When its gloomy and cold outside, a lovely way to spend an afternoon is in the warm kitchen, listening to the radio or whatever takes your fancy, mooching around with the delicious smell of marmalade emanating from the stove. I only ever make marmalade at this time of the year, the Seville oranges now available in the shops make the most wonderful preserve, their natural, stringent bitterness producing a fabulously flavoured marmalade.

Don’t do what I have done on quite a few occasions which is have the mañana approach, only to find the very short season has passed you by and you will have to wait another long year to spread some of the real macoy on your hot buttered toast in the morning.

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Marmalade by Lindsey Dickson