Marmalade days

“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. Its amazing how it cheers one up to shred orange and scrub the floor.” — D.H. Lawrence —

There is something quite comforting in gathering  together with friends in the kitchen and infusing the day with marmalade making.

Sun-drenched Oranges freshly picked from our Orange grove are sliced and diced into pots of sugar mountains. Outside the rain falls softly misting up the glass windows whilst we chatter the pro’s and con’s of wind turbines on the island. An interesting conversation and a surprise to me having always considered wind turbines preferential to the burning of fossil fuels for energy, the issue it seems is slightly more complicated; the wind farm will benefit whom and what will be the environmental cost to the land itself? If you want our wind… respect our land and our lives! Certainly food for thought.

In the mean time our sugar mountains have melted into a golden syrup. Cinnamon, cloves and arbaroriza (type of geranium) scent the air alongside a freshly home-made and baked spinach and leek pie and well, why not, a dash of brandy for the marmalade, a splash of brandy for the nimble fingered jam makers. 

— Eirini

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