Cumquat and Lime Marmalade- Adults Only

I am an adult and I like marmalade.

I am an adult and I also like dark chocolate and espresso coffee.

I am an adult and can stay up late at night, (I can… but, I dont.)

I am an adult and I can say no thanks to steamed fresh beetroot, purple cabbage and offal…and I like that I can say no.

I every time I take a bit of this delicious marmalade, it screams to me I am an adult. Why? As The Monkeys don’t like it and it’s all for me.

Me, me, me.

Last time my dad came to visit, he brought a bag full of fresh cumquats. This was a fruit that I hadn’t tried before but knew it was frequently used in marmalades. Did a little reading, researching and then tasting (souRRR!) There wasn’t enough to do only cumquat marmalade but lucky for me my dad had also brought a whole lot of huge limes from his tree. So Cumquat and Lime it was.

Finely slicing up all the fruit and reserving all seeds from the cumquats. Seeds were soaked in 1 cup of water overnight and sliced fruit covered in water and also soaked over night. The next day looking at my little bowl of seeds and water I was absolutely thrilled to see all the pectin had oozed out. A clear gelatinous little bowl full that gets cooked up in the marmalade, (ditching the seeds of course.) Sugar added. Cook it up and ready when a small saucer has been placed in the freezer, and a spoonful of the marmalade sets when placed on the cold saucer.

Result, one adults only marmalade. (Although its kind of worth it to get the kids to try it, just to watch their faces screw up…or is that the evil me?)


14 thoughts on “Cumquat and Lime Marmalade- Adults Only

  1. What a wonderful gift- fruit from your father’s tree- turned into a special adult delight! My DIL has a little song she sings when her family doesn’t like a specific delicacy. “none for you- means ALL for me!”


  2. Good for you you you. I can only imagine what it tastes like as have never had cumquats, but it looks good on the spoon and tastes good in my head. And fancy have a dad bringing bags of limes from his lime tree – how wonderful is that.


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  4. Really. The cumquat was sour. The ones on our tree must be a different variety. I can eat them straight from the tree and they are surprisingly good. Not sour at all. I used to frequently make a cumquat marmalade every winter till the fruit began to go funny. It’s been full of grubs for the last two years. Such a shame. Never thought to put lime with it.


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