Silver Awards

The long awaited results are in! The competition this year was stiff at The Marmalade Awards at Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria. 

I’m delighted to announce that May’s Kitchen won 2 Silver Awards.  

Fine Cut Ave Maria Marmalade and my Ginger & Cardamom Marmalade.

It’s a re-affirmation that I’m doing the right thing with my marmalade. 

I won’t get my silver stickers for a while to decorate my jars, but when they arrive I’ll proudly show them off! 

If anyone would like a jar of my award winning marmalade for friends, family or your own breakfast toast I’d be delighted to sell you a jar or two!


West Heath Wedding Fair – Sevenoaks, Kent

It was a lovely sunny Sunday in Sevenoaks for my wedding fair at West Heath School. What a lovely building- it would be stunning for any bride’s special day. 

Thank you to all those who were there on the day- from fellow suppliers to the brides and grooms themselves! 

I met some really lovely people and enjoyed the day. I chatted to Katie the celebrant and to Brad the entertainment chap and was very grateful to get some good cider pub suggestions for our cider from him! I admired Simon the bar-man’s elderflower fizz and scoffed Stephanie’s delicious canapés! YUM!

Hope everyone enjoyed my little tasters. The scones seemed to go down well! 

I loved showing them off on my vintage cake stands supplied by my talented vintage China lady Emily. 

Anyone looking for jammy wedding favours you know where I am!

Ave Maria Marmalade


I’m still making marmalade! At the moment I’m also tasting it and deciding which batch to send off to the Marmalade Awards in Cumbria later this week.

I’ve got three to choose from:

The boozy one, or as the competition organisers call it “Merry Marmalade”. Mine has got Spanish Sherry in it, inspired by the origin of my organic Seville oranges I’ve used to make it. It’s also where we go on our family summer holidays so it is a perfect fit in my opinion.

The spiced one has a delightful combination of crystallised ginger and cardamom. They compliment the bitter oranges very well and leave your mouth with a lovely warm gingery taste that’s really interesting but not overpowering.

The third is Ave Maria Marmalade. This fine cut (by hand) marmalade is made from the best organic oranges – sourced from a family run orange grove in Seville called Ave Maria Farm. Their dedication to their oranges means their produce is in tip top condition and that means tip top marmalade!

They are of such good quality that it takes only a few minutes of “hard boiling” to achieve a set, because of the excellent levels of pectin contained in them.

This year I’m calling my marmalade made with these oranges ‘Ave Maria Marmalade’.

I’m hoping that the judges at the Marmalade Awards taste the goodness in those little golden jars…the bar has already been set pretty high, but I’m keen to have another go!


Wedding Favours


I’ve been creating some wonderful miniature jars of golden marmalade ready for Eddie’s Wedding- using this season’s gorgeous Ave Maria organic Seville oranges..

The citrus smells are all around the house- so warming and comforting on a cold and grey January day..

I’ve cut the peel extra fine so it looks delicate and pretty in the glass jars.

Next stop, white ribbon and label to finish them off..

I love doing wedding favours for my brides (and grooms!). They capture the excitement, anticipation and beauty of the forthcoming big day.

It gives me a lovely warm, fuzzy feeling inside – hope it helps thaw out my frozen fingers..bbbrrr!