Try #Lemon Curd

Instead of jam, lemon curd can be sharp and refreshing. The secret is to keep the sugar content low, just enough.

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Simple ingredients for lemon curd

Whisk the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter. Cook in the microwave for one minute at a time, stirring after each minute. Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon you are finished.

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Heated ingredients

I place quantities in squares of cling film to freeze. Whenever I need some lemon curd, I thaw a  cling film sachet, undo the tie and squeeze the contents into a very small bowl, just enough for one or two helpings. This way, no lemon curd is wasted. It’s delicious on wholemeal bread.

For an extra tang, I place a layer of it over my Pavlova meringue. After this, I add whipped cream followed by chopped fruit to decorate. It contrasts well with the sweet meringue.

Lush lemons!

 

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Useful #Avocados

Do you like avocados? I like them but I have to disguise them for one family member. I serve them chopped or mashed and sprinkled with salt and lemon juice. Maybe I place them under chopped beetroot so the taste is disguised! For breakfast, I like them on wholemeal toast sprinkled with home-grown chilli flakes.

What to do with all those avocado stones? I allow them to get wet under a garden sprinkler and hope for shoots.

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Just a few avocado stones

I may also place them in the soil around a plant in a shady container. They are watered regularly. The avocado stones enjoy the warmth. Eventually, they develop leaves and a strong tap root. Now I plant them in sunny and shady places. I think those in shade will thrive. The young avocado plant in full sun may not be so successful. We’ll wait and see. I surround them with chicken wire to keep them safe from our dogs who like to chew young, tender leaves!

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A young avocado plant

As trees, they take some time to fruit but the foliage is attractive. I prefer them as a group or in a row.

Try A Speedy #Lemon Pudding

We find our lemon tree laden with fruit from about December to May.

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Our last lemons

The lemons are irregular in size and taste pungent.

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Our irregular lemons

For our daily waking up drink, we use them sliced in hot water and honey. When there is a glut of lemons, I make a speedy lemon posset. I just whip about one pint or half a litre of cream. When it is firming up, I add the juice of about six lemons. Sugar is added to taste. I freeze the posset in bags to eat with a sweet tart.

Lemons slices are good for wiping dust off indoor plant leaves too!