Although it’s National Mamalade Week, this zesty preserve isn’t just for toast. Tolani shares her top ten tasty tips for taking marmalade away from the breakfast table and making into a star of other meals.
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I can always remember marmalade being an essential ingredient in my house growing up. It was my mums’ favourite spread and she was adamant that it became ours too, which had her spreading dollops onto our toast or into our porridge bowls right before school. So it was with great sorrow this year that I read it no longer ranks amongst the nation’s favourites, owing its decline to modern spreads such as Marmite, peanut butter or hazelnut chocolate spread; Paddington bear would surely not be pleased.
A fad I say, as no other holds as much history or confidence of variations, practically any ingredient can be made into marmalade; onions, citrus fruits, prunes, cherries, apricots, pears, the list is just endless and the best truly is homemade which allows as much creative license as you could imagine.
With Marmalade Week (2nd – 9th March), we wanted to bring you our Top 10 tips on how to include marmalade into your much loved recipes during the festivities, not only to take it out of the breakfast arena but to prove its yummy goodness and reign as champion.
Why not try this quick and easy recipe by Adam Gray, which uses onion marmalade? You can swap the turkey if you want for another meat or simply leave it out all together
2. In omelettes:
Add a twist by including a spoonful of orange marmalade and bit of zest from an orange into your mixture
3. Marmalade and Whisky punch
To serve four friends: start by mixing 2 large spoonful’s of orange marmalade, the juice of two small lemons and four glasses of gin into a shaker. Shake well and serve into glasses, finish with a squeeze of an orange rind.
Or how about this fantastic dessert by Frances Atkins that’s sure to leave your guests smiling.
5. Marmalade Tofu:
As a glaze over tofu, combine 3 ½ table spoons of marmalade with ½ a table spoon each of chilli flakes, black pepper, ginger and fresh lemon juice with a dash of soy sauce. Spread liberally over your pieces of tofu and bake at 400 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway so that they cook evenly.
6. As a glaze:
Derbyshire Marmalade Tea Loaf by Claire Sutton
I recommend carrot or banana cake, just pop half a cup of marmalade into the microwave first for optimum results. You can also add three tablespoons to a loaf mixture to jazz up a much loved bread recipe.
For meats, try this recipe for a spicy chilli sauce. The recipe can be substituted with any meat cut so use it as much as you like. Mix together half a cup of sweet orange marmalade a spoon of chilli sauce with 25ml of orange juice and a dash of chilli flakes for extra spice. Pour over your selected meat and place into the oven for approximately 50 minutes. Once ready serve with a side of your choice for a sticky yet yummy meal.
8. Jaffa Cakes
Everyone loves a Jaffa cake, and with Marcus Wareing’s flavoursome recipe you can create your own unlimited batch involving a touch of marmalade garnish and ground almonds in the mix.
8. In savoury soups like Butternut squash
Before bringing the pieces of squash to boil, first bake in a marinade of butter, marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg for 10 minutes to truly bring some extra taste to this winter warmer.
9. In a breakfast smoothie:
Put a spoon of marmalade, a banana, ice and some almond milk into a food processor and blend until smooth for a tasty yet healthy start to the day.
10. One dish wonder
Bring to boil a pot of rice and season with ground almonds and 2 equal tablespoons of ginger, garlic and black pepper with salt to taste. 10 minutes before the rice has cooked, add a spoon of marmalade with a spoon of lemon zest. Add a serving of king prawns, peas and sweet corn and leave till the prawns are cooked.
And lastly one more for good luck, a recipe from Vivien Lloyd on how to make your own homemade marmalade:
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Have you ever tried making your own marmalade and what are your tips? Let us know which other recipes you have used marmalade in?