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Miranda's Marmalade Day

27 April 2015

Is there anything better than a slow start to the weekend, reading the paper over a long and lazy breakfast; with piping hot tea and a stack of buttery toast topped with lashings of zingy marmalade…


Miranda Gore Browne, Finalist on BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, cookery writer and demonstrator, recently hosted a Marmalade Day in her newly opened Miranda’s Kitchen Cookery School. Miranda invited Vivien Lloyd, ‘The Marmalade Mistress’ to teach her and a group of keen marmalade makers how to make the ‘perfect’ marmalade with the simplest ingredients and used Garden Trading equipment to ensure she had everything she needed for an efficient session.


We sent a variety of different pieces from our extensive kitchen range, and it was great to see that Miranda was pleased with our choices; commenting that “I was delighted that Garden Trading sent me some gorgeous baking and preserving kit for my Marmalade Day.”


Weighing scales are an essential piece of equipment for every kitchen, used time and time again. We believe in investing in a stylish pair that can sit proudly on the counter for easy access, so we sent Miranda a pair of our gorgeous powder coated kitchen scales. Miranda thought “The scales were fantastic for accurately measuring out the sugar and for weighing the wonderful Ava Maria Farm Seville Oranges. The lovely Shutter Blue colour of the scales matched my kitchen perfectly!” Grab your set here.


Another kitchen essential used on a regular basis is a good colander, “The Ardingly colander proved very useful for storing the beautiful citrus fruit Vivien Lloyd brought with her from a recent trip to the Lemon Festival in Menton, South of France”, but can also be used for washing salads and draining vegetables in your everyday meal preparation.


Miranda kindly let us know that “I loved the vintage feel of the Glass Juicer and Jug, it is now an essential and much loved piece of kit in Miranda’s Kitchen Cookery School, whereas the Stainless steel Jam Funnel couldn’t have been more perfect for ensuring we captured every last drip of our delicious marmalade when we were ready to ‘jar up’.”


Miranda finished the class by showing the group how to bake some delicious marmalade cakes and bakes. We’ve been lucky enough to snag Miranda’s own recipe, so recreate your own Tea and Marmalade Buns with Orange Icing (adapted from a recipe for ‘Crunchy topped Bara Brith’) for an indulgent afternoon treat, perfect enjoyed sitting in the sunshine with a steaming cup of a tea.


Follow Miranda on her blog at www.mirandagorebrowne.typepad.com, or at MirandaBakes on Twitter and MirandaGoreBrowne on INSTAGRAM.

Photography by India Whiley-Morton. Photo of Miranda in Miranda’s Kitchen Cookery School by Colin Poole and Chalon UK.


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