The other day, I went into my local Chinese market. I love going in there because I can always find some new/unusual/hard-to-get product that I can try. Anyway, in the produce section there were these big containers of kumquats. I’d passed them up last week because I was in there for only a few specific items and my funds were limited. But when I saw them again, they just looked so beautiful and enticing, I couldn’t resist.
Want to know what I did with them?
Kumquats are like tiny, oval orange and can be eaten whole. They can be very sweet or very tart (which I learned the hard way). The problem I had was that I didn’t really know what to do with them. My mother never really used kumquats, so I didn’t grow up with them and had never incorporated them into my food repetoire. And there were so many of them in the container! I went online and found some recipes and tried out a couple, including a kumquat-cranberry salsa, which was a sweet-spicy combo. But I was particularly intrigued by a kumquat brandy recipe. I was all ready to go out and buy some brandy when it occurred to me that I could use a recipe I have for limoncello. Everyone loves my limoncello–it’s sweet and strong and beats the hell out of any of the store-bought stuff. I’ve also made limecello (the flavor profile becomes more distinct from limoncello as it ages) and always had it in my head that one day, I would make orangecello. Well, kumquats are citrus fruits, so why not give them a try? It would be a kumquatcello. So, that’s exactly what I did. They are macerating in a big ol’ bottle of vodka right now. In a couple of weeks, I will add additional vodka along with a sugar syrup and voilà–kumquatcello! I don’t have my original limoncello recipe so here’s a recipe from Epicurious.com, in case you want to give it a go. Just substitute two or three cups of kumquats for the lemon peels. Limoncello Recipe I’ll let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy whatever it is you celebrate! Enjoy the food and festivities. Peace, Roberta