If you like marmalade, and more to the point, making your own, then you'll know it is the season for Sevilles. It's a very short season - a matter of a few weeks in January and early February. Blink and you'll miss it. I love marmalade on toast for breakfast, and there's nothing quite like raiding your own store cupboard for some of the homemade variety.
I am perhaps a bit of a late starter with marmalade. I only started eating it regularly a few years ago, and then started making my own. I haven't bought any since - shop-bought marmalade seems rather too sweet and cloying now. I've tried various recipes, but always come back to the one I used that first time. It's consistently good, even though every batch is different. I often freeze the oranges if I'm short of time, and save the making for another day. You need a few hours set aside for preparing the fruit followed by the actual making, which is enhanced by the fragrant orange scent that wafts through the house.
So my store cupboard is filling up - my very own marmalade stash. A few more batches will see me through to next year, along with the jars I give away (usually as impromptu gifts when visiting friends). Are you a marmalade maker? Or maybe you just like eating it....
Feasts and Festivals, a new food blog written by my friend Liz, has a great post on all things Seville, and much more besides. Do visit!