Mmm Mmm Lady Marmalade
Our friend Kirsty is the one and only Lady Marmalade, no matter who Patti Labelle was really singing her catchy tune about. She brought us the marmalade you see before you, and we fell madly in love. With the marmalade, that is, although Kirsty’s very nice too. It’s made from Seville oranges, caramelized to an incredible richness, and to prevent us from raiding her pantry and holding her hostage she gave me the recipe.
It takes a full two days to make, but I loved every minute of it. I’ve never had my hands on a Seville orange before, and they’re a treat. Sour as a lemon, but orangey as an orange.
They make their way from Spain into the rest of Europe, although I’ve read that the largest part of the crop goes directly to England, home of Lord, Lady, and other assorted Marmalade Royalty folks. The season is short, and so is life, so as soon as I got my hands on some I set out to make the delectable délice. Sorry, I can’t resist bilingual redundancy any more than I can resist the marmalade itself. And I’m proud to report that my confiture d’oranges amères succeeded brilliantly.
We had a lot of terra cotta yogurt pots that I can never bring myself to throw away when the yogurt’s gone, and now they’re all filled with what I imagine will soon make me Lady Marmalade la Deuxième to a number of people upon whom I plan to bestow this marvel.
Honestly, the stuff is edible art. I’m planning to make another big batch this week, so we can wallow in its glory.
In the meantime, we’re keeping our precious store under guard night and day. Although unless you’re coming to visit I’m afraid that I won’t be able to offer you any of mine, if you have 3 pounds of Seville oranges and two free days, with the cute yogurt pots being optional, let me know and I’ll tell you how its made.
And if you start hearing “voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir” on an endless loop inside your head, don’t blame me. Honest, it’s all about the marmalade.
p.s. You do know the song, right? My musician husband said “Huh?” and swore he’d missed the entire sensation.
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