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Lemons

My lemon tree is laden with fruit and I’ve been using lemons as often as I can. I love them. I’ve also given quite a few to friends.

The other night I had guests for dinner and I made a lemon tart, which was very yummy. I served it with home-made blueberry sauce and ice cream. 

I forgot to take a photo of it. And though there was still quite a large piece left, when a friend dropped around the following day, we each had a slice for afternoon tea, and she took the rest home to feed to her husband and son.

I’ve squeezed a few and frozen the juice, as I like it when I have just a glass of water. I’ve also frozen some slices of lemon, as they look pretty in drinks, as well as adding a nice freshness.

I’ve made several dishes — a curry and a chicken casserole — that used lemon juice and zest of lemon (the peel) in them. And I’ll probably make osso buco soon which I always top with gremolata, which is a mix of lemon zest and finely chipped parsley and garlic, served raw — just mixed together. It’s delicious and only takes a few minutes to make. In fact I make gremolata to go with a lot of stew-type dishes but it’s also yummy with fish dishes. You can read more about it here.

I’m using them as fast as I can because it won’t be long before the possums sniff them out. Last year they nibbled off the entire peel of the lemons, leaving the fruit hanging on the tree, naked. You can read about it here.

I also like making lemon drizzle cake. There are heaps of recipes around, but since I have a gluten intolerant friend visiting soon, I’ll probably make the cake from this recipe. Almond meal (which is just ground almonds) makes a surprisingly moist cake. Alternatively I might try this recipe, which looks delicious and is also gluten-free. I made limoncello last year so I can use that, too.

What’s your favorite thing to do with lemons?

 

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Grace
Grace
10 months ago

Lemon curd, lemon pie, candied lemon peel dipped in dark chocolate

Binnie Syril Braunstein
Binnie Syril Braunstein
9 months ago

I love lemons! Lemonade, added to tea, squeezed over fish, perking up a bowl of soup, I n a Virginia Mary, and in a quasi Caesar dressing made with Worcestershire. I will also admit to eating the flesh if squeezed lemon slices. And I would ðearly love to have the recipe for the delectable lemon sugar muffins that had at the late, lamented Jordan Marsh department store in Chicago. Congrats on your gorgeous lemon tree, Anne. Enjoy, enjoy!

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
9 months ago

Thanks, Binnie Syril —yes, there are so many ways to use lemons. My parents had a wonderful Meyer lemon tree that was incredibly prolific and gave delicious lemons. We were never short of lemons, and I used them in everything. Mum used to cut them with a little stem attached, and then store them. The outside would go a bit hard but inside the flesh and juice stayed wonderful. I remember when a Lebanese friend came around to show me how to make baba ganoush her way, she saw my lemons, and said in dismay, “Oh Annie, if I’d known,… Read more »

Carol Eckelkamp
Carol Eckelkamp
9 months ago

I love your cooking but I love your books more! Don’t forget to write them!

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
9 months ago

LOL Carol. Don’t worry the cooking comes in the evening, once the writing is done. And cooking helps me think and ponder and plot. <g>

Ginny Winfree
Ginny Winfree
9 months ago

I’m from Lebanon, TN (USA-close to Nashville). Here in the south, we love our Lemon Ice Box Pie! You are blessed to have that beautiful lemon tree!

Michelle H
Michelle H
9 months ago

I’m the only one among my sisters that likes lemon…lemon anything! Of course I like a lot of things they don’t like. I used to have a lemon tree myself which I got at a discount and babied from a kind of pathetic little leftover plant at the nursery. It was great, but we moved and I could only grow one indoors here. Your tree looks absolutely amazing. I love so many lemon recipes I wouldn’t know where to start. Thank you for the Gremolata idea. I’ve never made it but I surely will now. How could I lose? Three… Read more »