It´s Raining in Spain
Not just a little bit, it pours down from the sky.We are happy, rain in April is necessary, to fill the lakes, and put some snow on the Sierra Nevada again. So that coming summer, we wont run out of water. ¨Abril Aqua Mille¨, is the saying they have in Andalusia. Well it didn’t rain a lot this month, so keep falling down, clear big drops of live.
Our small vegetable garden, smiles vibrant, when I take it´s picture. Grow little baby plants. Little Peas, Spinach, Rocket, Chicory, etc.
but inside the house it feels dark and gloomy. The boys, mine and the workawayer are gaming.
My husband is doing some homeschooling for work.
So I will climb, into my blog, to share something amazing.
We just had big glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice, it lightened up the room. You taste the sun, feel the energy, from those bright orange Sevillian Oranges.
I hate throwing away food, and this might be exaggerating, but I got the idea, of using the whole orange. The leftovers from the orange juice. And turning those trow-away-leftover- products, into something special. What a satisfying way to spend a drowsy Sunday afternoon.
I used the peal tho make little candied gems of Orange peel
the sugar syrup, where you have to cook the orange peel in, to make the candied peal, has turned into a great tasting Orange cordial
another part of the peel, I cut into strips and dried it slowly in the oven, to pimp up Gin tonics
the inside membrane, that you are left with, I dried in the oven, they make nice crackling sounds, when you put them on the fire, in the fireplace or on a BBQ
So I think after all this creativeness, I deserve a pimp upped Gin Tonic.
And you wont believe it as soon as I sat down to take a sip, the rain stopt and the sun showed itself, but to be honest this lasted ten minutes, and now it’s poaring again 🙂
Sugared Candied Orange Peel, Orange Syrup, Dried Orange Peel, Dried Orange Membrane
leftover orange peels from 10 oranges (from making the orange juice)
500gram normal sugar
1 liter of water
- Rinse the oranges before using them to make the orange juice
- Remove the inside membrane from the orange halves you are left with after making the juice, put aside.
- Cut the peel you are left with into strips about half a centimeter wide.
- take a quarter of those strips and slice them in half, put aside
- Take these strips
- Put the oven on a low heat 160celsius
- Put the strips of peel and the Orange membrane on a non stick backing sheet in the middle of the oven
- dry for about 1.5 hour, check and when dried out, let it cool of and put in airtight containers.
- Cut the other strips into little cubes.
- Place the cubes of peel in a large saucepan and cover with cold water.
- Set on the stove on high heat and bring to a boil. Drain the water from the peels and repeat this process twice more.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the 500 grams of sugar and liter of water.
- Pour the sugar water into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let the mixture cook for 8-9 minutes at a constant simmer.
- Add the peel and cook for 45 minutes on a low heat.
- Avoid stirring, as this will cause crystallation. Remember you can swirl lightly but never stirr.
- At the end of this period, the peels should be Shiny.
- Drain the remaining syrup from the peels.
- This is your fragrant Orange Cordial poor into a nice bottle.
- Spread the peels out on a drying rack and leave to dry for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with sugar crystals.
- Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Orange Gin Tonic
1 table spoon of the orange cordial
1 part Gin
3 parts Tonic
2 or 3 slices of dried orange peel
a few red pepercorns
1 ice cube
put the tablespoon of Orange Syrup in the glass
poor the 1 part Gin
poor the 3 parts Tonic
put ice cube, orange peel and red peppercorns in the glass
and Voila the sun will shine 😉