Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Yet more about Breakfast.



It is often said, that if you wish to eat well in England, you should eat 3 breakfasts a day.

Well, I don't think that holds true these days, but probably back in post-war England it was wise advice.

Personally I never miss a good breakfast, whether it be a full French (croissants and coffee), a full English (sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, black pudding, kidneys, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread, and just a few chips), or even a full Swiss (sawdust with currants).

Recently I've had an uncontrollable yearning for Marmalade. Hot buttered toast with Marmalade; oh yes! Even the mediocre Marmalade I bought recently (to assuage my yearning) tasted good.

I've been trying to get Lady Magnon to make some of her dangerously dark, brooding, Armagnac flavoured Marmalade, but to no avail. I suppose I'll have to roll my own sleeves up.

The last time I made Marmalade was after a spell in Marrakesh. I half-inched an Orange from one of the trees lining the Avenue Mohammed V (probably a hand-chopping offence), and converted it into Marmalade on my return home. It was surprisingly good.


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24 comments:

  1. Mmmmm....hot buttered toast with marmalade......that sounds fantastic!! I was just looking up recipes for strawberry preserves last night. The local farms should have the first berries available at the end of this month.

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  2. Not that keen on Marmalade - porridge with fruit followed by toast and avocado does me.

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  3. Apparently the sales of marmalade are on the wane losing out to more exotic jams - I myself love the stuff - I have read that the Scandinavians love it with cheese for breakfast.

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    1. Nothing surprises me about Scandinavians; Lady Magnon is one!

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  4. The map of the spread of marmalade consumption is the map of the spread of civilisation.

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    1. Does that mean that we are only civilised because of the Portuguese?

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    2. Probably! So long as it doesn't sport a tartan lid or a gingham ribbon around the neck of the jar, I don't care who spreads it!

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  5. Lady M's marmalade sounds delicious. Don't you have any effective persuasion strategies, Cro?

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    1. I thought just my threat to make some might have been enough... but she's not biting.

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  6. Nothing beats good marmalade... I made a few jars last month, when the seville oranges hit the shops. It's gorgeous. I made some last week in France...but with some pretty generic Spanish oranges....not nearly as good....but better than anything I've found to buy in France.

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  7. I've just made a batch, let me have me your address and I'll send you a jar.

    1 kg of Seville oranges; cooked whole in my slow cooker. Half I froze.
    The rest I sliced, removing the pips. Weighed the fruit pulp and remaining cooking liquor. Added jam sugar to the same weight and boiled to the required depth of dark. Just don't take the pith.

    LLX

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    1. I've not seen Seville Oranges on sale here, but I'm sure I can find an alternative. I may even have a go at the 3 fruit (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) variety... I've never tried that.

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    1. And, stupid me, I forgot Kedgeree too!

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    1. Medical advice about butter has recently changed. Now, it's good for you!

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  10. Now I want marmalade........

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  11. Judging by the number of obese people that I noticed, when last in England the 3 breakfast rule must still be practised.

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    1. You must be thinking of 3 McBreakfasts (served all day).

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  12. As a young student I developed a taste for Roses Lime Marmalade; it was the only way to disguise the bitter taste of burnt toast that my landlady constantly served for breakfast when I was in digs.

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  13. Is it awful to admit to only liking the shredless stuff?

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  14. I haven't tasted marmalade since my grandmother gave it to me whe I was a young girl. I dinna like it, but as best as I can remember, she wasn't a very good cook. The stuff she made was thick with chunks of orange peel, and very bitter. I might have to try it again, just to see. (I like just about anything on a good piece of buttered bread.)

    Um, sawdust???

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    1. There are so many types of Marmalade, Susan. From the dark and brooding (Lady M's), to light and dainty. Maybe you should try the latter.

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  15. Breakfast is my favorite meal...I could eat it at least three times a day...maybe more...

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