Pots of Sunshine

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.


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  1. Hi Sue, four years' blogging, that's gone fast! Thanks as ever for your posts, as useful, informative and inspiring as they were when you began, all the best, Sian x

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  2. Anonymous4:12 pm GMT

    Congratulations on your six-hundreth post!
    I'm not a great "commenter" but I always enjoy reading your blog, so I'm glad to be the first to wish you as much pleasure in the next four years of blogging.
    Tracey.

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  3. Congratulations Sue. Think I might join you, order myself some Seville Oranges and get making some delicious Marmalade. Jill x

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  4. Congratulations on 4 years and 600 posts (thats a satisfying combination!). The marmalade looks great, last year I managed to pick up some seville's from the reduced section of our local supermarket - I should start keeping an eye out again.

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  5. Congratulations.Sue. I was wondering if Waitrose still had oranges .... this could be my sticky weekend! It's that now or never moment.

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  6. Do you know, I was so annoyed the other day, as I'd been in to Waitrose (I thought they'd have Sevilles) and bought some, only to find when I got home that they were sweet oranges...don't know what happened (was it me or Waitrose?), but I didn't stay annoyed for long and now have 5 jars of sweet orange marmalade, 5 of same with brandy and 5 with ginger. Back to Waitrose (or maybe the market!) tomorrow for the real thing...

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  7. Congratulations, Sue, and thank you for your lovely posts!
    I agree that marmalade making is the perfect occupation for a January day. I still have plenty of last year's lot left so I think I'll leave the oranges for other cooks this time.

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  8. Congratulations, both on the 600th post and the marmalade. I seem to remember my mom doing marmalade like this, so maybe we do have Seville oranges in Sweden as well? Or had? I have to admit, though, that although I do like marmalade, I am not terribly keen on the orange variety, so I've never made it myself.

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  9. Congratulations Sue! We come here to read and comment because you keep us interested and inspired, so thank you.

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  10. Yep, just finished slicing all my peel...following Nigel's recipe from Kitchen Diaries II. I used his recipe last year and it was the best batch of marmalade I've made. (The page he writes beforehand on 4 Feb is great.) It is such a perfectly satisfying preserve to make this time of year.
    Blimey - six hundred posts! I don't always comment either, but that's because usually I'm in agreement and have nothing original to say, other than 'yes'.....
    That IS a fabulous blue box especially next to the oranges.
    Here's to the next four years!

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    1. I've just read the relevant page -yes! He says it so much better than me.

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  11. That's just what I'm going to be doing this weekend.

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  12. Congratulations on your 4th year and 600th post - two great milestones. I only rarely comment but I enjoy seeing new posts and I always turn to you first when I am in need on inspiration. Thank you for all the great recipes. Sarahx

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  13. I too have just gone by the 600 mark - amazing how time flies when you are having fun.

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  14. Congratulations, Sue. Yours is one of the best blogs around because of your wonderful personality. Can't wait for the next four years.

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  15. Anonymous5:54 pm GMT

    Thanks for keeping up the blogging. I enjoy keeping an eye on the seasons in the UK via you as I have been living elsewhere for a while now.
    H

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  16. Congratulations - I think I have been reading your brilliant blog long before I started myself and knew about 'following'. I've made your vegetable hash, your herb hash, wept envious tears over your quince recipes, agreed with your occasional rants and chuckled over the funny bits. Carry on old chum, many more of 'em! Lx

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  17. Anonymous5:58 pm GMT

    congratulations on you 600 lovely posts. Your marmalade looks lovely I made some yesterday and agree the house smells lovely. I plan to make another batch before the oranges disappear for another year

    tess

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  18. Great stuff. You had an authentic voice from the word go. Long may you continue to entertain and inform.
    I use Delia too, but the one from Winter cooking where she boils the oranges and lemons whole for hours, then lets them cool. They are easy to slice that way once you've scooped out the flesh and pips for the muslin bag squeezing.

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  19. Happy blogging anniversary, Sue! You have a gem of a blog here, I only wish I'd discovered you sooner. I want to make marmalade this year. Last year's effort was a disaster and I need to put that right. No-where round here seems to sell Seville oranges so I'll have to drive across Leeds to Waitrose - oh, what a pity... ;-) x

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  20. Many happies m'dear. You do the whole blog thing so well- stunning photos, succinct and witty writing, great post choices and modesty about your talents. Cheers Mrs Quince, Ax

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  21. Yay! I so agree Sue. I love your blog and I love making marmalade too. Isabella announced she prefers quince jelly! Have you tried it with a little bit of Worcestershire added? Sounds vile I know but is gorgeous with cold cuts. X

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  22. Unknown is me: Pip X

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  23. Four years and 600 posts of fabulous photos that are a feast for my eyes. Well done and thank you :)

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  24. Many congratulations Sue.

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  25. I check in daily, but do not always comment.
    Your blog is inspiring and entertaining I love all your recipes. Congratulations on your 4 years and I hope you have many many more to come

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  26. Congratulations Sue!
    I paid £1.99 a kilo for my oranges!!!!!!

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  27. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging. I always look forward to your posts and lovely photos. Got my oranges ready and waiting - I'm hoping to make my marmalade this weekend.

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  28. Congrats on 600 posts - I love your blog, have been reading for a few months, but have just decided to dip my toe into commenting and blogging myself. I love love the Seville oranges display in my local Waitrose, I find the colours so inspiring!

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  29. Congratulations on four years of blogging Sue. Yours is a favourite blog of mine, always pithy, often funny, very inspirational and a happy place to visit. Thank you.

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  30. Congratulations on 600 posts. I love reading your blog. Your catering ideas really galvanise me into trying something new. Long may it continue.

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  31. Happy 4 years, 600 posts and lots of jars of marmalade!! I haven't been with you all that time, but hope that you are around for a long time yet to come!! xx

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  32. Yes, let's keep doing it. It is hugely enjoyable and educational too plus you meet all kinds of wonderful people. I enjoy your blog very much. Happy bloversary !

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  33. Bravo to you on the magnificent 600, Sue, and also on that delicious marmalade. I was recently given some marvelous marmalade made by a friend from a combination of oranges, lemons and grapefruit. I'd never before sampled this combo, and it's really lovely on breakfast buttered toast.

    I am trying to recall how it was that I first connected with your site. I enjoy visiting here so much...it seems as if I've been knowing your excellent blogging self forever.

    Your sensible take on day to day life, very witty humor, inventive menus and recipe hints, and most recently, sharing of knitting explorations, make for a very rich mix.

    Best wishes to you in this still new year. I so look forward to seeing what your will be showing us next.

    xo

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  34. Oh, yes, we have them here in the States but they are not used for marmalade; the middle-eastern ladies buy them by the crateful in Austin, Tx and the mexican super markets here in Chicago sell them all the time. Where are yours from ?

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    1. I assumed they came from Seville, Spain but maybe that refers to the type of orange rather than the origin. I've thrown the box away now so can't check. I'm interested to know what the Middle Eastern and Mexican ladies do with them.

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  35. Four years already? My oh my ;-)
    Yours was one of the first blogs I Ever read Sue & I have been reading & chuckling & enjoying ever since:-)
    I hate marmalade. Sadly.

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  36. I too bought one of the lovely Waitrose boxes of oranges, the box looked so sweet, such a good idea to box them and the oranges look lovely so I look forward to more Marmalade making this weekend. Thank you for such a lovely blog.

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  37. Anonymous10:04 am GMT

    Sue, Congrats on the four years of fab writing and inspiring ideas!! I dont comment often but looove your blog and read it regularly- keep it up! I also made TWO batches of marmalade, bought fruit from Waitrose as well and made it with mix of white and dark muscovado sugar (50/50) yummy! put about a 3rd less sugar, I like it dark and with a bite, still set nicely and the lovely smell drifts through the house for the whole weekend and lifts the spirit!!
    Nushka xx

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  38. I have a lot of posts to catch up with Sue, about 580 probably.... congratulations. I feel inspired to make marmalade even though I don't like to eat it. Christina x

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  39. Congrats on 600 posts! What a tour de force - I so admire you and like other commenters thank you for much pleasure, info and inspiration. I've tried many of your recipes & ideas & wish I'd had that knowledge years ago when I had a family to organize. I look forward to your posts & check most days - please keep it up! Many thanks.

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  40. Well done my old chick!

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  41. Well done; keep it up. Your loyal readers need you. (And get that cookery book published!)

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  42. Congrats on the 600!! Is one box enough for the marmalade? I saw these & toyed with the idea but hesitated & left them. May have to go back tomorrow :)
    Lush

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    1. Yes. It's approx 1 kg and that was enough for 8 jars.

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  43. Happy Bloggy Birthday Sue ... and please do keep doing it, you'll leave a bunch of us bereft if you stop x

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  44. Congratulations Sue! Wow! Haven't all those four years flewn by? I remember that the first time I ever made Seville orange marmalade was after reading one of your posts and I followed Delia's recipe as you recommended.... I felt trully inspired.... It's always a pleasure to visit you here at the quince tree and read your posts.
    Here's (glass of beer in hand) to more years of inspiration!! Cheers! Pati x

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  45. Anonymous10:03 am GMT

    Thanks for all your fab posts! Do you happen to know how long you can keep Seville oranges before making the marmalade. I bought some on the market yesterday and don't have time to make it right away. I know my mum always used to freeze them to use through the year but I wonder how long they would keep otherwise? Sarah

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    1. I have frozen Seville oranges in the past with no ill effects, I bought mine two weeks ago and only got round to make the marmalade this weekend, if that helps.

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  46. I don't know Sarah but I expect Google does :)

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  47. Hear hear!! I'm about to make rhubarb crumble... And it's all your fault!

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  48. Hello Sue, I am a newbie following your blog - in fact, I love it so much that I have looked at all your blog posts since you started within the last few days! The husband has been moaning that I have spent far too much time on the laptop though - perhaps he might be pleased when I cook lots of your lovely recipes which I have spent ages bookmarking!

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  49. Your marmalade is such an exquisite colour! My very favourite thing on toast for breakfast. Oh, and yes, Seville oranges are available here in Sydney, for a short time during our winter, in July. I make a yearly batch following Stephanie Alexander's recipe. :)

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    1. How interesting Kathryn. I wonder where they are grown?

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    2. I believe they are grown in the Riverina area, which is a vast farming area in south-western New South Wales (or so says Stephanie Alexander, one of our best known cooks here).

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  50. Very well done Sue! I have enjoyed every post that you have written and appreciated all the pictures too. Please keep at it.

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  51. Probably a hanging offence but I always make marmalade with the tins of MaMade prepared oranges as having done a direct taste comparison with that and the genuine article I had made... There was next to no difference and it is SO much easier. I can make batches of good marmalade throughout the year for us and my 91 year old Mum (who is diabetic and loves the stuff... at 91 and going strong must be doing her some good!) Sorry, treason or what!

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    1. Not at all, I've used Mamade before and it's very good indeed. Still, it's nice to make it with sevilles when they are available.

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