06 September 2015

Cath's Meal Plan 6 -12 September 2015

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 Marmalade

275g oranges
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


  1. Oh yum that marmalade looks delicious Cath.

    As I am still picking oranges, I might have a go at making some marmalade using your recipe. Although I may do it on the stove instead as my last attempt at making jam in the microwave flopped. It was probably me and not the recipe, but I am wary now.

    That's a great menu list. I always like to read what others are having for dinner. I finally sat down and planned a months worth of meals on the weekend. Feels so much better than trying to think of something to cook every night. My freezers are full to overflowing so its time to start using up what is in there. It should be a pretty cheap week this week, I think I will get through without spending a cent ~big smiles...

    Have a lovely week,


    1. I've never made marmalade on the stove Tania! I always do the jam on the stove, but this is the recipe I learned to make marmalade with and truth be told I've just never thought to change it :)

      I'd love a week where I didn't spend any money, I try every week Some weeks I manage to only buy milk and I love that. My freezer is still full, even with the freezer challenge.

      Good luck with the marmalade, I'd love to know how the recipe goes on the stove,



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