39. Happy Friday Links

Every week I like to share wonderful reads and resources to inspire simplicity, mindfulness and living well on less.

Take care this new year

Claire xo



  1. Happy New Year!
    I prefer Nigella's marmalade recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess http://notjustanyoldbaking.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/pink-grapefruit-marmalade.html
    It's for grapefruit, but to make a Seville orange version, boil 800g oranges as per the recipe. When soft remove from pan (save the water), scoop out the pips (put them in a small pan) then slice the oranges and put them in your jam pan.
    Ladle some of the orange cooking water over the pips in the little pan, bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes. Strain this over the the chopped oranges, add the juice of 2 lemons and 1.4kg sugar. Heat gently to ensure the sugar dissolves before the jam boils then proceed as per the recipe again.
    Replace half the sugar with light muscovado (and maybe a tablespoon of molasses/black treacle) for a dark marmalade.
    It's much quicker (and easier) to chop the cooked oranges than raw ones :)

    I'd also highly recommend her Seville orange ice cream whilst you're buying the oranges- http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/no-churn-bitter-orange-ice-cream-176
    Possible the best ice cream ever. (The sweet orange and lime version is a very close second and lemon is really good too!)

  2. And I prefer Delia's other recipe in Winter Cooking which starts by boiling the oranges and lemons whole. This makes slicing them much easier once you have scooped out the flesh and pips for the pectin extract. I'm in the middle of simmering them right now. The recipe has never failed and garners many compliments. So much so, that I ran out too soon last year and will make a double batch this year.
    Thanks for your Friday links. I always find something interesting there.

    1. I've got that book but have never tried that recipe- thanks for the prompt, I might try it this year. Either way, I shredded raw oranges one year and never again :)

  3. Interesting Friday links there. I especially enjoyed the article by Sarah Knight - I've become more like this with age (51)! I always feel happy following a Delia recipe - I just trust her.

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    1. ... oh and I meant to add ... I love the photo, a brilliant view and old lace, an absolutely beautiful combination.


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