Zest up your day with toast and marmalade!

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It’s that time of year when the house is permeated by the bitter, bright, clean and honeysweet smell of marmalade-in-the-making, as a pan of carefully cut up peels, juice and sugar bubble away enticingly in the kitchen to make this year’s supply of Seville Orange Marmalade. Is anything more guaranteed to wake you up and start your day with a zing than a couple of slices of toast and home-made marmalade?

I first wrote about it here, on this day in 2011. I wrote about it often. But our most memorable marmalade year was two years ago, when I wrote about it again, on almost this day.

Up above your head, in many a Spanish street, are oranges, glowing orbs of colour that brighten the cityscape. And two years ago we were in Valencia, home of the orange. Finding windfalls abandoned in the Turia Gardens, we gathered them and brought them home. What could be better than marmalade made, by you, from oranges you’ve harvested yourselves?

Oranges growing in Valencia

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It turns out that my first marmalade post was written on 21st January. Today is the 22nd. I hope this isn’t a hanging offence, in the world of Flashback Friday.

58 thoughts on “Zest up your day with toast and marmalade!

    1. We weren’t in Seville at the right time of year. But they WERE Seville oranges I used. I got some from CΓ‘diz last year, Seville’s near neighbour. Will that do?

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    1. Well done you. In our case, I’m not even sure whether to make more. We rarely have toast these days, so we still have plenty left from last year. But that smell! Gotta have my annual fix.

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  1. I’m sure it won’t come as any surprise to you to know that I have never made marmalade? I don’t actually like the smell of oranges. Orange blossom for me, every time! I tend to have fig jam or honey on my toast, but I do like a good marmalade. Save me a jar? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Actually, haven’t got to breakfast yet. Second cup of coffee and muesli, blueberries and yogurt sit beside me. Have a good day!

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    1. Fancy Becky not liking marmalade, especially (thinking in my sweetheart’s accent) one that marma made. Perhaps she has only had the thin cut stuff with hardly any peel in it.

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      1. I’ve tried all sorts – lots of home made ones, cheap bought ones and expensive bought ones. Tried thick peel, thin peel, no peel. Even tried making a marmalade steam pudding – but nope just don’t like the taste!

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    1. It’s a funny thing Sheree, but I didn’t eat marmalade in France. It didn’t seem right somehow. But I made it for our French friends alright. They seemed to love it.

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  2. A lovely vibrant post! And I love marmalade, but we are avoiding bread again and sweet things and you really have to have marmalade on hot buttered toast. I haven’t made it, but I used to buy the homemade stuff (Seville of course) from a lady on a stall at Ludlow market. She made other lovely marmalades too and chutneys. I miss her.

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    1. We’re not getting through a lot, for the same reasons as you. But it’s a treat when we have it. There must be another nice ‘marmalade lady’ somewhere for you?

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  3. Looks lovely and I bet it tastes delicious. You can’t beat homemade for marmalade. It would be nice if I could get Seville oranges, but they don’t seem to be listed for my Click & Collect order here.

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      1. They probably do and nobody understands or can be bothered to add temporary, short-season produce to the system. Still, it’s a minor gripe compared with all the horror of this detestable pandemic.

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  4. Double yum and isn’t the streets in some places in Spain wonderful when the oranges are in season. Loved the splash of colour. Marmalade is always in our pantry, homemade is even more preferable.

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