This weekend my generous gentleman brought home the first of this season of delicious oranges from Grandad’s tree. These are particularly long-awaited oranges. We watched the tree as it flowered, we saw the tiny green oranges begin to fruit, we watched them grow larger and finally saw them turn to orange. Now it is time to pick. Very long-awaited! You see, right at the end of last season, in the last bag of oranges (perhaps even the last orange) Ess decided she loved them. While she ate mandarins during that very fussy toddler eating period and even as a baby, oranges were never enjoyable... until Mum decided to describe them as “little bags of juice” inside each segment. “Ooh that sounds delicious” Ess proclaimed. Sure enough, she tried them and loved them and wanted more. Only there were no more!!
‘Mum’ is a stickler for eating fruit while it is in season. I simply can’t buy oranges when they are supplied so readily to us. I actually think our family eats the whole tree full (don’t tell Grandad). Shop bought, even market bought oranges, simply don’t have the same flavour, fragrance, sweetness – the whole “yumminess factor”. And the miles travelled to reach us – only 15 km or so. We can only really get better than that when we eat at Grandad’s, then it’s only 5m. Oh how we’d love to have our own tree in our own yard…one day.
Mmm new season oranges. I’m thinking…
· Chocolate Orange Cake
· Greek Orange Semolina Cake
· Orange, Fennel and Greens Salad
· Orange and Cinnamon Roasted Chicken
· Orange and Almond Cake
· Orange and Almond Friands
My Warm Morning Muesli is also lovely with fresh orange pieces.
Let me know if you have any 'orange favourites' I should try!