Most years I try to do a bit of preserving and baking in preparation for the festive season. A little collection of home made foodstuffs presented in nice jars collected over the year or on nice plates (that this year I will find at the op shop) make such a lovely gift I think. I love getting these kinds of things from friends and family, and equally I love to give them. They also make for a budget friendly gift and one that you can quickly whip together from ones in the store cupboard for those times when you unexpectedly need a present.
Soon it will be time to make up the mince pies (having made the mince a while ago), but until then I have been marmalade making. I had been buying oranges when Aussie Farmers were promoting them to support Australian citrus growers, but had struggled to find the time to get the marmalade made. Thankfully a recent visit from my Mum meant that between the two of us we managed to get it done.
I used the The Presbyterian Missionary Women’s Union Cookbook recipe which Hazel posted on her blog some time ago. I ended up with 8 jars (of all shapes and sizes) of beautiful bright orange marmalade that tastes wonderful – of course I had to do a jar or two for me. Hazel suggested having it on toast with mascarpone which sounds divine and something I will have to try myself.