An orange-y jam for January's woes and Marta's table
I'm still having it rough with January, still feeling at my wits' end as to how I can achieve certain goals or get myself where I want to be. Bar everything I have so far been doing, the only other options available include a financial investment I frankly cannot afford. Thus the constant feeling of worthlessness that keeps pushing me down, and the costant wish to give it all up and shut myself off from the world completely. But I won't say more on this subject, as in the end, it always tends to get certain people to misunderstand my words and turn them around so they mean the exact opposite from what I meant them to. I am rather tired of that, as well, people who pick on anything I say or do and subvert it all just so they can shame me into... what? I have yet to discover. Truth is, and I will say it again, I do have a knack to attract into my life very toxic individuals and psychic vampires.
So in order to pull away from this state of mind, I am turning part of my energies into something I loooove taking part of, which is Kimberly's seasonal Instagram Photo Challenge. It is about to take off this upcoming Sunday, and since we have ben briefed in advance as to the themes, I already did a lot of work on this. It felt quite good and refreshing, taking my mind away from other, more mundane worries, and even though I struggled - and am still struggling - with some of the themes, I am quite, quite happy with some of the results so far and cannot seriously wait to share the images with my fellow participants. Plus, I always find so many new amazingly talented people on these challenges! Love being part of that community, and it has taught me quite a bit on food photography - what works and doesn't work for me, what is my style, what is my personal voice - and has also pulled me out of certain comfort zones, forcing me to be a bit more adventurous, even if I fail short of what I wanted. So, I cannot wait for it and for beig inspired by all the other creatives.
I'm also hapy to take part once more of Marta's January Table, where the ingredient of the month is the delightful Winter fruit for me, the orange. I love oranges, and tend to gobble them down - as well as mandarines and tangerines - once they are in season. I also like using oranges in a wide array of dishes, and it is not unusual to see me adding orange zest to my cous cous, or roasting oranges with duck and pork, even marinating my chicken in orange juice and peel. And when poaching pears in red or white wine, you bet you're gonna find an orange, sectioned into quarters and pricked with cloves inside it. I do drink the wine after taking out the pears, it is one of my fave ways of making mulled wine, there'll be all this orange-y perfume infused into it. I also am a huge fan of good old British orange marmalade - the sourest the better! - although I don't make it. What I did make was an orange and pumpkin jam that knocked the socks out of me.
Here's how you go about it:
- 500 gr clean pumpkin
- 400 gr sugar
- 2 large oranges - juice and a bit of zest
- 1 dl water
- pinch of cinnamon