Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Heaven, I'm In Heaven



This box of citrus delights greeted me at the post office yesterday. Thanks to my Pop for mailing me the hefty package and thanks to my step-mom, Gail, for doing the picking. I usually pilfer with permission a whole mess of kumquats from my dad's neighbor's tree (got that?) in Florida when I visit during the holidays. I didn't make it down this year, though, and dad and Gail very, very generously complied with my request to send me some in exchange for a jar of something. That something, I've decided, will be kumquat marmalade, the recipe for which will also be featured in my book on Canning and Preserving, (shameless publicity alert!) due out in print March 2010. Last year, I candied the kumquats I picked off and topped a ricotta cheesecake with them. Delish!

P.S. My new favorite thing is/are the Groovaloos! Amazing! 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never had a kamquat. How much different from an orange I wonder! Love the pictures! MOM

ashley english said...

Mom, they taste like a sour orange. Not really sweet, and sometimes too sour (i spit those out!). They're about the size of a large grape. You eat the whole thing, peel and all. They're really good for you, plus I think they're delicious!

Emily said...

Are they in season this late in Jnauary? Must be because they look very yummy! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Holy box of citrus, batman

nicole said...

what else other than preserves / jams can one do with them?

ashley english said...

nicole-you can eat them right off the tree, for starters. you can also candy them, topping ice cream, yogurt, and cakes with them. you could also pan saute them and use as a topping for pancakes, waffles, or, add a savory herb and use them as a topping for poached fish. you could also puree some and add with seltzer or sparkling wine for a refreshing cocktail/spritzer.