No, not the song... the breakfast spread!
It's annual marmalade making time at the Rook's Nest.
The Seville orange harvest is in at the local A&P so off I went. Bitter Sevilles are only available in February, and they make the very best marmalade. And they're very hard to find.
Add a couple of lemons and sweet oranges to the Sevilles, squeeze all the juice out and slice the peel very thin, saving the seeds and the membranes separately. Soak the juice and fruit overnight, adding twice as much water.
Simmer the fruit for 1-1/2 hours to soften the peel, and also boil the seeds and membranes separately to extract the pectin.... Mother Nature's natural gelling agent. Add the seed water to the fruit.
For every cup of fruit mixture, add 1 cup of sugar, and boil like mad for at least 20 minutes, until you feel the consistency get gloopy.
Take the marmalade off the heat and stir for 7 or 8 minutes to cool it slightly and to keep the peel distributed evenly through the mixture, then pour into clean warmed jars and seal.
As you can see, I couldn't resist.... had to sample some on a toasted English muffin for my lunch.