Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Afternoon Delight

Wow, what a marvelously, sunny Tuesday afternoon!

What better to hydrate yourself than some home made lemonade?

6 x Unwaxed lemons
240g Sugar
1 litre cold Water

Add the cold water to the pan and turn on the hob.
Meanwhile, take one lemon and grate the zest. Keep the zest to one side for later. Chop the lemon in chunks and add to the water. Take the remaining lemons and slice them in a variety of ways to get different sized chunks of lemon. Add all the chunks to the water and leave the lemons and water to simmer for 10 minutes. Once the lemonade comes to the boil allow to boil for approximately one minuted before removing from the hob. The lemonade needs to be put in to a jug for serving. Pour the lemonade through a sieve bit by bit. Remember you will have to squeeze the remaining juice out of the lemons. Use a wooden spoon to squeeze those final droplets out. The contents left in the sieve should be pulp like and can then be added to the compost heap. When the lemonade is all in the jug, allow to cool in the fridge for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes remove the lemonade and add the grated zest from earlier. Mix well and then serve cold. To serve fill the glass half way with the lemonade and top up the glass with cold still water.

This is my own improvised recipe and it works a treat every time. You can of course add more or less sugar to your own taste. Also, remember it is important to use unwaxed lemons. Most lemons in large supermarkets these days are in fact waxed and the last thing you want is wax in your mouth when you are trying to enjoy a refreshing beverage on a warm day.

Enjoy the sunshine, we are going to be planting some tomato seeds tomorrow.


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