Lemon aid?

28 05 2009

Help!  I have a counter full of lemons!!


It’s actually very exciting.  A friend of ours was up in my home town Petaluma at a friends and they had a tree full of lemons they weren’t using.  He asks – how many do you want?  And I say – as many as you want to bring me.  Goodness!

This would be very simple to work through except that I’m going out of town tomorrow for the weekend and won’t be here to make lovely lemon things out of them all.  So far, we’ve made lemon bars and, one of my favorites, limoncello:

  • peel of 8 lemons
  • 750 ml high proof vodka
  • 3 cups simple syrup

Soak the peel and vodka together at room temperature in a covered container for 1 to 2 weeks, the longer the better.  Strain out the peels, filter the vodka through a coffee filter (or 2), combine with the simple syrup, and enjoy!


Especially tasty when served in a pyrex measuring cup over ice. 🙂


With Jam

24 05 2009


I made apricot jam this morning and it is absolutely delicious.  I’m trying to think of other things to use it on than just toast and yogurt…thoughts?

I also spent a chunk of time yesterday and today helping my friend V out with a project he’s working on for an upcoming fashion/art show.  It involves tulle.  Lots and lots of tulle…


Off to go make a strawberry peach crisp and rhubarb chutney – hooray for fruit!


23 05 2009


The Erl and Moonpie garden is coming along quite well, especially considering how little full sun the backyard gets.  I’m in love with the tomato plants and hope we don’t get tomato worms…although, they are pretty amazing creatures and I wouldn’t mind seeing one again.  But stay away from the tomatoes!

Our arugula has already supplied 4 harvests and, since I keep pinching off the flowers, doesn’t seem likely to stop any time soon.  The beans are all finally winding their way up the strings and the zucchini is growing visibly every day.  The beets and leeks have suffered a bit:

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I don’t know if it’s the few scorching hot days we’ve had or something else…  The basil, carrots and beans seem to love the weather.  As does the parsley: