Here at the Buckingham Lodge we are always looking for ways to improve our guest's experience whilst staying inTorquay whether its offering a breakfast to suit particular dietary requirements, picking up a guest from the railway station or just providing a welcome cup of tea on arrival. Its the little things. So this week I decided to make some homemade marmalade to serve with our scrummy breakfasts, something I had never attempted before. The recipe was simple enough, the most difficult part was sourcing some Seville oranges which are only available during January and are ideal for making marmalade due to their high pectin level, which is a must if you want the marmalade to set!

The process is very simple and ingredients are minimal, as mentioned before you need oranges, lemons, sugar and water but the traditional process is quite labour intensive. Having squeezed 3kg of oranges I then needed to cut the orange peel very thinly by hand which took forever, I did attempt using the magimix but was not very successful ending up with chunky bits which was not the objective. Then the liquid has to boil for 2 hours before it can be decanted into sterilised jars. As I say, not a fast process and one that is quite sticky but a thoroughly enjoyable and productive afternoon. Go on give it a try!

So when guests next come, there will be home-made marmalade on the table....... just need to get to grips with the breadmaker now.