Tuesday, January 26

Marmalade

Its everywhere. Or maybe I'm just seeing it now? I'm always on the hunt for new recipes something that my 10 year old will eat. A friend told me of this great way to prepare carrots that kids will love. "After you chop you carrots you get your marmalade." What? Nothing wrong with that, but is marmalade really a staple product. Staple, as in something you should just have on hand like flour, sugar, salt and pepper. I'm pretty sure you can walk into most any home in America and find salt and pepper. I bake a lot from scratch so yes, we have flour and sugar at all times, but marmalade? Is that really something you add to your list when you notice your supply is running low? The last time I even remember hearing about marmalade I'm sure the conversation centered around Pattington Bear. Then this morning I learned from PG Wodehouse that its a favorite breakfast item at the Drones Club. But that is Edwardian England, a time to fill your plate with odd things such as cauliflower au gratin, clear soup, and liver pills. I know I have eaten the orange stuff on toast before, but its been ages. I thought the target marmalade audience was old English ladies who take tea every afternoon in their sun room. Are there people out side of the United Kingdom under the age of 80 keeping marmalade on hand as a staple? Apparently there is at least one good old southern boy taken with the stuff. My dad just called and told me his morning biscuits are smothered in it. What else does one use the stuff for? I feel like I have been missing out on something great. There is a whole under world filled with orange preserves, and until now, its just passed me by.

10 comments:

Pete the Brit said...

I'm a marmalade fan - I think I have 2 half jars of it in the fridge right now. I like it on toast as a late night snack, but I've also used it with carrots and and have used it with shrimp and pepper flakes to make a sweet hot glaze. I've even thought of combining it with balsamic vinegar to make a sauce for chicken :)

Teacher's Pet said...

I'm a "suthurn" girl...in the USA, and I love marmalade!
I have never used it with carrots...but I will give it a try. Smiles to you from Jackie

Robin said...

I actually have made orange marmalade. Then later, I used some as a glaze on chicken I was cooking. I love marmalade. Always have. Maybe it is the country Louisiana in me. I agree it is a staple but others don't think so.

Anonymous said...

We're never without marmalade here in Canada!

Anonymous said...

http://teandwheatenbread.blogspot.com/
Another recipe using marmalade.

natural girl said...

My mum( good old English lady not quite 80) always had maramalade in the cupboard and regularly made it - still does in fact and shes 77. She ahs been known to go an a special trip to get the right type of oranges and lemons and othe marmaladey type ingredients. I personally think its vile. One of my sons likes it though. I have to say the glazes sound interesting. still don't think I'll be rushing out to buy any tho.

Anonymous said...

And my grandmother introduced me to this, the greatest thing on earth, toast with marmalade and cheddar cheese.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

My husband loves marmalade. It is always a gift for him at Christmas, birthday and Fathers Day. I reminds him of the rationing during World War 2. when people made sacrifices for the war effort.

Meggie said...

I like Marmalade, & we always have it in the house. I no longer eat toast, but it was a staple for breakfast toast for my mother, & is now, for my husband. It is nice as a glaze on fruit Danish-style pastries I make.

Jo said...

I love, love, love ginger marmalade. I can (and do) eat it by the spoonful...!