On the 24th of January 2010 I wrote my first post. Today four years later I am writing my six hundredth post. Coincidentally (not really) this post is also about marmalade. The bitter Seville orange is probably the last truly seasonal fruit. They are not available at any other time of the year, or, as far as I know in any other country, I don't think they are even eaten in Spain where they grow.
Today I made eight jars of the lovely orange stuff. I followed Delia's instructions again using 2½ lb of oranges, 5 pints water and 5 lbs sugar (ordinary granulated not golden granulated) and the juice of 1½ lemons. My oranges are from Waitrose and are cheaper now than four years ago at £2.29 a kilo. I wonder if there has been a rise in demand due to widespread marmalade blogging? Not only were the oranges cheaper but they came in a fabulous blue box.
Why not seize the day and bag yourself some Seville oranges before they disappear for another year? There really is no more satisfying way to chase a wet and miserable January day away than to fill your kitchen with the scent of oranges and the colour of sunshine.
Four years and six hundred posts about domesticity and quinces. Golly. It's been hugely enjoyable, tremendously rewarding but absolutely nothing without you out there reading and commenting. Thank you for making the connection, joining the conversation and for giving the act of blogging a point. Let's keep doing it.