Welcome back

Ahoy hoy. It’s been awhile. To be honest, I’ve been a wee bit unmotivated since the arrival of little AB. So here’s a nice simple post to ease back into the blogosphere. 
So what do you do when you have a glut of mandarins and Mr HouseHomeCastle doesn’t like mandarins? We make the easiest cordial ever. 
Step 1

Juice all excess citrus fruit into a measuring glass. Strain through sieve into saucepan. 

Step 2

Add about half as much sugar to saucepan. 

Step 3

Rinse measuring cup with some boiling water. Add to saucepan. 

Step 4

Boil till a slightly syrupy. Pour into strearilsed bottles. THE END. YOURE DONE. SIMPLE. 
We added the cordial to soda water. Really rather nice. Refreshing. A bit sweet but not overly. And easy to tailor. I used mandarins. The next go will be with grapefruit (YUM!!). 


Mr HouseHomeCastle doesn’t like all the seeds. Geez, mandys, what’s with all the seediness??


 Urghmergod! So many mandys! And not looking too crash hot anymore. 
Mmmmm. Skull mandarin cordial. Or would you prefer amlfi cordial?


If you have a bunch of citrus halves leftover after this you can fill some with salt and use as an air fresher. The salt and peel absorb snellyness. I also add cloves. 

9 thoughts on “Welcome back

  1. Yay! Welcome back! I’ve missed you, HouseHomeCastle. Good work using up excess fruit in this way. Two thoughts on your mandys:
    1. Interesting how ‘home grown’ fruit always has so many more seeds than store bought – I find this particularly with lemons – I’m assuming it’s because the store bought varieties have been bred to have less of these pesky seeds?
    2. How much more deliciously flavoursome are mandarins than your old bog standard orange? Eg mandarin cake v orange cake; mandarin cordial v orange cordial.
    Looking forward to more posts as you get to them.

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  2. Could not be better timing for this recipe!!! Eleanor peeled every mandarin in the fruit bowl today, and there is no way we are eating 13 mandarins for dessert (or even one actually… we have a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in the freezer!).

    Any thoughts on how to juice the mandarins if they’ve already been peeled????

    (PS yay for blogging again – I really love your blog Jo 🙂

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