Thursday, December 17, 2009

a whole lotta work love

I'd always wanted to try to make candied orange peels, and this year I decided I was crazy enough to try it. Here is how you make it:

Peel, peel, peel oranges. Eat some, (oranges, not peels) feed a bunch to your kids, put the rest in a bowl for later.

Boil the peels in water. Dump out the water. Refill pot with cold water. Repeat x 4. (this is to get rid of the bitterness in the peels)

Next simmer the slivers of peel in 3 1/2 cups of water and 6 cups of sugar (!) for an hour. Don't stir.


Coat each strip in sugar. Get really tired halfway through and realize you are kind of in a pinch because you can't stop now. Keep rolling, rolling, rolling and lining them up on trays.

Set them out to dry over night.

Good Morning! They are done! Except for the dark chocolate dip.

Dip in dark chocolate

Then bag them up for Christmas presents. And eat a bunch to test. YUM.

now about those oranges...
a whole pitcher of carrot orange juice (that whole bowl of oranges plus 8 carrots in the juicer) has helped me fight off a cold.

kids drinking vegetables makes mom happy.