this is orange marmalade

*Today I was sick and just not feeling so hot - so toast sounded like a good option. Sometimes I forget about toast because it is so simple but when I'm sick and just want some comfort, it's what I crave - which goes to show how truly essential toast is. My daily toast.

*Spread with a newly-opened jar of Blue Chair Orange-Cardamom marmalade. Did you know that for the first 18 years of my life, I would not eat ANY fruit spreads except for orange marmalade? Actually, when I was really young, I refused to eat ALL fruit spreads, but then when I was 12 or 13 or 14 or so, at a hole-in-the-wall breakfast place in Hong Kong where the walls were concrete and the plates were plastic, I had a bite of thick, fluffy white toast with a 1-inch-thick slab of butter, smothered in orange marmalade and served up hot, and I decided then that orange marmalade was delicious.

*During my second summer in Northern Ireland, I stayed at the house of a cheery old woman named Lorraine who kept frozen yorkshire puddings, a large jar of orange marmalade, and a large jar of lemon marmalade in her fridge. In the mornings, when there was no one in the house except for Lorraine's cats and me, I would heat up a yorkshire pudding and eat it with orange marmalade or should I say - eat orange marmalade with a yorkshire pudding?

*Anyhow, this orange-cardamom marmalade is especially tasty because of the added spice and the fact that there are LARGE pieces of rind in it. Also, Blue Chair Jam is local and Rachel Saunders, the founder of Blue Chair, is just a pretty cool woman.


  1. Yorkshire pudding has piqued my curiosity for ages...tell me, what does it taste like?

  2. @HollyMmm...yorkshire pudding. I haven't had one in two years but I recall it as being light and puffy, a bit like a popover, but a bit more doughy and chewy on the inside. A little bit like a Dutch baby and basically really tasty. It's not at all a "pudding" in the American sense of the word.

    Here's a recipe for yorkshire pudding if you're curious:

  3. @Natalie shoot...anything to substitute for the roast drippings, you reckon? (i'm a vegetarian.) it sounds delish, i love starchy things.

  4. My mom always used to serve us jelly on toast when we were sick. This marmalade is definitely a kicked up version! Hope you feel better love!

  5. I used to absolutey love orange marmalade and lemon curd when I was younger.

    Yorkshire puddings with orange marmalade? I have never heard of that! I'm from Yorkshire and only ever ate them for sunday dinner with my family (before I was vegan). I wish I would have known about putting orange marmalade on them, then!