Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lemons in Winter


Winter is the time for lemons. They are plentiful at the markets and finally we have some on our lemon tree. When we renovated the house we planted what I like to call a citrus grove but which is in fact a large fecund lime tree, a smaller lemon tree, a cumquat tree, a grapefruit tree which produces heavy sour fruit and an orange tree which never fruits which I think the gardener planted by accident.

At the moment I have so many limes I have piled them up in a tall glass vase something like this:





They are yellow and thus impersonating lemons because they are overripe. Still look great however.

So for today, Two lemon recipes:

Lemon drink for little children

Ingredients

3 lemons
2 tbs caster sugar
2 tbs honey
500 ml boiling water
ice cubes

Method

Thinly pare the rind from the lemons, leaving behind as much bitter white pith as possible. Cut into thin strips and place into a large bowl with the sugar and honey. Reserve lemons.

Pour boiling water into the bowl and stir until sugar and honey are dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Strain the liquid into a jug. Squeeze juice from reserved lemons into jug. Chill until ready to serve then serve in tumblers with ice.

Decadent lemon sauce for pasta

Ingredients

6 prawns deveined and shelled
200 g angelhair pasta
1 tbs butter
1 tbs grated lemon rind
2 tbs thickened cream
2 tbs white wine
tiny pinch of chilli powder (optional)
juice from one lemon
salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

Cook pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.

Meanwhile, cut the prawns into small pieces about 1.5 cm square and fry gently in some olive oild until they lose their translucency.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan and add the lemon rind, cooking gently for a minute. Add the wine and cook for a minute, then add the cream and chilli powder (if using). Add the prawn pieces and stir for a minute.

Turn the heat off, toss pasta through the sauce, add salt and pepper and serve in warmed bowls. Add a splash of lemon juice if your palate is feeling the need for an extra hit of lemon.

Happy end of financial year. I for one am pleased to see the back of it.









1 comment:

Anna said...

Oh I am so hooked on Lemon at the moment...going to try my hand at Making a Lemon Meringue Pie tonight..fingers crossed it isnt a flop.. :) x

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