I had made dark chocolate coated candied orange peel as a treat over Christmas, taken from a recipe from 'Gardenmama' blog. They were nice - not too sweet, but sugary enough to feel special.
I had two oranges left which I wasn't quite sure what to do with, so I decided to try orange curd. It's basically orange juice (strained 125ml), some grated orange peel, 3 eggs, 125g sugar and 125g butter. Melt it all together until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and then decant into sterilised jars. It will keep in the fridge for a week or two. I made it on the hob first but it didn't set, so I heated it in the microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, until it thickened. I have to say it is the nicest curd I have ever tasted! I will have to try some different flavours later in the year.
I've just come back from doing the week's grocery shop. It only cost me £55 for six days and six people. The menu next week is:-
- Cauliflower pakoras with peperonata, red onion chutney and raita
- Aromatic black-eye bean curry with home made GF flatbreads
- Spicy Mexican bean soup and bread
- Sweet potato and chick pea curry
- Vegetable chilli with peanut butter cabbage and sadza
For my gluten free, vegan bake this week, I'm going to try chocolate and macadamia brownies
It's such a good feeling when the house is full of yummy, healthy food even if it's still in its component parts at the moment!!