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three fruit marmalade


This is not my usual area of competence (i.e. Augusta is the family jam maker) but…

First the fruit needs to soak . I wash 2 lemons, a grapefriut and an orange and remove the peel with a potato peeler. I cut the peel into fine strips and add it to a bowl with 2 litres of water. I remove the white pith from the fruit and put it in a muslin cloth (actually, an old cotton napkin). I cut up the fruit and put any pips or pith in the the napkin. I add the fruit to the basin of water. I tie up the napkin well and add it to the basin too. I cover with a plate and leave for 24 hours.

I bring the fruit, water and bag of pith to the boil in a  very large pan and simmer for an hour and a half. I wash five jam jars and their caps well, dry them and put them in the oven at 100°C for half an hour to “sterilise”. I remove the bag of pith from the simmered liquid and squeeze out as much of the sticky liquid as possible into the pan (this is where the pectin is!). I add a kilo and a half of sugar to the fruit and boil rapidly for 20 minutes until setting point is reached. A little liquid on a cold plate will gel. I transfer the marmalade to a pouring jug and fill the jars to the brim. The caps must be put on immediately.

So, breakfast is now sorted for a wee while. 

lemon cake


It’s raining today, a piece of cake would be nice at tea-time!

I pre-heat the oven to 170°C. I mix the following ingredients one by one in a large mixing bowl: 2 eggs, 5 tablespoons of sugar, 5 tablespoons of melted butter, 5 tablespoons of milk, the juice and peel of a lemon (or an orange), 10 tablespoons of flour and a good teaspoon of baking powder. I pour the mix into a buttered and lined cake tin. It takes 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. I cool it on a rack and dust with icing sugar before serving.

The cake is low, it’s meant to be that way!