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Sunshine in a bottle – something different…

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I’m slightly freaked out.

My laptop died.

So, there I was 2 days ago, writing this whole piece of history as promised to you guys, and I couldn’t get to my pictures. And every time I think of something I want to write, I remember that I cannot get to my ‘old’ photographs.

Therefor, I had to take some new pictures.

About a week ago, my SO’s* mother sent us a HUGE bag of kumquats. Her tree bore abundant fruit this year, and since she doesn’t like these pretty little fruits, she sent them to us. Problem is, I also don’t like to eat them. And since there are only 2 people at a time in the house that do eat kumquats, the majority of those fruits were probably going to go to waste.

I decided that it will be a dreadful waste, so I got onto the internet, found a recipe for kumquat marmalade, and I got going. Marmalade is another thing I don’t really enjoy, but at least then we can give a bottle or two of marmalade to someone that does enjoy it, and the fruit doesn’t end up on our compost heap.



It is extremely time consuming. To get the pith out, and the pips, and then to cut it up finely, took me a couple of hours, and I only did one kilogram! I didn’t want to do too much, in case it didn’t work out. (I’ve never made jam before.)


Cleaned and cut!


After all that, adding the rest of the ingredients is as easy as pie, but then you have to watch it like a hawk so it doesn’t overcook and become a sticky inedible mess!! πŸ™‚

And then, the best part, is spooning it into the prepared bottles!!! And tasting it, of course! And in the end, I was really pleased with the result. It is far from perfect, I’m sure, but it tastes good and doesn’t look too bad.

I couldn’t quite get the pictures the way I wanted, but at least you’ll get the idea!


Sunshine, bottled, with clove! πŸ™‚



And the taste test…

Seed loaf, real butter and kumquat marmalade!!


Apparently, the computer guy will be able to retrieve the stuff on my pc, so all I need to do is get new one… 😦 Β Or just buy an external hard drive to put everything on, and then I could, for the moment, use my darling, patient SO’s laptop, until my finances look a bit better.

Until next time then, cheers! πŸ™‚