Growing up, my mother would get boxes of mandarin oranges at Christmas time. How well I remember eating orange after orange while watching Christmas movies and reading books (my favorite hobby). It was a very special treat and probably gave me a lot of vitamin C during cold and flu season!
Oranges are one of those foods that speak Christmas to me. As does desserts like orange curd…more on that in a second.
One of Real Food Media’s sponsors, Chaffin Family Orchards offered to send me a box of their mandarins and I said “Yes, please!” All those memories rushed back as I sampled these delicious sweet and tart oranges. And these are way better than my childhood ones because they are cultivated to organic standards (though not certified), the peels haven’t been treated in the least, and they came from old trees which means flavorful and sweet oranges.
After enjoying these for a day or two and loving how good they were, I asked Chris of Chaffin Family Orchards if he would like to do a giveaway of these beautiful oranges. I was thrilled that he agreed. One lucky reader will get a beautiful large box of mandarin oranges, worth 40 dollars retail. For the rest of you, I would definitely consider buying a box this Christmas season (shipping is free). They ship until December the 14th.
To Enter the contest, keep reading. But first let me give you a lovely recipe for mandarins, orange curd. It’s sweet and creamy and really quite simple to make. The mandarins were a great choice for the curd since they are really flavorful with just a slight tartness to it. I filled little tart shells with the curd and topped with fresh mandarin oranges (delicious!). You can also use it as a cake filling, top fresh fruit with it, serve it on top of chocolate pudding (doesn’t that sound divine?), or just eat it off the spoon (seriously good).
Sweet Orange Curd
This is a more frugal version of curd, because, like the Joy of Cooking’s version, I use whole eggs instead of just the egg yolks. However, you could substitute 6 egg yolks for the whole eggs for a super rich curd.
3 large eggs
1/4 cup of honey
Grated zest of one orange (1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice juice
6 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, ghee, or butter.
1-In a medium stainless steel or enamel saucepan, whisk together the first three ingredients until light colored.
2-Add the the coconut oil, ghee or butter, breaking it into small clumps as you drop it into the pot for even melting. Then add the orange juice.
3-Cook, whisking, over medium heat until the coconut oil is melted. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens and you start to see a few bubbles popping at the surface, and remove immediately from the heat, still whisking to prevent the eggs from getting overcooked.
4-Scrape into a fine sieve set over a bowl. Strain the curd by gently stirring through the sieve.
5-Refrigerate for several hours to thicken. Will keep about one week in the refrigerator.
This contest will end on December the first at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org, and will be announced on December the 2nd. You must live within the United States to enter this contest.
Like all of the giveaways done with my sponsors I will be receiving a small compensation for hosting this giveaway.
Thanks so much Chaffin Family Orchards for a great Holiday Giveaway!
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I wish I could buy some of their chickens!
oooo…the grass fed lamb. We love lamb!
I love home made jams, and the nectarine and peach jams sound delicious. The grass fed lamb sounds wonderful too.
Would love to see more olives available. You sparked my interest with your home cured olives post!
definitely olives! the oranges don’t look to shabby either! 😉
Definitely the chickens. I’m always looking for a source of healthy meat…
The mandarins sound wonderful! Cherries would be lovely for online ordering.
I’d love to see the olive oil available! I’ve seen other real food bloggers rave about its mild flavor.
The cherries get my vote for online ordering. It was next to impossible this year to find them in our area, and oh, how we missed them!
I wanted the olive oil, I went online and didn’t realize that it wasn’t available online, I hear all the bloggers talking about it and would love to get it!!
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It would be so FABULOUS to be able to by uncured olives and do them ourselves.
mmm those mandarins are making my mouth water. I’d like to see all their citrus fruit available online.
Hummm, everything, really: the lamb, the clementines, the grapefruits, the olives, hard to decide. Maybe the olive oil?
I would like to see figs online. We don’t see too many where we live.
organic mandarins…a real treat on our budget! (The cherries would be pretty good, too. 🙂
Oh what a wonderful website. Do I have to choose one? I am a self professed olive lover, but cherries have my heart too. It is a toss up I can’t make so I say Olives and Cherries.
I would really like to see the figs on-line to ship. They sound like they would be just devine! THanks.
I would love to order some of their figs and olive oil. Sounds delicious and so nourishing.
Thanks! Love your recipes & the contest is great too!
I would love to order bing cherries and grass-fed lamb if available. Their website (and farm) is beautiful. Oranges and avacodos very nice also.
I’m from Florida and I really miss the fresh citrus! We’ve just switched to juicing our own oranges when we give the kids juice (a few times a week) and it’s a thousand times better! The navel oranges would be great for this…and I’d love to try the mandarins!
Olive oil, hands down. No wait…maybe the cherries!
Mmmmm – oranges!!!!
I would love to see the lemons available online. My mother loves lemon curd and I’ve always wanted to try making it from scratch, but the lemons in the store are so lame.
I have to say the lemons. I love homemade lemon curd and will file your orange curd recipe away to try.
Grass fed beef & cherries – always looking for good beef.
I would like to see the figs and olive oil online.
Wanted to let folks know we are having a two day sale. Today and tomorrow the mandarins are only $33.99 and that includes FREE SHIPPING!
On top of that I see a lot of you enjoy the olives and I posted BLACK OLIVES in the store.
We also will have more of our EXTRA VIRGIN MISSION OLIVE OIL next week and we are taking orders for that as well if you want to be the first to get those when we have them again.
Wow, they have so many lovely products that are raised in such healthy ways. I think the lemons would be my first choice, then the figs, and then the broiler chickens. Thanks for the giveaway.
wow! what a response! i would be most interested in figs or any citrus!
Thanks for letting us know about the Chaffin Family Orchards. Their orangens sound delicious.!
I’d like to see the cherries available online!!
Hmmm. I’d have to say their meats and other citrus fruits would be my faves to see sold online. Oh how I love citrus fruits at Christmastime!
I’d love to see the olive oil available, as there has been controversy surrounding some of the store brands not being 100% lately…
the olives or olive oil!!! we’d love to buy directly from source…
I’d like to see their meats, especially the chicken and beef available online. I enjoyed reading about the Guardian Dogs.
mmmm! One of my daughters favorites!!!! I want the OLIVE OIL! Sounds so yummy!
I would love to be able to order good figs online!
Alisa - Frugal Foodie
I don’t know how possible it is, but I would love to be able to order their grass-fed beef. It is hard to find in my area.
Nectarines, Peaches, Apricots, Cherries, Avocados, Fresh Olives. I guess I like my stone fruit (and olives).
Everything on their website looks yummy! My picks are the jams, and the olive oil. The olive oil sounds soooo delicious!
The olive oil looks amazing! And the olives sound wonderful, too. Thanks for introducing me to this company. I’d love to win the mandarin oranges!
Hmmm…..the mandarins look awesome, and so does the olive oil! YUM YUM
I’d definitely love to try some of their grass-fed beef!
Chickens. The very good ones are hard to find.
I’d like to see more sites offering poultry so I’d vote for the chicken. Thanks!
Mmmm…fresh figs! I don’t know how well that would work with shipping, but fresh figs are probably my fave fruit!
The mandarins sound so yummy. I bet their jams are too!
How do you enter? The “click here to enter” button takes me to the Farm’s website to order.
At first I thought olive oil – we go through so much here it would be nice to get a large size and the peppery finish sounds good too – but then I saw the grass fed beef, which would be nice for my husband, and the figs, which I would love too. Decisions, decisions!
Everything looks great~we’d love to see the broiler and stewing chickens!