Why the eggs are on the roof

When I was ten, my mum’s best friend Sally told me that if I threw an egg onto the roof of our house and it landed per­fectly, it would nev­er break. I loved that story. It’s true that some eggs soared right over the top and landed in a mangled mess in the grass on the oth­er side. But count­less more van­ished into the wedge-shaped crevice between the two gables. I’m sure they nev­er broke.

Sally taught me that the only way to be sure that spa­ghetti is per­fectly cooked is to throw a strand against the wall. When it sticks to the plaster, it’s ready to eat. Eggs on the roof, spa­ghetti on the walls, pic­nics in the rain, hot saus­ages in the snow, plum and chilli jelly made with fruit left in a car­ri­er bag on the front step by a friend. This is the food that always makes me happy and some­times makes me laugh…

Seville orange marmalade

Pre­serves aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. I have a cup­board full of brown, sludgy tomato chut­ney, which looks so repuls­ive I can’t even face tip­ping it into the bin. I knew it was a dis­aster from the begin­ning. The kit­chen was thick with the astrin­gent stench of vin­eg­ar, a smell that clears a blocked nose quick­er than a nas­al inhaler. As I stirred the seeth­ing beige brew, even my dog sat dis­ap­prov­ingly out­side the door. But Seville orange marmalade. Now that’s a whole new story.

Seville oranges aren’t around for long. At a pinch, you can freeze them whole until the marmalade-mak­ing urge strikes. The main thing is to get your hands on some while you can. This recipe makes four half litre jars. I always make double, but it’s nev­er enough.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 kg Seville oranges
  • 2 unwaxed lem­ons
  • 2.25 kg gran­u­lated sug­ar
  • muslin
  • ster­il­ised jars

Cut the oranges in half. Save the pips and squeeze out the juice. Remove the pith and flesh and put both in a large square of muslin along with the pips. Tie a large knot in the muslin and plonk the bundle into the pre­serving pan. Cut the skin into the strips the size you like to eat. I think scis­sors are the easi­est way to do it. Tip the orange and lem­on peel into the pan with 4 pints of cold water, the juice and the muslin bag. Boil and then sim­mer without a lid for 2 hours.

Take out the muslin bundle and squeeze the juice from it into the pan. Put the bag back in. Add 1lb of sug­ar for every pint of liquid you have left (you should have around 3 pints) and then stir for fif­teen minutes on a low heat until the sug­ar has dis­solved. Boil the mix­ture rap­idly for about 45 minutes. After 20 minutes, start test­ing the mix­ture by pla­cing a tea­spoon on a cold sau­cer and push­ing at it with your fin­ger. When it wrinkles, take it off the heat and leave it to stand for 10 minutes.

Tip the marmalade into warm, ster­il­ised jars and cov­er the tops with waxed discs. Close the lids when the marmalade is cool. Then wrestle with your con­science and see if you can bear to give any away. I rarely do.


If You are con­cerned in pur­chas­ing medic­a­ments online, now may be the when to do so. So the next ques­tion is where can you find info that is reli­able. You can get such inform­a­tion fast and con­veni­ently by going online. There are many ill­nesses such as schizo­phrenia which have no cure. One of the most pop­u­lar phys­ic is Via­gra. What about com­par­is­on between Cial­is versus Levitra and ? Nearly either adult knows about . Oth­er ques­tion we have to is . The symp­toms of sexu­al dis­orders in men turn on lack of sexu­al fantas­ies. Not­with­stand­ing sex is not vital for good health, it’s cer­tainly good for any­one. So if you are exper­i­en­cing erectile prob­lems, it is essen­tial to see a cer­ti­fied doc­tor forth­with for a com­plete medi­cin­al test­ing. Cer­tainly, online phar­macy can hands-down help you for solv­ing your all per­son­al dif­fi­culties.