Are you guys getting into the Christmas spirit? Because I sure am. Gingerbread and candy canes are in full swing around here and the house could rival the Christmas section at Myer. This is going to be a good one. I just know it.
What I do get worried/stressed/sad about during this time is the gift buying. Every year I feel like I got too much and gave too little. So it snowballs the next year and I spend more money but still have that same feeling at the end of the holiday. It doesn't help that the husband is a gun at gift giving and ALWAYS smashes it. It's strange to feel so :( about getting stuff but it just gets too much, don't you think? I really want to have one year where everything is hand made. No iPads, no Nespresso machines, just herb gardens, knitted blankets and biscotti. With hand written cards from the heart.
Speaking of a better world, how great would it be if everything was candied? Let's start with oranges shall we?
- 2 Oranges
- 2 cups Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Sugar for coating
- As per the image below, score oranges in quarters then carefully peel. Slice peel quarters into half cm strips.
- Boil peel strips in water for about 15 minutes then drain. This will soften them up.
- Bring water and sugar to boil and add peel when the sugar has dissolved. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the syrup has reduced to half.
- Turn off the heat and let your peel strips cool down in the syrup. The syrup will thicken up and stick better to your peels. Strain (keep your syrup for ice tea, or to drizzle over yoghurt) and coat in vanilla sugar then set aside to dry out.
- You can eat these as is but I suggest you take things up a notch and dip in some dark chocolate.