Its a bit of a family "thing" - liking and making marmalade. Except for my sister who's not keen. Which seems downright unBritish, as well as genetically nonconformist.
It is a funny time of year to be making marmalade, distinctly unseasonal - it should be strawberry jam really this time of year, but we're not great jam eaters. Seville oranges are briefly in season in January/February, but when my order arrived I was too busy to contemplate a day of kitchen stickiness, so they went straight into the freezer.
And there they have remained.....
There are some who prefer their marmalade without peel.
But that, of course, is rather like having steak and kidney pie without the kidney; eel pie without the liquor; toad in the hole without the hole; bubble and squeak without the squeak; dripping without bits. Downright unBritish and not to be countenanced.
Despite that, I did pot one jar almost shredlessly for a special friend
So thats my unseasonal activity.
I hope soon to be engaged in the highly seasonal activity of making elderberry syrup.
Yesterday dad and I took a walk around the local park where I usually pick the berries but I was very distressed to see that a lot of the elder has been pruned back hard and has no fruit at all. Some ripe berries had already been eaten by the birds, and there are just a couple of more shady areas with some fruit, which is still very unripe .....
so, I will be monitoring closely over the next week or two and hoping to out-manouvre the birds in competition for the few berries still to come.
A whole winter without elderberry syrup is also not to be countenanced.