This year (or I suppose it was last year) when Dwight asked me what I wanted for Christmas I remembered that I’ve always wanted to take a marmalade class with June Taylor. So I asked for that and a kumquat tree and he delivered. I took the class along with 12 other people at June Taylor’s Still-Room in Berkeley on Saturday. We made 12 jars of June’s Three Fruit Marmalade (orange, grapefruit, meyer lemon); that’s one of the jars above. Isn’t it beautiful? And it tastes so good, I could eat the whole jar with a spoon at one sitting! But I won’t. All the June Taylor fruit is cut by hand and now I see what a difference that makes to the finished product – to the cost as well of course. I love to eat marmalade in oatmeal, with cottage cheese, with chocolate, in a sandwich. And don’t get me started on candied citrus peels! June makes a lot of those too (even in exotic varieties like yuzu) and she served them along with cheese and bread for refreshments. For beverages, we mixed her syrups with Pellegrino water. I mixed rangpur lime syrup with rosemary syrup and boy was that good. Do you know the website, Cool Hunting? You can view a video about June there by clicking here.
The Still-Room also has a shop where you can find all of the company’s current offerings. I brought home a bottle of her ketchup and one of the last remaining chocolate bars from a special pairing with Mast Brothers Chocolate. You can read more about those items on Cool Hunting too.