Here is our really tasty lime cordial alongside a jar of radish sprouts I just started.
I bought a small bag of limes when I was shopping last week and decided to work out later what I'd do with them. They cost $2.50. Last summer, my friend Nicole gave me some finger limes from her own garden. I hadn't used them before, found the flavour to be a delicious mild lime flavour and they made best cordial I've ever had. I was hooked. That memory came back to me later in the day so I finely zested and juiced the limes, added juice from two lemons from the backyard and made lime cordial. It doesn't have the complex flavour of the finger limes, but it's pretty good. Those seven limes and two lemons made up a litre of cordial which I'll serve with iced tap water or cold sparkling spring water.
Usually, we make large quantities when we preserve fruit or vegetables and that's a great thing to do. You make the fruiting season last longer and add interest to your pantry and meals by putting up a few dozen jars of peaches, jam, tomato sauce, relish or chutney. That's a great thing to do, but it's also good to preserve small amounts too and it's a good way to get started on preserving if you haven't done any yet. A small batch will take less time, the lime cordial took about 10 minutes to make, and even though you'll only make a bottle or a couple of jars, you'll have something special in your fridge or pantry.
Where I live, we have an abundance of citrus fruits in spring and summer so it's common to find offers of free lemons or oranges. If the same is true where you live, grab a bucket and do up a small batch of cordial or juice. It will set you on the preserving road and that is a really wonderful life skill to have.
Here is this week's reading list. I hope you're able to make a cup of tea and sit for a while to read them.
- Sunflower message spreads joy as thousands flock to Far North Queensland town
- Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris appeals for help
- I was sick of blokey books by dads – could mothers’ memoirs make me a better father?
- Does everything you own need to be beautiful?
- When Objects Become Extensions of You
- Don't throw away your old sweater
- Filling the larder
- The fate of antiques and heirlooms in a disposable age
- Simplifying your life, the interview
- A Guaranteed Monthly Check Changed His Life. Now He Sends Out 650.
My sincere thanks to everyone who ordered and bought the paperback Down to Earth. I hope you get a lot of good ideas and motivation from the book and that it guides you towards significant changes in your life.
Stay well everyone, especially those in areas where Covid-19 has taken hold. Have a great weekend.