How are you doing? I realize that is mostly a rhetorical question – although I would absolutely welcome replies from all of my almost 300 readers.
Who wouldn’t be distressed right now? It seems frivolous to talk about events in my kitchen, even though it is a source of great comfort. I can (mostly) control things there while around me everything feels out of control and falling apart.
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”
– Ijeoma Oluo
We all have hidden biases and prejudices. Knowing and examining them is the first step to having an open heart.
Covid still silently stalks us In the midst of demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice. I understand the anger and frustration of the marchers, and the feeling of solidarity in joining together. We have all been separated during the shelter-in-place orders. But Covid-19 is still out there, we won’t know who or where it will strike for another few weeks. Where do we go from here? I really don’t know.
So, I will go to my kitchen.
In my kitchen I have the remainder of a jar of lemon/lime curd. There isn’t much left and I will soon make another batch. We love it on toast or an English muffin for breakfast, or on a cracker with a cup of tea as a mid afternoon pickup.
Here’s the strange thing, the yellow colored citrus fruit is a lime and the green ones are unripe lemons. If you leave a lime on the tree long enough it turns yellow even though it still tastes like a lime.
I made the curd sous vide which ensures you don’t actually curdle the eggs. It’s a perfect batch every time.
Makes about 1 1/4 cup
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice or a combination of lemons and limes
- 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat your water bath to 180 degrees F (82 degrees C)
- Sterilize a 1 pint canning jar, lid and ring (I just pour boiling water into the jar and let it sit until the water bath is heated or put it through your dishwasher)
- Place the egg yolks in a small food processor
- Add the sugar and pulse until it dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly
- Add the lemon juice and melted butter, pulse to incorporate. Don’t over process or it will turn frothy.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared jar.
- Seal the jar, finger tight, in immerse in the water bath for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Remove the jar from the water, open the jar and stir to mix. Reseal.
- Cool in an ice/water bath and refrigerate.
This will store for up to 2 weeks if it lasts that long. You can also freeze it.
The weather has finally warmed enough to sit outside with a glass of wine in the early evening. I made pizza with a crust of puffed pastry, perfect for alfresco dining.
We’ve also dusted and uncovered the grill. These Turkish lamb chops were delicious.
A cloudy chilly day brought me back indoors for slow baked salmon with a charred broccoli pesto.
We’ve had lots of salads from the garden and the first zucchini squash.
I am looking forward to snap peas and green beans, it will probably be a few more weeks until they are ready to harvest. Meanwhile I have been enjoying vegetables out of the Nye Ranch CSA box.
In my kitchen I have flowers. Our rhododendrons are blooming, also poppies and many other flowers. I always have a fresh bouquet nearby.
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