Oranges! I've been processing oranges forever - well for a couple of weeks anyway - it just feels like forever. I even dream about oranges at the moment. I bought a few kilos when they were 29 cents a kilo. Then the price dropped to 5 cents a kilo and at that price I just had to buy more. It looks like oranges will be the only fruit we have for the next year, but at least we'll have fruit :)
How do I plan to use all these oranges? Well some are in the bottom of the fridge for us to eat. The rest have either been frozen whole for summer ice blocks, or processed for baking (Whole Orange Cake and marmalade). The peels from the oranges we're eating are being put in vinegar to make citrus cleaner or frozen to make candied orange peel, that I will coat in chocolate, to go into the Christmas hampers. I'm keeping some peels to flavour coffee beans too. No waste in this house!
Microwave Orange MarmaladeIngredients:
Juice of 1 lemon
500g white sugar
Muslin square - about 7cm
Cut the oranges into quarters, and remove pips. Put pips and lemon shells onto muslin square and tie with string to make a bag. Finely slice oranges and put in a 3-litre microwave safe bowl (or bigger if possible to prevent splashes) with the bag, lemon juice and 300 ml boiling water. Cover and soak for 1 hour. Add 200ml boiling water. Microwave on high for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes, until peel is tender. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Microwave on high for 25 minutes until setting point is reached, stirring every 5 minutes. Be careful as the mixture can get very hot. Stand for 15 minutes, then stir and ladle into hot, sterilised jars and seal while still hot.
Note: Do a freezer test after 25 minutes to see if jam will gel, if not cook in one minute bursts until gel sets on a cold saucer.
This week we will be eating:
Sunday: Roast Lamb (this is the last leg of lamb in the freezer, hoping the spring lamb will be on sale very soon!)
Monday: Rissoles, vegetables, gravy
Tuesday: Lamb shanks in gravy, sweet potato mash, broccoli, carrots, peas
Wednesday: Schnitzels, potato bake, carrots, tomato gravy
Thursday: MOO Pizza
Friday: Fish Cakes and salad
Saturday: Muffin Surprise