Monday, December 10, 2012

Seville Orange Marmalade

Orange marmalade is one of the easiest jam-like treats to make if you have seville oranges.   These rather ugly oranges are not grown in the U.S. and are rarely used for anything other than the making of marmalade even in the Mediterranean areas where they are grown.  But for the very best marmalade one must have them.  Harley's Ma Made is the only source I know of and I ordered this can from Amazon.  I think they are also available from Williams-Sonoma. 

You'll need sugar, of course, and a copper jam pot carried out of Budapest after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 by a dear friend.  If you don't have such a pot, please substitute a heavy, 6 quart sauce pan.  

First, about the pot:  Soon after we moved here (25 years ago), I signed up for a tea class at a local gourmet shop.  Judith G. was the instructor.  We hit it off right away and became good friends.  Judith left Hungary right after the revolution in the mid-1950s.  She eventually ended up in Washington D.C..  She became good friends with Eric Sevareid and his wife, Henry and Nancy Kissinger and Roberta Flack (whom she met in a local bar--interesting since Judith did not drink alcohol so I suppose it was kismet).  She regaled us with stories of her life in Hungary.  Judith spent time as a political prisoner by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time (from the age of 20 to the age of 24).  She was kept with three other young women.  Since they weren't allowed books, they gave each other "book reviews" of what they had read previous to their imprisonment.  One young woman was a classically trained ballerina.  She taught the others the art of the dance.  Judith's mother had been an opera singer and Judith shared her knowledge of singing.  While they passed those long years together, Judith's parents did not know if she was dead or alive even though she was imprisoned in her home town of Budapest.  Each visit with her was so very interesting and, at times, heartbreaking!  Her husband, Frank, was a landscape architect.  He accepted a position in Chicago to head up five of the large cemeteries as their designer and they moved here from D.C..  My dear friend passed away in December 2002 and I miss her still.  She was a strong and interesting woman.  Both she and her husband were excellent cooks and we shared many meals together.  I learned so much from her!!

The recipe for the marmalade is on the can.

It must be stirred constantly until it comes to a boil.

It's then ready to ladle into pretty jars.

I've never had it fail!