Last week I was sad to see one of the boughs on our lemon tree starting to snap from under the weight of a gazillion lemons... so I salvaged all the ripe lemons off of the bough and got this...
D'ya wanna see something scary? Even after harvesting all those lemons off just one branch, the tree still looks like this...!
So I am on a mission to USE LEMONS...!
I have made lemon curd. I checked out recipes on the net and found this one, but then made up my own recipe, which uses the whole egg rather than just the yolk. I consider this to be a far more usable concept in cooking :)
rind and juice of 4 lemons
1 1/2 c sugar
Lightly whisk the eggs and sugar together in a saucepan, then add the other ingredients. Whisk continually over a medium heat until the mixture has thickened to a custard-like texture then allow to cool in the pan. Decant into sterilised jars.
I've made about twenty jars of lemon curd and given nearly all away to my friends; and they have been surprisingly appreciative, especially considering most of us have lemon trees :D
Cassie devised this clever idea...
This is mango jelly, made up with the juice from the lemons plus water up to volume, and poured inside the hollowed-out half lemon shells to set. It can be eaten by scooping the jelly straight out of the half shells, or cut up into wedges like this. Looks quite pretty on the plate, don't you think?... Clever and delicious!
I know I know, this isn't really "using" lemons since they too still have to be consumed at some point. But one may as well enjoy the visual beauty of laden branches too, yes? Alongside there is my newest knitting project, hehehe...
I hesitate to mention this last one, since I get a "look" from everyone irl I have mentioned it to... I am also drinking a lemon a day... without any added sugar. I fully realise how strange this sounds but honestly I am enjoying it now. It only took a few days to get used to drinking unsweetened diluted lemon juice but now I am acclimatised I cannot imagine going back to adding sugar ever again. I used to add sugar to my lemon juice, but it always bothered me. I decided I would wean myself off by gradually reducing the amount of sugar I was adding but then I just decided to go cold turkey. And it worked! I am getting a good shot of vitamin C, without the extra sugar. I am cool with it now.
Juice of 1 lemon, diluted up to a glassful...
A glass a day keeps the common cold at bay!
And we are slowly getting through those lemons!
Incidentally, does anyone know a good limoncello recipe?
Now perhaps I should start thinking what to do about this...