A friend of ours graciously donated to us an abundance of Meyer lemons from her backyard. This was perfect timing since I had been wanting to try a recipe I keep hearing about – Preserved lemons.
It’s a condiment found mostly in Morocco and India as well as Middle Eastern and African spreads of food. Commonly used alongside curries and stews, preserved lemons can be paired with pretty much anything, salads, seafood even as a piquant side dish to roasted meats and poultry. I like to blend it up into a lemony vinaigrette to dress my salads and grains (quinoa can be quite bland and boring all by itself).
The recipe it simple:
- Blanch the lemons and wipe clean
- Thinly slice the lemons
- Discard the seeds and the ends
- Layer the slices in the bottom of a jar
- Sprinkle sugar & salt over lemons
- Repeat layering lemons and salt/sugar until the jar is full
- Give it at least 3 days to “cure”
- Alternately, you can top the jar off with olive oil. Your preference.
After I used all the lemons, I stumbled upon A Little Life. A blog which gave me the brilliant idea to make a lemon-infused-honey tea base.
Unimpressed? Read directly from her site:
She produced a glass container from the very back of her fridge and dug out a giant dollop of amber colored jam that she uncermoniously gloped into a cup. She poured boiling water over it, and handed me my mug. Wow, the most glorious thing I’ve ever tasted…it was fruity, and warming, and totally blissful. I was suprised to find it only contained two ingredients as well…sliced lemons and honey. She said when she ever had extra lemons she sliced them up and added them to her jar…extra honey? Same thing.
Lemons sliced, put into a jar and covered with honey. Simple, two ingredients and perfect for a cold winters day or at the onset of some sniffles. Personally, there is nothing better than an old fashioned, hot toddy waiting for you after a long day of snowboarding! In fact, I hear the kettle calling now… ebullience?