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    Candied Camera

    This post is by way of a thank you to Paul who dug me out of hole early this morning. If he lived in Etobicoke I'd drop these off at his house as a Thank You.
    Orange peel takes a while to be broken down in my vermicomposters, so I candy it. It's never as good as store-bought candied peel, but it's a darn sight cheaper, and that's what I'm all about.
    In essence (good one Chris!), I boil the peel of an orange in sugar. 70g peel in 180g sugar.
    The attached photo essay shows the various stages in my morning.
    1. Gently heat the solid sugar from last time in a saucepan of water. I think I'm stupid to tie up a nice glass bowl for weeks at a time this way.
    2. Eat the thick-skinned orange for breakfast. Dieting, you know. Slice the peel into a Lambert Conformal Conic sections and dream of Africa.
    3. Slice each segment into strips about 2 mm wide.
    4. Pour the liquefied sugar from last time into a different pan. That's right. The original pan didn't shrink! Add 180g sugar, toss in the peel and stir. I use a plastic teaspoon because I'm too cheap to replace the jam thermometer that broke last year. If the plastic melts, the sugar is too hot.
    5. Stir the pan, but don't stir too far away from the stove. A good book on genetic technology helps here. Also a bar stool.
    6. Reduce heat once the stuff is at the boil. Lowest heat, simmer to drive off some water.
    7. Strain into the coffee percolator. Sweet orange-flavored coffee tomorrow morning. With cream. Sod the diet.
    8. Spread out to cool/harden on a plate. I use chopsticks because it's almost lunchtime anyway.

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    Re: Candied Camera

    <hr>It's never as good as store-bought candied peel<hr>
    There may be a couple of reasons for this:
    <hr>I use a plastic teaspoon because I'm too cheap to replace the jam thermometer that broke last year. If the plastic melts, the sugar is too hot.
    Strain into the coffee percolator.<hr>

    Also, there appears to be an orange-coloured item missing.

    Thanks for the recipe, which I'll pass along to some of my relatives. I won't try it myself, by blood sugar probably couldn't handle being in the same room as these ... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Candied Camera

    > an orange-coloured item missing.
    I'll add Ginger when I feel like it (evil grin!)

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