Marmalade Makers

posted by Jessica March 13, 2014 at 11:15 am Baking, Family, Jamming, Profile No comments , , , , ,

sue_foster-9267 sue_foster-9337 sue_foster-9364 sue_foster-9377 It’s not every day you try an award-winning marmalade. Yet, on our latest visit
to see Stanwick WI member Sue Foster at her home in Northampton earlier this
month, we met a trio of true marmalade connoisseurs.
For the past two years, Matthew (12), Christopher (10) and Charlotte Foster
(8) have swept the board at The World Marmalade Festival. The delightful
and intrinsically British celebration of all things citrusy is held in the grand
surrounds of Dalemain House in Cumbria, assessed by a stellar team of WI
Judges and attended by none other than Paddington himself.
Joined by mum, the ‘Jammy Bakers’ took us through the squeezing, slicing,
pithing and boiling up of their winning spread before the all-important taste
test. And there we were – just a day after Christopher’s and Charlotte’s ‘Blushing
Blood orange’ marmalade scooped Gold in the Children’s Category (Matthew’s
preserve came up trumps in 2013), we were tucking into sticky deliciousness
around the Foster family’s kitchen table.
Thick buttered slices of freshly baked bread were slathered in the fruity stuff and
it was tea all round. Christopher, who also won the festival’s literary category
this year with his imaginative tale of ‘Paddington and the Hot n’ Spicy Dragon’
had even whipped up a delicious Marmalade Cake ahead of our arrival. We had
seconds. And thirds. Was it really time to leave already?
As we watched the sharing of culinary skills and the celebration of tiny moments
(Charlotte does a mean orange squeeze!) we felt privileged to be capturing such
treasured family memories. As for our take-home jars of Blushing Blood orange
marmalade? They have a very short shelf life!

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