Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Quick Cheat Orange Marmalade Recipe

It's the time of year that the Seville Oranges are in the shops, so it's a great time to make home made marmalade.

The only problem is slicing up all those oranges is slow and tedious, so I want to share with you my recipe for  a cheat method. You get a more chunky marmalade, not so clear, but it still tastes the same.

It wont win any awards, but it takes a lot less effort and tastes just as good.

For approx. 8 jars of marmalade you'll need

  • 1.6kg Seville Oranges
  • 4 lemons
  • 2kg Preserving Sugar

  • hand blender
  • preserving pan
  • jam funnel 
  • jam jars

Here we go:

6. Roughly chop the peel and put in the pan
  1. Put the oranges and lemons in a large saucepan, ideally a preserving pan, cover with water. Bring to the boil and then boil gently for 2 hours. Allow to cool, leaving overnight is fine. 
  2. Put a plate in the freezer
  3. Take the fruit out of the pan and throw away the water. Put a fine kitchen seive over the preserving pan.
  4. Cut the oranges and lemons in half and then gently scoop out the centre into the seive. You want to get out all the pips, but you don't want to scrape out more than is necessary. 
  5. Put the pips and gunge into the seive, slice the rind into rough pieces, about 8th's is fine and then put in the pan. 
  6. Squeeze the pip gunge through the sieve until as much of it as possible is in the pan, I find running a soup ladle  round is the easiest way (keep the ladle out, you'll need it later).  Throw what's left of the pips away.
  7. Add the sugar to the pan and put over a low/medium heat until the sugar has all melted. 
  8. Now using the hand blender chop up the peel, just give very short bursts, as a large piece surfaces hit it with a quick burst of the blender. Do this until there are no more large pieces left, but be careful, you don't want to end up with orange soup, you want a good even mix of small pieces. 
    8. Use the blender to chop the peel into small pieces, the size is really your choice. 

    8. Once chopped it should have this sort of consistency
  9. Now bring up to the boil and boil for 10 minutes. Put your clean jars into the over on 100c.
  10. Test for setting point: To do this get the plate out of the freezer, drop a blob onto the plate and leave for a minute. Then push it with your finger, if it wrinkles up it's ready, if not put the plate back in the freezer, boil the marmalade for another 5 minutes and try again. Repeat as nceessary.
  11. 11. Pour into hot jars and seal. 

  12. Pour into hot jars, put on lids and once cool label and store. 

Of course there's an easier way to obtain home made marmalade, we have a few extra jars so you can buy one to take home when you stay at Pottery House Loch Ness B&B.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New basin In The Large Double Room

Lots of people have said to us that they would prefer mixer taps in the bathrooms, we agree.

So when we updated the en-suites of the front double rooms we put in new sinks. It was just the large double room to do.

So this week we've put a new sink in there. It's got the same "cascade"tap that we put in the other two rooms because we think they're stylish and great fun. The new sink is a wide style with a large flat area all the way round, lots of space to put bits and bobs.

We think it looks great, hope our guests like it too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

First With Quality, First With Technology

At Pottery House we believe in good old fashioned quality.

Quality beds and bedding, quality showers, quality breakfasts and quality service, but that doesn't mean we have to be old fashioned. In fact often Pottery House leads the way.

We were one of the first B&Bs in the area to:

  • make online booking available through our website
  • make free wifi available to our guests
  • install wall sockets with USB charging ports in our guest rooms for phones and tables. 
Now we're at it again. We've just installed Internet streaming service on the TV in the Front Double Deluxe room.

Now you can relax in your room and enjoy UK TV Catch-up services such as BBC Iplayer, ITV Hub and 4 OnDemand on the room TV. There are also free Movie and TV services.

Why only 1 room???  Partly because we want to try this Streaming device and get some feedback from guests before we put in the other rooms and partly because our Internet speed is limited at the moment to 8Mb and this would struggle with Media streaming in all the rooms.

However in the next few weeks SuperFast Broadband is due to arrive in Dores and as soon as it does we'll not only make it available to guests via our free wifi but we'll also implement media streaming in all the guest rooms.


Saturday, January 09, 2016

Dores Inn Closing For Work

If you are thinking of visiting Pottery House over the next week please be aware that the Dores Inn will be closed for work on the kitchen.

We are happy to recommend other restaurants in the area if you are thinking of visiting, just drop us an email when you book.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Man Vs Horse 2016

The Man Vs Horse race has now been taking place eon South Loch Ness for 4 years and is growing in popularity year on year.

It's a 26km race over moorland, forestry tracks and minor roads starting in the hills above Dores. This years race takes place on Sunday 17th April.

For more information please see the Dores Community website at Dores On Loch Ness

If you'd like to enter see the "Entry Central" website for more details.

And if you'd like to stay at Pottery House for this weekend we recommend you book quickly, as rooms are going fast. Pottery House