I drank alot of coffee this morning.  Got up early, excited to continue my sewing and art projects.  Within an hour or so my husband, cats and dog were making those “feed me” noises, so I went in the kitchen and popped two pieces of oat bread in the toaster, got the marmalade out of the fridge and took up my post at the counter, knife in hand.  As I stood there staring at the toaster, knife poised above the marmalade jar, I dipped it in and licked a bit off the blade.  I couldn’t stop.  Yes, I love it on toast, but slowly, tasting it alone, without butter slathered all over the toast, it exploded with pleasure in my mouth!  Tiny tart bits of orange rind next to soft, sweet pleasure.  Wow – hello Morning!

My parents, history buffs full of curiosity about life,  used to comment on the origins of food.  They liked to praise the benefits of real marmalade by reminding me that sailors on the high seas (I imagine, the English Navy of long ago) used to eat marmalade to keep away scurvy and rickets – the dreaded diseases sailors bereft of fresh foods for months on end were prone to.  I have always liked marmalade and eaten it with relish on my toast, but this is the first time I slowed down like a wine connoisseur and really experienced it.  Try this, if you favor this food at all, and see what you think.

I am now imagining marmalade on philo pastry….light, delicate, not in the way of the purity of the orange within.  My husband waits for his eggs, my dog is staring at me with sad eyes and the cats have gone away.  I just had to share this with you!

About kcthreads

Two years ago I left an administrative government job to live near my relatives in America's "heartland," and to be free to pursue my own and my family's interests and needs! This transition exceeds my dreams of a life near loved ones with time to be creative. My husband and I have found ourselves young at heart again as we explore gifts we had set aside to meet the needs of our workplaces and community. He photographs birds and wildlife daily, and exhibits in local galleries. I design and make handbags and aprons that I sell through my Etsy shop and by word of mouth. After 30 plus years, I am finally studying art again, taking classes in watercolor and pastels from a nationally acclaimed artist! During the years I promoted youth development and family programming in my community and state, I have been compelled to find ways to support American made crafts and products. This recession has encouraged me to promote and support the efforts of local artisans and craftspeople, in the belief that a renewal of hands-on entrepreneurial-ism can make our community and our nation stronger. When we purchased this '30's bungalow three years ago, we didn't realize there was a farmers market within walking distance and an artists cooperative gallery even closer! I am an advocate of using and re-using products that have been designed and crafted with care, and strive to live responsibly and creatively. Another indulgent pursuit of mine is re-learning how to cook - after a lifetime of taking shortcuts due to long work hours and ease of take home food. My inspiration and tutorials are mostly from Jamie Oliver and Julia Child! After a year of experimentation and joyful homemade cuisine, I am inspired to share the crazy fun of cooking and dining with more than family and friends. As I cook, and watercolor and sew I find inspiration everywhere in the present...and the past. I was blessed with a Mom who was home with my brother and I, and who joyfully cooked and sewed and imagined the possibilities in life each day with us. My offerings in this blog will include some of her inspiration. Life is good!
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3 Responses to Marmalade

  1. Recipe Chefs says:

    I love food, and I really enjoy reading your blog very much thank you for sharing this post. Feel free to check out our recipes

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  2. sandy says:

    What a cute refreshing post Loved it

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