Sunday, December 15, 2013

Orange time!

Light healthy breakfast over Christmas relaxation time! 
No need to ask Santa !!! 
A hot lungo espresso ,orange homemade cookies, 
and a delicious fresh cut orange instead of orange juice. 

In the middle of winter this fresh fruit is a real treat with 
many benefits, a delicacy, a powerfood, an opulent classic one.

 Here is my daily sight once the shutters are opened,
 on rainy days or frosted sunny ones, ripe tangerines, 
oranges and lemons are hanging on the tree branches 
like shiny baubles and could be my Christmas trees! 
We have only few of them in the city garden but 
a real grove around the country house.

Even without Christmas lights, they look so beautiful!

A multi-use fruit. 
“Apfel Strudel”  always served with an orange slice!

English carrot cake with caramelized orange slices 
and a lot of zest added into the mixture.

The best time to attempt an exquisite orange marmalade, 
not only to spread on bread but also like a topping for tarts, 
yogurt , pancakes etc.

And of course dried oranges are so decorative.
I use them for wrapping gifts and not only.

In glasses for a particular table setting.

Orange, a color!

A favorite one!

 Health, strength, happiness to each of you! 
Enjoy Christmas preparations and  take care!


  1. It all looks delicious, dear Olympia!

    Sending hugs, Ingrid

  2. Looks so delicious dear Olympia,
    I always buy oranges from the Greek,ones are the sweetest!
    Hugs my dear friend

  3. Wonderful orange-post! Here in Germany you can buy oranges everywhere, but not so fresh from the trees, unfortunately!

  4. A wonderful post, I loved all your beautiful orange pictures, Olympia! How wonderful to see oranges growing in your garden! I love your beautiful table settings and decorations too.
    Helen x

  5. What a beautiful post, Olympia! We are reminded of our travels last year through the orange groves of Greece. The aroma and the beauty (not to mention the taste!) of those lovely fruits! Savor your week ahead. . .

  6. Lucky you to have orange trees of your own! I can only dream of them in the middle of the snow... Happy Sunday, Olympia!

  7. How lovely to live surrounded by citrus trees - the smell of them is one of the things I love about holidays in the Mediterranean. Have a good week! Beautiful pictures. X

  8. What a beautiful post. I love oranges and would really enjoy having orange or lemon trees, but it's too cold for them here. We eat a lot of oranges in our house. One year, I gave up candy for Lent and ate an orange every time I wanted something sweet. I actually lost about ten pounds over Lent by doing that! I should try it again. :)

  9. So THAT"S where you've been, collecting your beautiful, edible baubles!! They're certainly a most versatile fruit and I'd say, the gem of citruses! Your desserts look delicious and decadent, and I'm sure are the stars of your Christmas, culinary cuisine!

    Merry Christmas, Olympia!


  10. How magnificent it must be to look out your window and see a view of citrus trees, Olympia! The colours are so warming. As well, the baked goods look delicious; some strudel would taste lovely on this snowy day.

    Have a wonderful week. You have a knack for finding the beauty in your days.


  11. Hello my Dear,

    wow - wonderful orange impressions and so delicious.
    It´s amazing - so big colorfull citrus tress.
    I wish you also a good time to look after your gifts and enjoy the time with a delicious citruscake

    Have a wonderful X-mas-time

    your Bluemchenmama

  12. Een koningskleur!
    Wat een bezit als je zo'n heerlijke boomgaard hebt. En wat ziet dat er mooi uit.
    En sinaasappelmarmelade is heel lekker!
    Ik wens je nog een mooie avond en nieuwe week en ook een mooie tijd tot Kerst!

    Lieve groet,

  13. Such a powerful post! Is it due to the oranges? I think so! You are right they are hanging on the trees like baubles and they are so pretty! Enjoy these precious days - all too soon they are over! Christa

  14. How romantic your photographs of the orchard with the oranges and lemons look! It's hard to imagine, it being cold in Holland :-)! Your pie looks delicious! Carrot cake is one of my favourites as well.

    Have a happy week ahead Olympia!

    Madelief x

  15. Wauw...what a verry beautiful photo...all that oranges hanging on the tree.
    Youre sight is verry nice.
    Have a good week Olympia.

    Inge, my choice

  16. Thank you for transporting me to the wonderful view when you open the shutters.Your breakfast and dishes using oranges look so delicious.
    Sarah x

  17. Querida Olimpia, me encanta esta entrada, los cítricos son mi pasión tanto en postre como para tomarlos tal cual o en zumos, me parece fabuloso todo lo que has publicado.

  18. Dear Olympia,
    Your orange goodies looks so delicious, especially the Apfel Strudel. Do you know that orange marmalade is my favorite jam? I like it with sourdough French bread. I read one time that ORANGE is the happiest color, and I believe this is true. And seeing your orange post today put a smile on my face. I even love orange in fashion and clothes.

    Have a peaceful Sunday.


  19. Such a sunny, bright, warm post - how fortunate you are to be able to fling open the shutters in the morning and look at all those cheerful citrus trees.

  20. Your citrus trees are stunning, lucky you being able to look out of the window and see them. They are some of my favourite trees - unfortunately they don't grow outside here all year, so I have to be content with a couple of little indoor lemons. You are right, they do look as nice as a decorated tree, better even, they're beautiful.

  21. I always love to see oranges growing on a tree. It only ever happens when I am somewhere warm and beautiful in winter! :)

  22. Your posts are always a treat for the eyes , happy, warm, colorful and elegant ...and I really envy you the orange trees :-)

  23. Lieve Olympia,

    Wat is er beter dan je weerstand in de wintermaanden met de nodige vitamine op pijl te houden dan met citrusvruchten....
    en zeker met die zoet-frisse sinaasappels uit Griekenland die rijpen in de zon.

    De warme oranje kleur op je prachtige foto's geven mij op zich al een vitamine boost☺☺

    Ook ik eet ze graag de appeltjes van oranje en maakte er lang geleden ook een blogje over

    Geniet van alle voorbereidingen naar Kerstmis en lieve groet!!!

  24. Dearest Olympia,
    What a delightful outlook do you have from your home onto such orange trees full of juicy fruits. Oh, how I also love to work with orange zest in many recipes, the cranberry conserve I made with orange zest and diced orange sections + orange juice I use instead of water for boiling them in. Adding some chopped walnuts and dried cranberries makes for a delightful treat. The sugar I substitute with Splenda...
    Love your Vialetto tin; one of my favorites from Italy. Dried oranges are such a great decoration, together with cinnamon sticks, anise seeds it makes for a great potpourri as well. Love all of your photos.
    Enjoy the 3rd week of Advent and hope the Christmas season is a meaningful one for you and your loved ones.

  25. You take the most fantastic photographs, dear Olypmpia...Such pleasure to be visit You here.
    Sending warm hugs from here !

  26. Great!!! These are winter impressions? Looks like autumn colours. I love oranges and your cake looks so fine.
    I wish you and your family beautiful Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Donna G.

  27. So beautiful are your orange trees, baking, and dried oranges, Olympia! The view out your window is magical and must smell heavenly! Always a special treat to come to visit your blog - a delight to the eyes. Wishing you a lovely Christmas season. Hugs xo Karen

  28. Olympia -this is just sublime - and my favourite colour too! Merry Christmas F xx

  29. Soo much to LOVE in this post...The coat is adorable....I can smell those oranges too....Always lovely to see your corner of the world, Olympia!
    Wishing you all the blessings of the season, not to mention all the trimmings too!
    Hugs and kisses Maria xxx

  30. Great - fresh oranges!!! We have only a tree with apples here ;o)
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!
    Hugs Christine

  31. Lovely blog and lovely pictures! It´s not that colourful here in Sweden, no oranges here!!!
    Have a nice christmas!

  32. Wow Olympia, I've never had fresh oranges on the table here and what it must be a joy for you ! Have thanks for sharing and those beautiful impressions ... Your orange slices smell up here! I wish you a merry Christmas and a healthy new year for you and your loved ones ! Hugs, Christine

  33. Oh, me encantaron los árboles llenos de naranjas. Es un espectáculo precioso. Saludos :)

  34. Very beautiful post and ... I was wearing orange today ! It warms up my mood in late Autumn !

  35. I hope you have better day tomorrow, o more grubby day:) You have so much what to enjoy in Greece, I wish I had money to come there to say hello to the sun.

  36. How wonderful you are writing, and the lovely orange is useful
    and had a vibrant colour I adore...I will wish you a happy christmas,
    Olympia, with family and friends. Big <3 from me :-D

  37. Orange time is christmas time, it looks
    so wonderful. The citrus trees is amazing.

  38. Such beautiful confections! And gorgeous on the trees. I prefer to eat oranges rather than drink just the juice too. You are so fortunate to have an orchard full! Merry Christmas to you!

  39. Oh, lovely!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Hugs Sofia

  40. Glorious pictures! I love oranges--eat one or two a day. Would love to open the shutters to the sight of an orchard!
    Merry Christmas!

  41. Reading this post, looking all the wonderful images - "das Wasser läuft mir im Mund zusammen" - makes my mouth water!

    Love all your December posts, like the others throughout the year, always interesting, lovely and thoughtful!
    Thank you very much, Olympia, for still reading my little blog and for all your very friendly comments! I will try hard to getting better with my commenting, next year, hopefully!


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