Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Oh what a beautiful morning............

..oh what a beautiful day! Makes you want to sing :0) Absolutely lovely here. Sky was strange last night - covered in separate fluffy clouds, with the moon peeping through; tried to take a picture but it didn't work. Glad I saw it though. Not sure what's on the agenda today, but I need to get the grapefruit and ginger amrmalade finished and the lemon curd sealed, bacon sliced (still not done), might make some biscuits, bit of gardening, washing, the usual. I really need to get the curtains on the go for the kitchen too, which I talked about last week, but enver got round to. Maybe I'll get spurred on at the sight of the rather gorgeous chicken fabric!!

Grapefruit and ginger marmalade

3 large thin-skinned grapefruit - ruby ones are nice, for the colour

3 lemons

5lbs sugar

piece of root ginger

6oz crystalised ginger, chopped

6 pints water

Wash fruit and cut in half; using a grapefruit knife, remove all flesh and juice and put into preserving pan. Tie the pips in a muslin bag with the lemon skins and root ginger piece; cut the grapefruit skins into fine, short lengths and add to the pan with the water. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or so until the peel is very soft and the contents of the pan reduced by about half. Remove the muslin bag, squeezing it well, stir in the warmed sugar, then the chopped crystalised ginger, then boil rapidly to a set. Leave to cool a while, then stir to distribute the peel and ginger, then pot and seal.

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