Monday, October 19, 2009

Lemons




Fortunately there is a little old lady who lives down the road who gives us her excess lemons while we patiently wait for a our lemon tree to produce a more substantial quantity of lemons. 2 is not substantial. Nor is 1. Things are looking more promising for this year (I reckon there might be 20 little lemons in the making) provided Rory doesn't practice his throwing with them.

We painted them (as you do), and used a few for cleaning (they make sinks sparkle!), and ate pancakes and yummy salmon and with the rest we made lemon cordial. I gave up waiting for cordial drinking weather (ie more than 17 degrees. Hello it's OCTOBER) because the lemons were starting to turn brown. Thankfully the cordial-drinking weather has now arrived. Not that I'm one to complain about the weather. Much. Only when making conversation with the checkout chick and the baker and the postie and mums at the park...

This cordial is lovely and refreshing and comes from Pam who is like the Adelaide version of Rhonda. I went to her 'Old-Time Kitchen Skills' workshop last year.

Lemon Cordial
Place the following in a large basin: juice of 12 lemons, rind of 8 lemons, 75g citric acid, 1.75 litres of boiling water and 2-3 kg of sugar (2 was plenty!). Stir until sugar has dissolved. Pour into bottles ready for use. Dilute with water and ice.


1 comment:

  1. Oh I do like lemon cordial, Our lemons were good this year but I made so many lemon desserts it might be hard for us to face them in years to come.
    The Stephanie Alexander cook book calls for a fair bit of preserved lemons, so that's what I'll do next year.

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