Sunday, August 26, 2012

Evening out

The Destination

21 Century Furniture ad

Sydney Morning Herald - 25 August 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Seville Orange Marmalade

1.5 kg Seville oranges, washed
2 kg organic raw sugar

Ten orange jars standing on a wall
Put the oranges into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about one and a half hours or until the skins are soft and tender and easily pierced with a small knife.

Remove the oranges from the liquid, cut them in half and put them on a plate to cool. Once cool, scoop out the seeds with any pulp and push through a colander with the back of a large spoon. This mixture is full of pectin and very gelatinous and will set the marmalade.

Put the pulp mixture and seeds in a muslin bag (or in a fine mesh sieve floating) in the cooking liquid. Cut the halves in half again and cut them into thin strips or chunks, according to whether you like fine or chunky marmalade.

Seville oranges in their natural environment
Add the peel back into the cooking water with the sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 10-15 minutes, skimming off any white impurities every so often, until setting point is reached.

The best way to test this is to drop a teaspoonful on to a small plate that has been in the fridge. If it sets after, say, a minute to a marmalade consistency, it's done; if not, continue boiling it and keep re-testing it. If you want a really thick marmalade, continue to boil until the sugar is almost caramelised.

Leave the marmalade to cool for about 30 minutes, stirring every so often, so that the pieces of orange suspend in the liquid.

happy cooking

Another method is this one below

Put the oranges in the saucepan and just cover them with water, bring to the boil and then simmer for up to an hour topping up the water occasionally. The rind should be soft by then so turn off the heat.

After the oranges have cooled somewhat cut them in half over the saucepan and scrape out all the flesh and pith to put back in the cooking water. The rind should be very thin at this point.

Boil the flesh, pith and pips in the water until it starts to turn a soft gold. While this is happening use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to cut the rind into very thin slices. Some say the thinner the rind is cut the better, other prefer it chunky.

Fix a double layer of muslin, which should be scalded with hot water, to a jelly strainer stand and pour the contents of the saucepan through it into another stainless steel saucepan.

Measure the volume of the liquid and add an equal amount of sugar. Finally add the cut up rind.

Then it’s just a matter of boiling it until the setting point is reached. This point is reached when a little of the marmalade is put onto a cold saucer and when cool it wrinkles with a gentle push of a finger. Put into warm sterilised jars and seal immediately.

Navel Orange version as made in a "seen on TV" Melbourne kitchen
Early Tasmanian advertisement for Seville Oranges

Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser Fri 7 Jan 1825  p. 1.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

thoughts of leaves

Jen Short Sculpture/painting

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

London: The Trouble With Merle

Riverside Studios | The Trouble With Merle | Wednesday 15 August 2012
WED 15 AUGUST 2012

Merle Oberon Double Bill
The Trouble with Merle  7.30pm
The Divorce of Lady X  8.50pm

The Trouble with Merle 
Directed by Maree Delofski
Australia, 2002, 55m documentary

A fascinating insight into identity as the director explores the mysterious origins of legendary actress Merle Oberon, travelling to Tasmania and India in search of the truth.

Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with SeeView Pictures.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Frank the Poet: A Convict's Tour to Hell

Hindsight ABC Radio National : Thursday 9 August 2012 1:00 pm [repeat]

August 2012 marks the 151st anniversary of the death of Francis MacNamara, better known in convict Australia as Frank the Poet. According to one of Australia's leading contemporary poets, Les Murray, MacNamara's epic work A Convict's Tour to Hell should be placed right at the beginning of English literature in Australia.

Frank’s attitude to the colonial authorities, embodied in this now famous poem, can also be gauged from the punishments he received. Lashed 590 times, he was sent to solitary confinement, to the treadmill, and worked on chain gangs. All through his incarceration, Frank continued to entertain his fellow convicts with his rebellious verse.
For the Company Underground - Trimmingham Manuscript 1839
A Petition from the Chain Gang at New Castle To Capt. Furlong - Trimingham Manuscript 1839

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Chris Marker 1911 - 2012

Chris Marker, Alain Resnais (with Ferdinand Leger)
Cat listening to music

Thursday, August 02, 2012