We had a wedding in the family recently. It was so much fun. For a wedding which supposed to be short and sweet, it ended up being a loooooong wedding going over almost three months. Yes. You did read that right. Three months. Each month had a different function. But the good part of that was that we thoroughly enjoyed each and every ceremony and function. When the ceremonies run continuously over a period of 3-4 days, then you get so tired after the first cocktail party, that the remaining events just go off in a blur. You don't remember the food, the decor, anything.
But the point of bringing up the wedding was that when a brides family came home for the first time, it is customary to bring some fruit and sweets. But this family brought these vast quantities of fruit. Enough to feed an army for a month. Really.
In that lot of fruit, were these two bags of little oranges. When I say little I mean little. They were really cute as a button. But not sure what to do with them, we decided to make marmalade with it.
This was my first foray into the world of jam making. It came out quite well but it does not last too long. As there are no preservatives, you have to be extremely careful in sterilising the jars and in using dry spoons to serve.
Very easy to make and not too many ingredients.
1 kilogram Clementine Oranges ( you can use tangerines too)
1 kilogram Sugar
Juice of two Limes
Wash the clementines well. Cut them into quarters.
Take out the seeds and pith (the white part of the peel).
Tie the seeds and the pith in a little muslin bag.
Put the quartered clementines into the blender and blend till the skin is into small bits. Be careful not to make it a paste. It has to have a bite as we are not cutting the peel into slivers.
Put it into a thick saucepan along with 3 cups of water and the juice of the limes.
Add the sugar and bring to a rolling boil. Keep cooking stirring at regular intervals till it starts thickening and reaching a setting point.
Check if it is reached that point by putting a couple of drops on a plate and pushing it when cool. If it starts wrinkling, then the marmalade is ready.
Cool till it is room temperature, then pour into the sterilised bottles and seal.
Serve on toast or use in cakes...