Time for Toast & Marmalade

by Margaret McAvoy

It’s that time again.  If you, like we, are keen on proper marmalade, then you may be interested in the upcoming 7th World’s Original Marmalade Awards™.  Held February 25th and 26th at Dalemain House in Cumbria.  Worthy of a future post unto itself, Dalemain House dates to the reign of Henry II, with subsequent additions throughout the 14th, 16th, and 18th centuries.  A detailed history is available for further reading here.  But, of more immediate concern, is the fact that it is host to the annual Marmalade Awards.  All entrants, international as well, are encouraged to submit their best work, and the staggering variety of categories assures everyone a fair footing in the judging.  Novice, Heritage (recipes handed down through generations), Children’s recipes, Dark & Chunky are just a few and, of course, the Grande Dame of marmalades, Seville Orange.  And why is the competition held in January, you may wonder?  Because it is when Seville oranges are readily available.

And, no less than Paddington Bear himself is a sponsor, so you may want to enlist the help of your resident young marmalade enthusiast and don those aprons!  And when all of the cooking’s finally done, remember…

Oh, gosh, but I think I hear the kettle!….

Image of vintage advertising poster, Chivers & Sons Marmalade, 1926, kindly via Vintage Advertising Prints, and available for purchase.

Image of recipe, Recipe Book of Elizabeth Rainbow, 1680s, Collection of Dalemain House, kindly via The World’s Original Marmalade Awards.

Image of tea towel, Black Toast Collection, kindly via Emma Bridgewater, and available for purchase.