Monday, May 21, 2012

The Citron Jelly.


Use the yellow outer skin to make Marmalade and the inner fruit for the Jelly.
Squeeze out the juice and strain. Cut up and boil; 3 cups water for one cup of fruit pieces.
Boil until pieces are soft. Strain the above plus the juice squeezed from the fruit through muslin cloth
Bring to boil again. Add equivalent weight of sugar to weight of liquid.
Boil until it has a jelly like consistency when you cool a little on a cold plate.
In the recipe they suggest putting blotting paper soaked in Brandy or a thin layer of hot wax over the top of the jelly before you close the bottles.

It was fun to make the jelly, but I shall not be doing it regularly!
I have a new admiration for my late grandmother; her pantry was always full of bottles with delicious Jams and Preserves. What a job!

Thursday, May 17, 2012



The Peas and the Broad Beans are getting taller. Rather than putting more pegs in the ground, string tied to the trellis helps as a “creeping guides” with a weight/stone hanging next to each little plant.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Delicious Monster

Delicious Monster in our Garden


                                                                                               The Flowers are so Beautiful!
We have never eaten the fruit.
I read on the Food Blog that one should wait for the hexagonal scales to fall off before you can eat it.
(The unripe fruit is very high in oxalic acid) 
There are several flowers. I cannot wait to taste the fruit. 

Meanwhile we are now eating salad, regularly, from the vegetable garden.

~ Tonight we are having - Lettuce, Pak Choi, Chinese Mustard, Swiss Chard, Fennel, Pansy ~

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Citron Tree

Many years ago, on the farm where I grew up, my grandmother had a Citron Tree.

She used to make Marmalade with a mix of Citrus fruit, but I was too small to know if the Citroen was included.

I have not seen a Citron Tree since then; until we moved to
de Klippen Valleij.

Our tree is currently full of beautiful fruit; inedible, it is sour/bitter and also dry with very little juice.

I “Googled” for recipes, see this site for Etrog (Esrog) Jam / Marmalade.

More interesting to me is an old recipe book of my Grandmother’s - brought out by Pyrex. The printed dialect is very old – a mix of Afrikaans and Dutch.

One recipe for “Sitroën Jellie”; the writer claims that it is “the most beautiful of all citrus jellies, because it is as clear as water”.
I’ll record my attempt to make the Jelly
and post it on here if it is a success.

If you have a recipe for something we could make
with the Citron please let us know.
There are lots of
"perfect tarte au citron" recipes
on the internet but are made with lemon.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What a difference a week makes!

It is our first winter here. This region has a dry, hot summer/winter rainfall. The weather has been mild until 4 or 5 days ago; now it is raining and cold. We are used to cold, dry winters with frost, even black frost; I decided to use as a guide, the “Gardenate” planting lists for “South Africa – Dry Summer Sub-tropical”. 

The Camomile is flowering.

Rows of tiny little plants popping up.
Radish - left and Basil - right


the fresh green salad   


Broad Bean - Left and First Chilli - Right