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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tomato Marmalade

The tomatoes are coming quick and fast now and I have bottled at least 30kg, but I couldn't let a season go by without making some Tomato Marmalade. My Grandma Murray made the best Tomato Marmalade and I loved having it slathered on toast with lots of butter.

I feel very fortunate to have inherited her journal of hand written recipes. I feel she treads the pages with me while I browse and relive a time when food was still rationed after WW2 and women managed their houses frugally. At the top of many recipes she has noted how many eggs are required for quick reference. Some of the pages are splattered and some are falling out. The condition is poor, the value is priceless.

How about "Austerity Pudding"? No eggs or sugar in this one. Same as the Steamed Pudding recipe on the same page...."no eggs or sugar". This recipe book has everything from Lenten ricipes to meat dishes and sauces, but by far these are all out weighed by her collection of puddings, deserts, cakes and sweets recipes....
I think that also reveals something about Grandma Murray too don't you?

Ripe Tomato Marmalade

To each pound of tomatoes (skinned and chopped)
add juice and rind of 1 1/2 lemons
and 1lb of sugar
and 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Boil the tomatoes and lemon and ginger for about an hour to reduce.
Add the sugar and boil for about another 30 mins till wrinkle set.
Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal.


  1. That sounds nice will have a go when I have a glut again. Old recipe books I love, I wanted my late aunties (they was said it was mine) but it went missing supposedly. it had recipes for gardening sprays, cleaners and also white wash (lime wash) that walls used to be painted with as well as cooking recipes.....i think my SiL took it.

  2. Hopefully that book, with the help of your late aunt, will find it's way back to you. Don't give up. Old books like that really need top honours. We've already lost too much information like those old recipes.

  3. Hi Tanya, I just found you via Jenny's blog. I have to go to work now but I will definitely be back. Rose from the Illawarra in NSW

  4. Hi Rose, very nice to meet you.

  5. Grandma was married in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression. Wartime rationing came "naturally" as it did to many household managers. Everyone kept "recipe books," balls of string, brown paper bags, recycled tissue paper, buttons in a jar, a box of tacks and a tack hammer, and so on.
    I remember the smell of steamed pudding and Golden Syrup. Fresh strawberries fom the garden. Custard apples from our tree. Scratch meals made from virtually nothing yet filling everyone. Ahh! Nostalgics!

  6. I have an award for you drop by when you have a chance and pick it up

  7. This week`s tomato harvest exceeded our family`s salad requirements and I dug out my late Mum`s recipe book...lo and behold, our recipe is similar to Tanya`s and I have just sealed six 500gm preserve jars, filled to the brim with Graaff-Reinet/Nieu Beteshda/Oos-Kaapse tomato jam, in our kitchen in Auckland, New Zealand!

  8. Thanks for this link, Tanya - we'll have a go on Planet Baby! J x


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