13 January 2010

Too many oranges!

One of the best things about having neighbours with a holiday home next door is that you get all the left over goodies just before they leave. This happens quite regularly especially during the month of August and other fiesta times such as Semana Santa.

This year our neighbours Monste and Maribel left for Barcelona shortly after the New Year. A week earlier when they first arrived we were inundated with oranges, freshly harvested from a farm (or enormous back garden) near Reus in Catalunya. Being a little more health aware for 2010 we decided that at least for the meantime oranges were to be the way to go for a our daily dose of vitamins.

Then came the carrier bags, we had noticed previously a suspiciously large quantity of oranges in the neighbours cave and thought that they would be using them, giving them away or taking them back, little did we know they would arrive by the kilo a few days later.

A nice problem to have.... a bag of sugar later and a couple of lemons - MARMALADE!

I remember my Mother making marmalade back in the UK in the late 80's, this looks nothing like it but tastes good nonetheless. We will of course be keeping a jar or two for the neigbours.

Neighbours Orange Marmalade:


12 Large oranges
5 Cups white sugar

How to make:

1. This is a recipe for quick marmalade... wash the oranges and remove the stems.

2. Cut each orange into eighths or roughly chop.

3. Place in a blender and blend well adding the sugar.

4. Place in a large pot and bring to the boil then simmer gently, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn for 10 minutes.

5. Spoon into jars, tighten the lids, leave to cool then put in the fridge.

Great on toast!

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