Archive for February, 2013

Celebrate Marmalade

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Marmalade makers know that an impatience wells inside them as soon as they see the arrival of the early batches of Seville oranges in their local greengrocers and farm shops. Making marmalade is for many cooks an annual rite of passage, and although supplies of oranges might be squirrelled away in the freezer for future preserve making, nothing quite matches the frisson which cooks feel when making the first batches made in January. March seems a good time to celebrate this special preserve which is so close to the heart of so many in the British Isles , so what better time to celebrate than National Marmalade Week (2 March – 9 March) ?
Marmalade week offers a chance to celebrate one of the staples of every Country Market. Home-made marmalade is in a class of its own and is appreciated by anyone who understands the difference in taste and texture which proper marmalade offers. Seville Orange marmalade whether thin, medium or thick cut is generally the most popular type of this revered preserve. Originally named after a quince, (Marmelo or membrillo) marmalade comes in many guises other than Seville Orange . The original quince version is slowly making a comeback and competes with grapefruit, lemon, lime, sweet orange and derivatives containing ginger, treacle and other delights such as whisky or rum.
Marmalade can be incorporated into cakes or bread and butter pudding to give these a lift and a definite zing. It works amazingly well in savouries such as Duck a l’orange , or pheasant in orange and port. It has many interesting uses although in truth it is hard to beat toast and marmalade. The golden ambrosia should not be reserved simply for breakfast, but can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Anyone interested in finding real home-made marmalade should look no further than their local Country Market or selected local retailer supplying Country Market produce.
Celebrate marmalade, not just during marmalade week in March, but throughout the year. It is a quintessentially British product enjoyed throughout the world and a great reminder of home for many living abroad whether through choice or duty. Marmalade is the stuff of legends and no –one appreciates it more than the Cooks of Country Markets

Mothers’ Day

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Mothers’ Day falls on March 10th 2013. This is the day when all mothers including grandmothers step-mothers and  mothers-in-law   are honoured  Common Mother’s Day gifts include cakes, flowers and cards. Children often make their cards at school and proudly bring these  home as a token of their love. Country Markets are the ideal place to find that special cake, card  or hand made gift for Mothers’ Day celebrations. Do remember that Country Markets  is the place to find  a home-made Simnel Cake  . This  speciality made with toasted marzipan topping is unique to  Mothers ‘ Day and  Easter celebrations.  Avoid disappointment by ordering in advance . Country Market produce can be found across England and Wales in both markets and selected retail outlets Find your nearest retailer by checking this  website. You can locate  your nearest  direct sales Country Market by checking

Find  top quality, home made hand crafted goods, made without artificial preservatives or hidden nasties prepared by people who care.

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