Next, I made some orange juice today. This is a standard in our house and has been ever since the girls were wee. We don't drink a lot of it in the winter time but we go through masses of it in the summer.
This is it sitting in the bowl ready to be covered and left to steep overnight. Tomorrow I'll strain it and put it in a bottle or covered jug - whichever there's room for in the fridge!
Here's the recipe:
AUNTIE MARY’S ORANGE JUICE
4 large or 6 medium oranges
1⅔ cups sugar
1 tbsp citric acid **editing to say: you can use the juice of 2 lemons in place of 1 tbsp of citric acid**
1 pint boiling water
Wipe the oranges and grate the rind into a bowl.
Cut fruit in half and squeeze juice and pips into the bowl.
Add sugar and citric acid and mix.
Pour on boiling water.
Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is all dissolved.
Cover and allow to stand overnight.
Strain and bottle.
Dilute to taste.
The reason it's called Auntie Mary's orange juice is my Auntie Mary always had it for us to drink when we went to her house as children. I got the recipe from her when we got married and have used it ever since.
Oh, and Zanna - I have to reply to you here because I don't know how to get in touch with you! The fondant icing I used on the cake was in a packet, already in a block. All I had to do was manipulate it a bit and then roll it out. No mixing involved at all. :o)