kumquat * marmalade

This morning, the woman downstairs cut down her kumquat tree… actually, her grandson – the one with the long hair – visited & cut it down. 

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I wonder whether she’ll replace it with another fruit tree?  I miss seeing the orange kumquats. 

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The woman used to pick kumquats and say, “I’m going to make kumquat marmalade.” 

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As I heard her voice drifting up through the window, through the eucalyptus leaves at dusk, I would think to myself, maybe she will write kumquat poems, too.  In my mind’s eye, the poems looked like jars of kumquat marmalade sitting in a row.

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Here is a recipe for kumquat marmalade.  It isn’t my neighbor’s recipe.  It’s just one I found … and it doesn’t require pectin or anything semi-fancy. 

Kumquat Marmalade

  • 24 kumquats, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges – rinsed, sliced and seeded
  • 9 cups white sugar, or as needed
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 8 cups water, or as needed  
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    The phrase,  “kumquat…kumquat…kumquat” interrupted my thoughts like a frog hiccuping in a corner of my room… or an orange kumquat with hiccups. 

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    I received the conference session proofs.  It’s a special session panel on Transnational Feminist Spaces, but perhaps there are inklings of a Stein panel in the future, i.e. “a kumquat is a kumquat is a kumquat.” 

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    Now that I’ve finished hiring all very wonderful adjunct professors for our composition courses this autumn, I can focus my energies on the various conference activities. 

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    prayer:  That the woman would plant a new fruit tree… if she wishes.

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