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It’s been a hot minute. I have missed you guys. I hope you have been cooking. What have you been cooking or eating? Go down there and tell me what you’ve been eating up then come back we continue with our chat.

So I have been up to a lot. Traveled to India and Dubai ate up a whole lot. I need to fill you guys up on all that soonest. But today we speak about Jack Daniels.

You should know by now that I make amazing savoury jams (buy here) if you haven’t tried one you really need to. Well since I my jams are so amazing (if I do say so my self) when I got a bottle of Jack Daniels from their Kenyan office I decided to try make an adult sweet jam. Well as I researched I ended up throwing out the jam and I ended up making a marmalade.

Growing up I really did not like marmalade. To be honest I still don’t but this one. This one is quite something. You just have to try it. I bet it would be awesome with some cheese and also cooked with some chicken. It has this woodiness coz of the Jack that just maks it sooo amazing! It is also not so hard to cook. Just boil the oranges, let them cool, add sugar and etc and you are done. Please do try it. It will be worth the time spent.

Other than the bottle of Jack and the amazing marmalade I made Jack is having an amazing BBQ event this Saturday 29th October called Brothers of the Grill. I went for the 1st one in June and let me tell you it was just too amazing. So on entering we got food vouchers, cocktail vouchers and water vouchers. I went with my friend so in total we had 8 vouchers. There were 10 places to try out. Unfortunately we went late like after 5pm so most places had run out of food. We still ate quite a bit but most importantly we drunk. Buy did we enjoy our cocktails.

So now this Saturday I will be there at 3pm. I just have to eat till I drop. And guess what? I want you I want two of you to come with me. All you have to do is share this recipe on your social media tag African Kaya and use the hashtag #JDBBQ #AfricanKaya and I will announce the winner by Thursday evening. so start sharing.

Recipe adopted from

#ILoveMondays and A Jack Daniels Marmalade

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 7x200g jars


  1. 1.3kg oranges
  2. Lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  3. 1.5 kg granulated sugar
  4. 350g dark brown sugar
  5. 150ml Jack Daniel's whisky


Place the whole oranges and lemon juice in a large pot and cover with 2 litres of water. Make sure all the oranges are fully immersed. Weight them down with a heat-proff plate if necssary. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer very gently for about 2 hours, or until the peel can be pierced easily with a fork.

Warm the white and brown sugar in a very low oven.

Pour off the cooking water from the oranges into a jug and place oranges into a bowl. Return the cooking liquid to the pan.

Leave the oranges to cool until they are easy to handle, then cut them in half. Scoop out all the pips and pith and add these to the orange liquid in the pan. Boil the liquid for 6 minutes then strain this liquid through a sieve into a bowl, pressing the pulp through with a wooden spoon; the result is high in pectin, which helps to ensure the marmalade has a good set.

Pour the liquid into a pot. Cut the peel into thin shreds, using a sharp knife.

Add the peel to the liquid in the pot with the warm white and dark muscovado sugars. Stir over low heat until all the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil and bubble rapidly for 15-25 minutes until setting point is reached.

Stir in the whisky.

Take the pan off the heat and skim any scum from the surface. (To dissolve any excess scum, drop a small knob of butter on the surface, and gently stir.)

Leave the marmalade to stand in the pot for 20 minutes to cool a little and to allow the peel to settle, then pot in sterilised jars, seal and label.

Happy Eating

Cost Oranges Ksh300 Lmons Ksh 20 White sugar Ksh200 Brown sugar Ksh70 Whiskey Ksh 400 Total Ksh 990 Per unit Ksh 142


Written by Wangeci