too much of that, I spose. But remember, the same opening also has "...stirring dull roots with spring rain..."

8:47 pm  
Blogger Selma Mirza said...

Do you know if one can make cherry marmalade instead, with the same procedure?

12:20 am  
Anonymous chandni said...

aha...sounds yummy!! any suggestions for someone who cant cook AT ALL?/ liike would someone serve it readymade? :)

And dont worry abt the last post man...I know it must be annoying but...chalne do

5:24 am  
Blogger cactusjump said...

can u send me a jar?

9:24 pm  
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