May 21, 2004
When Life Gives You Lemons...

lemons.gif Yesterday I decided to try something new in the vegetable department. I had read Alberto's recipe for a stuffed eggplant recently and was inspired to try something similar. However, being very lazy, I decided to try a shortcut and make a stuffed eggplant without bothering with the stuffing-in-the-shell part. It didn't work. I should have realized that just as stuffing outside the bird doesn't taste nearly as nice as stuffing propertly stuffed into the bird, so eggplant stuffing merely baked in a pan isn't nearly as soft and delicious as when it's properly cooked in its shell. So: no pictures, no recipe.

Instead, I'm going to tell you how easy and wonderful it is to make lemonade. When is the last time you made fresh lemonade? It's amazing how quick and easy and absolutely delicious it is, and yet I'll bet not many people out there make it very often. Yesterday being a holiday in this Catholic country (Ascension) I was at home for lunch and made myself a five-minute feast that brought back my childhood with a bang: fresh lemonade, a chicken breast and mayo sandwich and a couple of Vlassic classic pickles.

The lemonade took about two minutes to make and was gone almost as quickly. To wit: take two lemons and slice them in halves. Take one wooden lemon reamer and extract their juice over a wide-lipped jug. Add 1/3-1/2 cup sugar and stir well. Gradually add water until you have about a litre, tasting as you go for sugar and wateriness. Serve over ice with a nice sandwich.

Lemonade tends to be less messy than orange juice because you need fewer fruits to make a decent amount - no need to get out the juicer attachment for your food processor, no piles of sticky empty citrus halves all over the place. I make it quite often, actually, especially in the winter when you need a bit of sunshine.

Posted by Meg in Sussex at May 21, 2004 4:59 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

The best lemonade is the kind you get at the street fairs all summer long in Chicago, where they squeeze the juice in over a glass of ice, water and sugar and stir it in.

It's usually 90 degrees out and accompanied by sweet corn. Perfect.

Posted by Barrett on May 21, 2004 at 7:35 AM

Well, actually, the best is the one I make in my kitchen. But I agree that the Chicago street fair variety is pretty good too. Mine is a lot cheaper, though...

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 21, 2004 at 8:14 AM

I haven't had your lemonade so I can't comment. Does it confuse the Critic when you call the still lemony stuff lemonade? I think the Brits refer to fizzy lemon drinks as lemonade.

Posted by Barrett on May 21, 2004 at 9:33 AM

No, but the first time I made it with his daughter it did - when I asked if she wanted to make lemonade her eyes went wide and she said "yeah!!" and I realized she was way too excited for flat lemon-flavoured water and had to explain. That said, she is a lemon-fiend and will eat the unsweetened lemons out of your icewater or off your seafood platter. Maybe my early training with US-style lemonade? Who knows...

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 21, 2004 at 9:44 AM
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