“Every home should have a marmalade day” – Mrs Brown

paddington bear marmalade

(cross-stitched jam labels for marmalade)

I love how marmalade looks in a jar. Warm and colourful. Like a piece of amber.

paddington poster

This weekend, we had our marmalade day.

preparing oranges for marmaladeMiddle and Youngest loved helping for the first time. Especially when it came to squeezing the oranges and cutting the rinds into thin strips. Yes!

stirring the paddington bear marmalade on AgaWhile the fruit was left to simmer, we had just the right amount of time to watch the Paddington Bear Movie. I’m afraid I didn’t find the book. In reality, I’m not sure we would have had time to read even a chapter. Weekends are so packed. We also fitted in the Big Garden Bird Watch and an afternoon of electronics, as well as all the usual items on the weekend “must-do” list.

Once simmered, sugar added and marmalade boiled, I was left to pot up the marmalade. They did pop back into the kitchen to quality check the test blobs on the saucer, which I used to check for setting. Eldest turned up, just in time, to help clean the preserve pan at the end.

paddington bear marmalade sewing labelsNow they are all potted up .

I like to add a little something to preserves. If they are going to sit in the larder for any amount of time, they need to look good. I need to smile when I spot them. So I cross-stitched a few labels to add to each jar.

I’ll need to think of something smaller for the smallest jar. Needless to say, Youngest insisted on this particular jar being included in the potting up. Sigh. Not the easiest size to pour hot marmalade into, as my jam funnels are both too big. I managed. Somehow.

paddington poster detailToday they went to school with marmalade sandwiches. I think that is a first for us. Maybe I should just add that I tucked the sandwiches into their lunch bag, and not in their hats. Not this time.

Note on film: Youngest pointed out that he didn’t think all the jam jars Paddington consumed on the journey would fit in the bear’s suitcase. Interesting. He seemed unbothered by the fact that the film was about a talking bear that no-one batted an eyelid as he stood on the platform at Paddington Station. With no other bears being shown in London. It was the jam jar mystery that puzzled him.


4 thoughts on ““Every home should have a marmalade day” – Mrs Brown

  • Monday 1 February, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Lovely jars of golden treasure …yummy!

    I love the brutal and single minded logic of children …it tends to either make me really smile or conversely tear out my hair ..lol

    • Monday 1 February, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      It is fascinating. I do enjoy seeing where their thought processes take them.

      Except the one where they seem to be surprised about the start of the day routine. “I need to pack my bag? How novel. And comb my hair? Really teeth cleaning too? When did you dream up this list” I will never fathom that one.

  • Wednesday 3 February, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    It looks lovely, but I am afraid it just doesn’t do it for me! I love other people’s thought processes, especially children’s 🙂

    • Thursday 4 February, 2016 at 11:32 am

      I do love marmalade on toast, but I can quite understnad that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Totally agree with you on other people’s thought processes. Wonderful to watch it growing and changing in the children.

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