Lots of stuff has been going on over the last few weeks. More on that soon. Our lime tree is still full of limes, and Sosa made tart bases. So, perfect. I love her butterscotch filling as well, but keeping that for next time!
There are two lemon tree songs – Peter, Paul & Mary’s – where the fruit of the lemon is impossible to eat, and the Fool’s Garden version. Both are pretty catchy tunes, and they stick in your head. But one is about love, young love that is strong headed, headless of advice from those who have gone before, and a final acceptance that its the bitterness of life that brings out the sweetness and makes it taste so good! The other song, I’m not sure I understand the subtleties or whether there’s some hidden meaning that’s lost on me, but it seems to recognise that people have different points of view!
I have a visual memory for both songs – standing in Dhanphul’s garden in Kachapaju, and catching ‘kamalas’ as he chucked them down from the thorny tree. He scampered up the thorny bark with ease, and we collected half a sack full of sweet limes, not to mention the many we ate and distributed on the way home! The tree was planted by his grandmother, and he shared the sackful with everyone in the village. The remaining he was planning to sell at the haat next week. The spray of juice on my fingers, digging into the tight skin, sucking the sweet sweet juice, bright yellow against the blue sky and green-brown thorns.
In the meantime, just referencing of the lemon curd recipe. The Joy of Baking site has a video which I watched, and the ‘double boiling’ over the water in the saucepan works just fine. Here are the quantities that I used. (The low-fat recipe is great too but a little too egg-y)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1/3 cup (80 ml) fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons (56 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon (4 grams) finely shredded lemon zest