Here we go with Sarah’s creation! It has been a nightmare having to eat all the pieces left over from cutting out heart shapes. No one makes me of course but somehow it would be tragic to throw them away! Check out www.fabulousbakes.com if you want some!
Peter Donohoe will be playing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra.
Wonderful music and wonderful pianist!
On a recent Saturday run up Willingford Lane just before the pretty village of Burwash, I spotted this lovely site, still looking good in January.
I wish I could claim it was my crop… one day!
I can’t really talk you through this because it is my husband, Simon’s, New Year thing, but we are REALLY enjoying it, and so are our bnb guests. He takes his jar of culture (which lives in a kilner jar in the fridge) out of the fridge each Wednesday evening, and with the adding of flour and water and cling film to keep the ambient temperature in the bowl), then the kneading, by Saturday it is ready to go in the oven. It is almost scary seeing how the dough grows using the natural yeast in flour!
I could not call myself connoisseur, but my husband loves this and I have to hide the jars so that my guests can enjoy it too!
This is a weekends work, not much work, but time is needed. Read below…
2 kg Seville oranges
150 mml fresh lemon juice
4 kg demerara sugar
1. Scrub the oranges and remove the buttons. Cut in half and squeeze out the nice into a big bowl.
2. Peel what you can from the best of the halved oranges and cut this peel to a thickness that you like.
3. Add to the bowl of orange juice and cover with 5 litres of water, to soak overnight, or for 24 hours.
4. Transfer to a preserving pan and bring to the boil, then simmer slowly, covered, until the peel is tender. (This might take 2 hours plus and the contents of the pan should reduce by approx. 1/3rd.
5. Sir in the lemon juice and sugar and bring to the boil, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
6. Now you need to boil rapidly until setting point is reached ( I test with a teaspoon on a cold white plate to see if it is too runny. Note the long you boil the more tawny the marmalade is).
7. Leave to cool for 30 plus minutes (otherwise the peel might sink to the bottom of the jars)
8. Pour into warm (otherwise the glass jar might break) STERILISED jars and seal immediately.
I ran this race on newly fallen snow (apart from the footprints of all the fasties ahead of me!) last January and it was quite surreal and gorgeous.
I am doing it this year in my new cross country trainers and the forecast is snow! I can’t wait!
It is part of a series of races organised by the EAST SUSSEX SUNDAY CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE. www.eastsussexcrosscountry.co.uk
Meet opposite the Kings Standing Car park, for an 11 am start!