December 7, 2004
When Life Gives You A Lemon

LEMON.JPGWell, we all know what you are supposed to do when life gives you lemons, right? But what do you do with a single lemon? Specifically, what do you do when your darling baby lemon tree that you have carefully cherished since last March finally gives off its one perfect piece of fruit?

My darling critical husband suggested a nice gin and tonic to accompany our first citrus product, but as I am still in abstinence-mode this didn't seem entirely fair to me. (Can you tell he's English, by the way?) It's a small(ish) lemon, so I don't think we would get more than a half glass of lemon juice. If my stepdaughter were here, she would just eat it raw; one of her more charming food obsessions is a love of raw, unsweetened lemon. But that's not really me, either.

So, to all our clever readers out there: any suggestions? What can you do with a single lemon to enjoy its unique home-grown flavour without mixing with other waxed, non organic, store-bought ones? I noticed that Pascal's recipe (on C'est moi qui l'ai fait!) for lemon curd only calls for two lemons, so I could conceivably make a half recipe and a small cake. Any other ideas? I am depending on you all!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at December 7, 2004 12:47 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

I like to bake lemon with vegies- cut up a potato, some artichoke hearts, asparagus, tomato, cut the lemon into a few big chunks, toss with bit of garlic and olive oil, throw in to a baking dish. Top with some feta and greek olives if you desire (higly recomended). When I have fresh dill, I thow some in, as well. Cover and bake for about 30 mins. The lemon infuses all the vegies with a nice lemony flavor, and the baked lemon is great to eat, skin and all.

Posted by holly on December 8, 2004 at 8:00 AM
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