Recipes

Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Monday, October 03, 2016
For marmalade officados, this combination of grapefruit and lemon produces a deliciously sweet and tangy preserve. Our abundant Marsh grapefruit and Meyer lemon trees form the basis of many of my marmalade recipes. The Meyer lemon, slightly sweeter than other lemon varieties and with a distinctive golden yellow colour offset the intense grapefruit flavour. To get a ruby – blushed marmalade substitute yellow grapefruit with a ruby variety.    Read More . . .
 

Punjab Pickled Limes

Thursday, June 30, 2016

These pickled limes are hot and salty and sweet and sour all in one mouthful. Easy to prepare, the limes are pickled over two days, but don't dismay, the limes are soaking either in water or salt for most of this time. The final finishing only takes about 60 minutes.Originating from the North Indian Punjab region, noted for its pallows, biryani, qorma (korma), haleem and nihari these home preserved pickled limes are a wonderful addition to your next curry night.

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Kaffir Lime and Chili Jelly

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The fragrance of kaffir lime and lemon grass is teamed  with the chili zing to make this wonderfully fresh and vibrant jelly. The tart clean flavour of the faithful Granny Smith apple underpins the vivacious citrus and chili tones. Jazz up your next roast lamb or roast pork with a spoonful or two, serve with cream cheese and crackers or for something different try it with smoked salmon. A fabulous addition to the pantry;  a taste explosion just waiting to happen. For chili lovers – add more chilies to taste   Read More . . .

 

4 Fruit Marmalade

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Start the day with this classic marmalade and spread some sunshine and goodness on your favourite toasted breakfast bread. These simple steps show you how to make your own unique marmalade using the complementary citrus flavours of grapefruit, sweet oranges and lemon combined with green cooking apples. The result is unique and reminiscent of the English 17th Century marmalades which were made from a combination of pippins (apples) and citrus fruits. Happy Marmalading!
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Preserved Lemon

Monday, October 14, 2013

The salty sour combination of preserved lemons may sound unusual but it really works! Their versatility is beginning to be recognised beyond their point of origin in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Try adding chopped preserved lemon to rice dishes, salad dressings, salads that contain fetta cheese or olives or to the stuffing for roast chicken or fish and you’ll be surprised at the freshness and zing it adds. This is an essential pantry item for any adventurous cook or kitchen gardener. It may take 4 weeks to mature before you can use them, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Over winter preserve some lemons for yourself and friends as they also make a wonderful culinary gift.    Read More . . .

 

Lime Cordial

Monday, September 16, 2013

My morning ritual for many  years during the water restrictions was to bucket water to our small  citrus grove of Navel, Washington and Blood Oranges, Honey Murcott Mandarins, Tahitian and Kaffir  Limes  and  Myer Lemons. At ten litres a time and  a minimum of 60 litres per tree, it seemed like a never ending and fruitless task. The summers were fierce and unrelenting,  multiple days of 38 - 42 degrees and  hot north winds that would take your breath away and burn your nostrils. It was disheartening watching vegetables wither and die within hours. Not because they lacked water.They just couldn't take up the water quickly enough to replace the transpiration of water through their leaves.   Read More . . .