Monday, August 22, 2011

All Things Lemony

Back by popular demand, is citrus. I know, I know, I promised not to post any more recipes concerning lemons limes and oranges. It seems to be the time of year that citrus is flourishing however, and we must take advantage of that! When I was a kid we had a fantastic lemon tree in the back yard. It seemed to have a perpetual load of huge lemons hanging off it. My brother and I used to eat them on occasion, and see who could hold the straightest face. I now hear that downs-syndrome children are particular to eating Its a great source of vitamin C.
A fresh lemon squeezed onto the hands can also rid those unpleasant onion and garlic smells that can otherwise linger for days on a cook's hands, no matter how many times you wash them. I hear lemons are also great cleaning agents around the house, and people scrub out their refrigerators with them. But I still think lemons are best for eating on the whole...Margaret Fulton says she uses them in just about every dish, as it adds a certain zing to the meals. It's time to get a lemon tree!

Anyway, I know it seems kind of summery, but a lovely lady I know asked if I had a good lemonade recipe, and I promised her I would pop it up on the blog. Its an age old one that comes from a recipe book we used as kids...very 1950's and always falling apart at the binding from use. Its a true winner. I have been making it ever since I discovered it when I was about 7 years old. I recently made it for a picnic and one friend thought it would also be nice made with soda water. I don't know how it would go, but if anyone tries that, please let me know! I am also adding a very special recipe at the end, passed on from my dear Oma, God rest her soul. Its for her famous lemon cordial, and although I have not made it yet, I do remember drinking glasses of it at my Grandparent 's house! It's on my to do list! Thanks to my cousin Adam for sharing it with us!


1 cup sugar
3 lemons, juiced (1/2 cup)
4 cups cold water

Put the sugar and 1 cup of water into a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Boil for five minutes. Then add remaining water and remove from heat. Add the lemon juice and stir through the water. Leave to cool and serve with ice.

Serves 4


10 Lemons = 400mL Juice
1 kg Sugar
700mL Water

Grate the rind of 2 lemons then add to water, boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add sugar, dissolve and cool.
Squeeze the juice of the lemons and add the mixture through a sift.
Bottle and store in fridge.
Makes approx. 2 litres.

My son Ben loved sucking on a wedge of lime back in December. His face would turn so sour but he would keep going back for more!



  1. Thank you Lou. I will definitely make both of these. xo

  2. awesome! let me know how you go!


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