Yes, I know I promised that I would blog about bread - and I have (in a way) - by posting Aunty O'Valerie's Irish Soda Bread recipe as the Recipe of the Month. Which is soooo totally appropriate for March - yes?
Agreed, then. BUT. Just one thing.
Before we get to blogging about bread there is a foundation that needs to be put in place.
Last week, I attended a marmalade-making class. Seriously. Can you imagine my happiness when I received a flyer from the local Community Kitchens coordinator (none other than my dear friend, Cie, she of previous blog posts about brunch) promoting local preserving workshops? What luck!
Cie, along with the amazing Kathy Marven (a marvel) of de la Bouche Specialty Foods have teamed up to offer three canning workshops this spring: Marmalade, Winter Chutnies, and Spring Jams. My oh my. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway) I'm signed up for all three. Apron and camera in tow.
The class was one of the best things I've done all year. Cie and Kathy talked about the history of marmalade and the Seville orange trade - (Sevilles in season now, btw) and then Kathy demonstrated the method and technique of making a sparklingly beautiful Pink Grapefruit Marmalade.
We finished with the Great Marmalade Taste-Off. We compared the evening's batch with two or three of Kathy's other specialties and a couple of store-bought brands. Hands-down winner? You guessed it.
And we each went home, fully contented, with our own jar. A perfect pink cure for the winter blues.
Next up? Toast and jam. In my jammies.
To find out more about Community Kitchens, click on the link.
de la Bouche Specialty Foods can be found at the Haney Farmer's Market (May-October) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Seville Oranges are VERY SOUR.|