February 19, 2016
Today we'll have some marmalade, though.
I think I've mentioned that we're having this crazy citrus thing going on in our house lately. I've made two lemon cakes, we've been eating every kind of orange there is, we've been putting lemon curd on biscuits, and we eat one jar of marmalade a week, I think.
Note: 'Totes' - where did that word spring from? Did bloggers invent it? I used to revel in my utter disdain for anyone/anyplace/any written or spoken form of communication that used the word 'totes', and I would only mention it to laugh heartily at it. And then......it just insidiously crept in like a snake, that word 'totes' - and now I no longer just use the word ironically. I USE IT ALL THE TIME. I CAN'T STOP SAYING IT.
Anyway, I sadly showed Andrew the jar and was all, 'Did you really eat all the marmalade again?' And breakfast was in ruins. I might as well as have fed my egg to Nomi and pulled out a container of yogurt.
I like to use jam in terms of vertical height. As in, you can measure how tall it is on the bread. I don't smear it on, I heap it on. I like jam a lot. I used to sneer at my mother when I was younger and we lived in the same house -- I'd be all, is there even any bread underneath all that jam?? I thought it was gross the way she would pile on so much jam. And now I do it.
But basically I didn't think the two big spoonfuls of marmalade that were left in the jar were going to cut it, and Andrew laughed at me and said there was more than enough jam for the both of us, and I was like, no there isn't, and he was like, yes there is, you're crazy (maybe he was more polite about it, but basically he was indicating that I had some kind of jam problem, which I do).
What's funny is that I've hated marmalade for most of my life. I thought it was too sour, which is funny because I now prefer my jams on the less sweet, more tart side. I really only started liking it in the past year or so, and and now I can't get enough.
Do you like marmalade? Do you fight with your partners over jam? Do you have a jam problem like me? Do you heap or do you smear? Do you make your own? That's awesome if you do. Someone who loves jam as much as I do should really learn about canning, but what's holding me up is jar sterilization fear - I'm worried I won't do it correctly and that I'll poison everyone.....