Seville Orange Marmalade

Seville Orange Marmalade

Seville Orange Marmalade  There is a small notebook, dated 1683, from Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland, seat of Clan Sutherland, written by an anonymous lady, which contains a set of recipes for preserving fruit. One of the recipes is titled ‘How to make Orieng Marmalot’, and this is one of the earliest recipes we have for Seville Orange Marmalade. Marmalade has…

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Pickled Red Cabbage

Pickled Red Cabbage

Pickled red cabbage might not be to everyone’s taste, but the cheap, washed-out shop bought varieties have done nothing good for the reputation of this traditional British pickle. When it comes to pickles I am not fussy, however, really good quality, homemade pickled red cabbage is a different animal altogether. The pleasure of pickles lies in the sharp contrast they…

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Apple Cheese

Apple Cheese

Apple Cheese, Sweet-Meats of the Season I love the idea of a fruit preserve so thick and dense that to eat it you need to slice it, as though it were flesh. The best known of these types of preserved fruits is quince paste. We think of quince paste as a Spanish thing (membrillo), to be eaten with manchego cheese,…

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Rowan Jelly from Rodden Trees

Rowan Jelly

Rowan Jelly from Rodden Trees From August to October, when the nights are drawing in, it is the time of year you might see the rowan trees drooping with their orangey red fruits. From time immemorial the rowan tree has been watched and worshipped. It was said to ward off evil spirits, and a tree heavy laden with fruit was…

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Summer Pickles, Small Feasts

Summer Pickles, Small Feasts There is no denying making your own pickles requires a bit of extra effort, but it is also incredibly easy and the job isn’t messy, like making a cake for instance. On taste, shop bought ones don’t compare with homemade, even with the best which are very expensive. Besides, they just don’t carry that same sense…

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Bread and Butter Pickles

Americans take great pride in their pickles, and produce so many different varieties. There isn’t the snobbery that you find towards pickles here in Britain. I first tasted bread and butter pickles in Kentucky when visiting family. We eat them in sandwiches made with the leftover ham from Thanksgiving – really juicy ham, thickly sliced. They are also really good…

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Homemade Mustard

Homemade Mustard – Very Proud Making The mustard makers would have us think making this condiment is something that can only be done in a factory, when it is in fact very easy to do, and you have compete control over the resulting flavour and texture. Here is an excellent recipe for a wholegrain mustard that is sweetened with honey….

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Raspberry Jam Recipe: The Best

A Raspberry Jam Recipe to Make the Most Delicious Jam There is a great tradition for making jam in Scotland. We have a vast selection of fruits that are perfect for making jams and jellies. Besides all the berries, there is rhubarb, rowanberries, gooseberries, plums and crab apples, to name a few. Jane Grigson believed Scotland grows the best raspberries…

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