As some ‘Guardian’ readers attempt to move on from marmalade, others demand the “marmalade saga” is allowed to continue on the letters pages
Readers of the Guardian have been banging on about marmalade now for months. In a most endearing series, which we’ve occasionally chronicled ourselves, they’ve discussed different types, having the time (or not) to make it and even suggested it can beat coronavirus. Longevity and marmalade attracted an especially significant amount of attention.
This week, however, the love-hate affair with marmalade came to a head. Whilst one reader, Dr Anthony Isaacs, wrote in to urge people to move on to pickles and jams, another, Claudia Campbell, demanded the matter doesn’t “come to a sticky end.”
Their respective missives follow for your amusement:
Since the marmalade saga is coming to a sticky end (Letters, 17 March), would it not be appropriate to our current tribulations for your letter writers to advise us on the challenges of pickles and jams?
Dr Anthony Isaacs
Oh no! Please don’t let the marmalade saga come to a sticky end. The letters page is the first thing I turn to these days in the hope of sharing the joy of marmalade with others. After Seville marmalade comes three-fruit marmalade and after that comes lemon or lime. The show must go on! (I’m not an octogenarian but my husband is 86 and he helps me cut up the rinds.)
I have very much enjoyed this light relief during these worrying times. Keep finding such eccentricities please.
Marmalade makes me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yuck!!!!!!!!!!! Do not send any of that rubbish Down Under!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Smear it on pork before baking for a perfect roast. No such thing as too much… ?
My grandmother made the finest marmalade. She added lots of whiskey.
a marmalade martini is delicious; they make a good one at Boisdale of Canary Wharf and also Bbar in Victoria