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Sunday Sundries: Traditional Seville Orange Marmalade

seville oranges

I am starting something new on my blog this week. As I not only like to shop for food, cook, bake and serve family and friends delicious treats, I also like to read about food. So this week, I’m starting my Sunday Sundries post. Every two weeks I will post a list of websites all focused on one topic. This week’s topic is Traditional Seville Orange Marmalade, made with the ever bitter, seville oranges.

If you love marmalade, read on.


An easy to read history of marmalade + a recipe – great article about the legends surrounding marmalade, wonderful photos and a super easy recipe if you would like to make your own marmalade

Will this delicious preserve persevere lots to read here on the history of marmalade, a marmalade festival and how marmalade sales are dwindling.

The History of Marmalade – lots of detail here for the true marmalade enthusiast

Did you know that Sir Edmund Hillary took a jar of marmalade up Everest in 1953….and other cool facts about marmalade

If you love gin and you love marmalade – you’re going to love this!

20 very cool facts about…can you guess?

A traditional Seville Orange and Lemon Marmalade Recipe – so delicious on a winter morning







Autumn Orange Port Cranberry Sauce Recipe

orange port cranberry sauce

Thanksgiving is almost here! Yay! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite family dinners. I like it because it’s just about getting together with family and friends and enjoying all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables. No gifts, no cards, nothing commercial involved at all. We usually go for a nice long walk in the woods in the afternoon, followed by a lovely dinner of turkey, stuffing, brussel sprouts all served with my Autumn Orange Port Cranberry Sauce.

orange port cranberry sauce

For me, cranberries are ubiquitous with fall. These ruby red berries, while incredibly tart on their own, absorb sweetness and flavour like no other fruit. In this Autumn Orange Port Cranberry Sauce I have added port, orange and lemon zest and juice as well as ginger. It is sweet, tangy and smooth all in one spoonful.

Cranberry sauce is fun to make because it pairs well with so many flavours. Many sweeteners work really well with cranberries such as maple syrup, honey, brown sugar or even white sugar. You could also use a combination of any of those. Add to that another layer of flavor with orange, lemon or baking spices such as allspice, nutmeg or ginger and you’ve got a sauce with flavours that just pop!  I also love to add port to my cranberry sauce to balance the flavours.

orange port cranberry sauce

Here are a few fun facts about cranberries.

Cranberries grow in Ontario. These berries grow on dry land on low trailing perennial vines in bogs. The bogs are flooded in the fall just before harvest. In October a harvester is driven through the bog and knocks, or combs the berries off the vines which then float to top.  Farmers wade in to coral the berries to an elevator which sucks them up into a truck. I think that is pretty cool!

I love cranberries! And if you do too, here is a great place to visit to learn more and possibility get the best photo op ever!


  • 1 pack cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 cups cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup port
  • 1 orange (grated and juiced)
  • 1/2 lemon (grated and juiced)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated



Place all ingredients in a medium sized pot.


Bring to a boil.


Simmer for about 10-15 minutes.


Serve hot, or room temperature.


Makes about 3 cups.