Recently I got a batch of fresh organic lemons from the garden of friends and I really could not resist trying the preparation of a refreshing marmalade.
I googled here and there to get enough knowledge in order to prepare something I knew everybody would love and something I could prepare as a gift for friends especially for my Christmas baskets.
My Greek lemons were quite huge, around 250-300 each, thick zest and not so many seeds. The smell was so intense and delicate at the same time that I had to try to preserve it in a jar for next months!
This recipe does not need additional pectin as the seed and the filaments are the source of the jelly. Well, as I supposed, my lemons did not have a lot seeds, so I needed to cook the marmalade a bit longer (not 20 minutes as “usually”), but it worked and the result is amazing. With 4 lemons I got 4 small jars of about 200 ml.
The quantity is easy: same amount in weight of lemons, water and sugar. Be aware that the amount of water will be reduced while cooking and I did not add more water.
You don’t need to use exactly 1000 g lemons and so on, adjust the quantities of water and sugar according the weight of the lemons.
It’s always a big advantage havening at home many delicious ingredients ready to be used for surprising good preparation as this salad or side dish with a preserved lemon dressing. I know that this can be hardly be found in your shop, but you can easily prepare some or better than nothing for this recipe use simply a mixture of lemon juice, lemon zest and salt.
For the preparation I used the ingredients listed below, but you can use any vegetables who would fit to be roasted in the oven. I served the dish warmfebeta from the oven, but it can be served lukewarm or cold as salad as well.
Suggestion: prepare more dressing and serve it with grilled chicken breasts.
For the recipe for preserved lemons click HERE
Lentils with tomatoes sauce and smoked speck or “zampone” (Pork sausage foot) are a very traditional North Italian dish. Try this Moroccan recipe very similar to the Italian one but enriched with a lot of spices and a delicious yogurt sauce.
The quantity of spices can be adapted to your taste; I know, I tend to use a lot of them!
This serves 4-6 persons, but if you have leftovers, you will see that the lentils are even better the day after.
The cooking time depends on the lentils, mines needed about 40 minutes.
This year I’ve spent my Easter holidays in Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) where we enjoyed lukewarm days with the family and with friends.
After lunch we decided to have a walk, not hiking, but simply a few enjoyable hours in the nature around the protected area of the lake of Origlio.
No camera, this time, but my smartphone with one of my favorite apps “Wikiloc” to record the trail. So we are, I hope some of you will enjoy the photos and perhaps once the walk!
The first time I saw this coffee at the table of neighbors in a restaurant I wondered what kind of dessert it was but I did not ask for this. We had a great meal and I really did not need more food or sweets.
A few days later we tried the “café leche leche” witch is a simpler version of coffee with milk and condensed milk without the liquor. But we still did not try the barraquito.
As I wanted to replicate the “café leche leche” I came across the barraquito.
The photos were spectacular and I found that we need to try this and see how it works.
Looking at the pictures in the web I realized that the layers were quite different, mostly 5 different layers but even more.
The density and viscosity of the ingredients are the key of this impressive coffee, but also the technique is very important as pouring the ingredients quickly would. The chronological sequence of pouring the ingredients is also very important and the results may very different.
In some of the descriptions steps 4 and 5 (foamy milk and espresso) are inverted!
Sometimes some of the ingredients are mixed first (coffee + liquor or milk +coffee).
Well, I decide to try as I described but as well as inverting steps 4 and 5. The results?
Guess, look at the pictures? Which one got the espresso first?
Finally I changed the experiment adding in this sequence: condensed milk, liquor, half of the coffee, hot milk, second part of the coffee and foam of the milk (with little milk). I got 6 layers!
There was another problem to solve: I missed Licor 43 or Tía María. I replaced this an orange-liquor. The result? WOW this was so good! Probably the liquor should be think and “heavy” enough. Psst: in my next experiment I combined the orange liquor with agave syrup for less alcohol, this worked perfectly as well!
A barraquito is something between a coffee and a delicious dessert! Next time in Tenerife I try this and I will bring home a bottle of Licor 43 or/and Tía María!
Solution of the question: the glass with high white level just after the liquor got the milk first.
This is a great cake with great results adapted from Lynette’s apple cake recipe.
I substituted the butter with 1/2 cup of sunflowers oil (only for personal preference) and I did not use butter in the frosting, Walnuts were my alternative to pecan (local product in Europe). I also made a bigger portion as a used a big mold.
I prepared this for a party, so that I made this a little bit more flat and I cut this in small pieces (finger food!). It was a great hit and it was very much appreciated!
It’s very use to produce some homemade cosmetics and it’s a lot of fun.
Make your cosmetic products simply with the culinary ingredients and bee products as well as herbs from the garden.
Last week I prepared a great set as gift for birthday and it was funny way for myself to discover some new interesting ingredients.
As all skin products, some people may be allergic to this or to that, you have to adjust the recapture to your needs!
Tip: combine beeswax and oil by melting them in a small pot to about 80°C or better in a small bowl over a pot of boiling water.
Note: the Beeswax Skin Balsam is not in the photo.
The all-purpose balm described below, is the balm I use for my skin since ages and I’m very happy with this. Perfect to protect you skin against the cold weather and to take care of your hands before and after gardening! If you need a sun protection I use a sun protection cream before and then our beeswax cream.
The second version is very similar, the only difference is the addition of Tiger Balm. Tiger balm isn’t designed for use on lips, but I discovered that in small amounts it works well against irritated lips or nose; but be careful, maximum 1% Tiger balm content in you mix and only for one or two days! If it is too much this will either irritate you skin!
Salt Bath make you feel the water smooth and sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. This also can help balance and improve hydration, strengthen the protective barrier of our skin.
Rosemary and lemon scent together give us a lot energy and they work as mood enhancer.
This is an old very powerful method to improve the texture of your skin. It can also help to fight acne!
Crystals of sugar work a natural scrub, the oil and beeswax are a great carrier and help you skin to smooth the skin while you are scrubbing with the crystal. Lavender texture works as scrub but also gives to the mixture a great scent!
Foot soaks are very effective against tiresome of feet, dry and damaged skin of feet, cracked heels, stinky feet and many others. Take a foot basin large enough to hold both of your feet in it, add 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Then soak your feet for about 30 minutes and keep rubbing your feet gently using your fingertips or a sponge. In this way you will remove a lot dead cells and exfoliate the skin. Rinse well with water and apply any of good hand and body lotion to keep your feet moisturized. Best if you use the Beeswax balm I’ve suggested
The use of the avocado pit was the most surprising discovery of this beauty set! I would have never thought that this could be used and in the internet I saw that this can be used as additive to food!
The procedure of preparing the pit was easy: wash, remove the dark skin, grate and let it dry overnight or more if necessary. Then process it to get the powder! The colors changes form light to dark orange in only a few minutes, that’s OK, no worry! Here a few more suggestion how to use this seed: https://toughnickel.com/frugal-living/avocado-seed
Since I discovered “Wikiloc” at the moment my favorite App, I’m looking around for small excursions and opportunities to enjoy the nature, take pictures and to do something for our health.
Last weekend the weather was great, warm down here in the town, but the same time I saw that in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) everything was covered with fresh coat of snow!
We decided to try and we followed a trail around a small lake which I discovered in the map.
As we did not get early in the morning and lunch time was approaching my family decided to stop in a restaurant we got a great colored meal and a some Black Forest cake! We eat with the eyes as well, don’t we?
Well after the lunch we tried to take a trail in the forest which was marked in the map, but almost invisible in the nature (see the title!)! Trees over the trail and about 40 cm snow. We tried to follow the trail, as least we knew where we were and we could not get lost. It was fantastic, away from everybody else, an incredible light; a dream landscape!
With the snow we spent much more time as expected, we reached the summit as the skiing area was empty and we enjoyed the sunset walking back to the starting point.
What a great day!
Note: Photos by my daughter and myself
Trail link with more photos: