Quarantinis and things; lemon edition
It is my belief that anything is better with a theme to go with it. A fun theme spices up the dull and invites us to explore and think creatively. This first edition of ’Quarantinis and things’ will be devoted to lemons. The recent pandemic has handed us all a big load of lemons. As the saying goes, we should take the time to make lemonade, but why stop there? Why not also make a big zesty triple lemon cake with meringues or some fresh lemon bread for your quarantine brunch?
Lemon and elderflower juice.
If you are lucky enough to live close to an elderflower shrub, this is the perfect time to make this delicious drink. Depending on the geographic location the elderflower will be ready for picking sometime late May to mid June.
You will need 20 flowers on stems, 3 lemons, 1l of water, 1kg sugar.
How? Well, let me tell you…
- Slice the lemons put them in a big saucepan.
- Rinse the elderflowers and put in the saucepan.
- Boil water and pour it over the lemons and elderflowers.
- Put a lid on the saucepan and keep it in a cold place for at least 24h. I recommend you keep it for twice that time if possible.
- Strain the juice clear of elderflower and lemons.
- Pour some sugar on it. About one kg will do, a little more or less depending on your taste preference.
- Boil the juice for five minutes. Remove foam continuously while boiling.
- Let the juice cool and pour it into bottles.
For all of us who are able to work from home in these trying times, brunch is a great way to treat ourselves and sprinkle some joy onto our daily pyjama pant existence.
You will need flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, powdered sugar, oat milk (or any other dairy-free milk), neutral vegetable oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla powder.
But how? Don’t worry, I will guide you…
- Preheat oven to 175°C.
- Grease a loaf pan and line with a parchment sheet.
- Mix 5 dl of flour with 3 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt in a bowl.
- Mix 2 dl of sugar, 2,5 dl of oat milk, 4 tbsp oil, 0,5 dl lemon juice, 2 tbs of lemon zest and 1 tsp of vanilla powder in a separate bowl.
- Slowly add the content of the first bowl to your second bowl and mix well.
- Pour your batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes and then put a sheet of tinfoil over your loaf to prevent burning and bake for additional 15 minutes.
- Cool your loaf on a wire rack.
- When cool enough mix 2 tbs of lemon juice with 1 tsp lemon zest and 2,5 dl powdered sugar. This will make a delicious glaze that is to be drizzled over your loaf. Let the glaze set before slicing your brunchable loaf.
Getting crafty can be a great way for you or your family to cut down on screen time. I made my earings with modelling clay from my local art supply store, it was not great. Have fun with it, use whatever material you have at home and experiment.