Marmalade in the Summer

Blue Chair’s Jamie has taken her obsession with English Marmalade even further…
Oh, Hello Summer/Coffee-Can Vanilla Ice Cream with a Marmalade Swirl

There was one thing that got me through my first Bay Area winter: Blue Chair’s English Marmalade. Each morning the intensity of this preserve’s Seville oranges, bourbon, and brown sugar, along with a cup of tea, shook the cold right out of my bones. Today, summer showed up and I’m too hot for toast and tea! Consequently I am pioneering a new way to get my daily marmalade fix (yes, I am addicted): ice cream.

My inspiration comes from ReadyMade Magazine: last summer they wrote an article on making vanilla ice cream in a coffee can. The process and recipe are so simple that they lend themselves to creative adaptation. To satisfy my craving, I am leaving out the lemongrass and adding 2-3 tablespoons of Seville Orange Marmalade with Vanilla & Muscovado*. In twenty minutes I can turn five ingredients into Vanilla ice cream with a marmalade swirl. I imagine myself doting on the contrast between the bitter orange rinds and sweet vanilla cream daily.

When summer ends I will continue the ritual of marmalade — on toast — starting my day. As I suspect the glory of this ice cream won’t tire by winter, it looks like marmalade will be ending my day as well.

*For those who insist that marmalade “just isn’t my thing,” any of our jams or lighter marmalades will dazzle in this recipe: Bing cherries! Olallieberries! Meyer lemons!