I had intended to work more on Autumn Splendor today – getting the leaves hashed out and starting work on the sleeve linings – but got sidetracked into kitchen projects instead. Â I have, as you know, been candying various citrus peels (Seville orange, Meyer lemon, and bergamot to be exact) over the last several weeks, and they were finally ready to go into jars. Â At the same time, I had been planning to make lemon marmalade for several weeks, from the bounty of our young Meyer lemon tree. Â It has been generously festooned for some months now with lots of little lemons about two inches long by one inch across. Â Not ideal for juicing, but perfect for marmalade! since small fruits have a higher ratio of peel to pulp.
So I decided to harvest most of the lemons and make marmalade, in addition to putting the candied citrus into jars. Â I figured it would take me a couple of hours to chop up, boil and can everything…
…six hours later, I now have twenty-seven pint Â jars full of citrus! Â Six each of candied Seville orange peel and Meyer lemon peel, four of candied bergamot peel, and eleven(!) of Meyer lemon marmalade. Â Â That is almost a gallon and a half of marmalade. Â I’m not sure what I’m going to do with that much marmalade – give the excess to friends and family, I imagine – but it is delicious.
(My favorite culinary trick: mix Meyer lemon marmalade with some soy sauce and use as a sauce over duck. Â Sounds really bizarre, but it works – the lemon marmalade is tarter and bitterer than the traditional orange sauce, which cuts the sweetness dramatically. Â And of course the Meyer lemon is a cross between an orange and a lemon, so has a wonderful tart fruitiness.)
And now I’m thoroughly exhausted. Â We had a wonderful time at La Fondue last night, but we didn’t get home until nearly midnight, which is three hours after my usual bedtime. Â And unfortunately, I wake up at the same hour every morning regardless of when I went to bed the night before…so I got very little sleep. Â Time to go crash! Â Tomorrow I will work more on the sleeve linings.