Easy Cumquat Marmalade

Beautiful cumquats make beautiful jam, and so it is to the stove top that we turn this morning. Some cherry tomatoes are drying in the oven, taking the chill off of the kitchen, and we chop, soak and simmer cumquats before turning them into the most delicious marmalade. Breakfasts are going to be amazing this month!

This jam is also an exceptional accompaniment to hot Indian curries. The sweetness tempers the heat of the dish, and the cumquat tartness is beautiful with the spices.

Similar recipes include Cumquats in Gin, Cumquats Pickle, Cumquat Olive Oil, and Cumquat Vanilla Marmalade.

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Broad Bean and Tomato Salad

Spring brings us Broad Beans. Celebrate their freshness with this salad.

Oh the joy of Spring. Two pieces of that joy are the short season of the Broad Bean, and the arrival of ripe cumquats. Today we celebrate the Broad Bean with a quick salad.

Larger Broad Beans need to be twice peeled. That is, they are first removed from the pod, of course, and then each bean has their thick outer shell removed. This seems like a lot of work, but once you are on a roll, it happens quickly. I use a small, sharp knife to knick the outer skin, then a quick peel and the inner bean pops out. The inner bean is much gentler in taste, very delicious.

You can also make this salad at other times of the year – just use frozen broad beans, easily available from your supermarket. You can find them peeled and unpeeled. Go for the peeled ones if you can find them – much easier and definitely quicker.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Fava Bean Salad with Garlic and Dill, Green Papaya, Snake Bean and Tomato Salad, Broad Bean and Dill Rice Orecchiette with Broad Beans, Broad Beans with Feta and Preserved Lemon, Broad Beans MezzeEnsalada, Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint, Broad Beans with Fresh Pecorino, and Pan Fried Broad Bean Salad.

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Cumquat Rasam | Kumquat Rasam | Sweet, Sour, Hot, Delicious

Rasam, that tangy, spicy, soup-like liquid of South India, is commonly made from lemons, limes and oranges, so, with a surfeit of cumquats in the kitchen, we made a delicious Cumquat Rasam to eat over rice.

You may be wondering what a Rasam is. It is a soup-like dish which can be thick or thin, and is usually eaten as part of a meal and served with rice – read more about Rasam here.

Similar recipes include Kottu Rasam, Pepper Rasam, Lemon Rasam, and and Tomato Rasam. Also try Easy Cumquat Marmalade.

I’ve been discussing the spelling of Cumquat with others. In many places it is spelled Kumquat, but the British (and Australian) spelling is Cumquat. Surprisingly, in India, which has followed the British spellings in other things, has chosen Kumquat. But actually, neither spelling is correct. The name derives from the Cantonese gām-gwāt 金橘, literally meaning golden orange or golden tangerine. Our transliteration of the Cantonese, with the g sound so close to the k sound, had become C(K)umquat. There are parts of the world that call them Chinese Orange – so much simpler.

Cumquat recipes include Cumquat Tea, Cumquat Rice, and Cumquat Chutney.

Browse all of our Rasam recipes, and our Cumquat recipes. Explore our Indian dishes, and our Indian Essentials too. Or check out our delicious Late Winter dishes.

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Cumquat Tea | Kumquat Tea

The season of cumquats are upon us, and not only are we able to get gorgeous ones from our local Asian Grocery, but friends who are not so kitchen-friendly as me, arrive with baskets of them.

For many years we have made our beautiful go-to cumquat recipes. Marmalade, Chutney, Pickles, Oils, and Soaked in Gin.

But a conversation with a Fijian friend changed, or rather, expanded, the way we think about this tiny, semi-sour globular fruits. He related how they use cumquats like lemons, squeezing the juice into dishes that need that bit of tang. Now not only are they squeezed, we cut them in halves and nestle them into oven baked dishes, they are floated in stocks, soups and stews to infuse, we char grill them for salads, and they find their way, chopped into 2 or 4 or 6, into warm vegetable mixes.

And they are made into tea.

What a delicious infusion this is. Just cumquats, or with mint and/or other herbs added, it is a perfect mid morning or mid afternoon pick-me-up. Surprising. Wonderful.

In terms of herbs, use your favourites, and don’t be afraid to experiment with a leaf here and there. Tulsi, basil, mint, thyme, parsley. Add honey if you need a sweetener. I don’t. But some Cumquat varieties are more sour than others.

We have some similar teas for you to try – Longan and Young Ginger Tea, Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea, and Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea.

Are you looking for other Cumquat recipes? Try Cumquat Rice, Steamed Thai Eggplant with Cumquat, and Cumquat and Pea Shoot Salad.

Browse all of our Cumquat recipes, and all of our Teas. Or take some time to explore our Mid Winter dishes.

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Cumquat Olive Oil and Cumquat Butter

Use your left over cumquats to make this exquisite salad oil.

A bag of exquisite cumquats lasted and lasted, being turned into everything that I could think of. They were a joy. Sometimes we pick our own from trees on public land around the city (but more and more these are disappearing). Sometimes friends ply us with their harvest when they have no idea what to do with them. I feel compelled to make as many things as I can with them just to prove that there is more to cumquats than Cumquat Jam. I make teas with them, dehydrate some, place them in the pan as vegetables bake or cook a la grecque. They are used in place of lemons, squeezing a dozen into a soup or sambar or dal. I love these little bright orange balls.

Are you looking for Cumquat recipes? Try Easy Cumquat Marmalade, Cumquat Olive Oil, Cumquat Chutney, and Easy Pickled Cumquats.

We have more Cumquat recipes, so browse our collection.  Or you might like to browse Olive Oil recipes and look through our recipes for preserves. Our favourite is Cumquats in Gin. Find inspiration in our gorgeous Early Spring recipes.

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Cumquats Rice

A delicious variation on Indian style flavoured rice.

To everyone alone today, I say hello! Enjoy your time of luxury, either at the beach if you are in this part of the world or snuggled up with books and movies if you are not.

Needing a quick bite yesterday, I turned to my fav style of one pot rice. One Pot dishes are wonderful for suppers, a quick meal, or those evenings alone with a good book, some good music and maybe a movie on TV. Not a lot of preparation and best of all, not a lot of washing up.

Feel free to browse our rice recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Spring recipes here and here. And our Cumquat Recipes are here and here.

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Cumquat Chutney

A late winter chutney

Each late Winter or early Spring, cumquat trees are laden with fruits, and there are enough to make chutney and pickles for the year ahead. Sometimes a jam as well. This is my favourite Cumquat Chutney.

Are you looking for similar recipes? You might also want to try Easy Cumquat Marmalade, Pickled Cumquats, Easy Pickled Cumquats, and Cumquats and Gin. Or Ousbacks Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Relish, and Onion Marmalade.

All of the Cumquat recipes are here. Or explore our Preserves. For more inspiration, check out our Early Spring recipes.

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Easy Pickled Cumquats

A bag of cumquats still lay languishing in the fridge, so a quick salty pickle is the answer. It is very simple.

A bag of cumquats still lay languishing in the fridge, so a quick salty pickle is the answer. It is very simple.

You might find other interesting recipes amongst our cumquat recipes. Explore all of our preserves here and here. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Cumquat and Pea Shoots Salad

A quick snack or salad.

The day before Xmas, I was doing some pre-prepping of food for Xmas lunch, and I needed a snack badly. I had been shopping during the morning, and picked up some pea shoots on a whim. As I continued to work, I threw together a couple of quick dishes to keep the hunger at bay. The surprise was the cumquats with pea shoots. This is how it went: Continue reading “Cumquat and Pea Shoots Salad”

Cumquats and Gin

These little balls of sour goodness, soaked in Gin, make a great sweet preserve.

How can you not love cumquats, those little balls of sour goodness. Hard to find in this part of the world in shops, you have to know the location of a tree or have a good (Italian) neighbour. I was lucky this year, finding 2 trees in public spaces, and as few people know the delights of these golden globes, they were not much in demand. I came home with a basket full. This year I made Cumquats in Gin, and Cumquat Chutney.

You might also like to try Divine Cumquat Marmalade or Pickled Cumquats, or try some other jam – Crabapple and Pomegranate Jelly with Rosebuds.

You can also browse all cumquat recipes here. Or explore our Preserves.

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