May 9, 2012 in Cooking with Woolies
Orange juice, or OJ as Americans fondly call it, is my staple Sunday breakfast drink. There is nothing quite like a tall glass of 100% orange juice to get your day started off just right, especially now we all need as much of a vitamin C boost as we can get to stave off winter flu bugs.
Woolworths is offering 3L of 100% orange juice as part of their buy-bulk-and-save offering right now.
Stock up and if you’ve got any left after your daily glass, here are a couple of my favourite ways to use OJ.
An orange wobble
I also love making jelly with Woolworths 100% orange juice; it always gives it texture from the pulp and a genuine zesty flavour. I just add about 3 – 4 cups of orange juice to a saucepan and gently heat it up while 6 gelatine leaves soften. When the orange juice is warmed, I remove it from the heat, squeeze any excess water out of the gelatine leaves and stir them into the orange juice to dissolve before pouring into individual glasses or a mould.
You can also add cardamom seeds while you heat up the juice for another flavour or a dash of honey to sweeten it too. I also love to make layer jellies, so I often set this orange jelly on a set layer of panna cotta in a greased loaf pan so I can take it out and slice it to serve. Or I simply layer them in glasses which are a lot easier and less fuss!
When I make couscous I will often soak it in hot orange juice so that each of little grain absorbs the fragrant taste, which is so delicious with Moroccan lamb or pan fried fish.
Orange flakes for fun
When summer rolls around, the first thing I do is make a quick granita by sifting 110g icing sugar into 2 cups orange juice, 1 cup water and pouring it into a large baking tray so that you have a shallow layer of liquid. I then wait for it to freeze and flake it with a fork to make snow-like orange flakes. It’s delicious just as it is but I sometimes also add a shot or two of vodka to the mixture before it sets for a twist on the classic vodka and orange cocktails.
I hope that I have helped you see just how delicious and versatile a good old glass of OJ can be. Maybe you have a little twist of your own and would be willing to share your fabulous ways of using Woolworths 100% orange juice.