One of the great things about illness is that it concentrates both mind and body towards healing. It forces you to do its bidding.
While in hiatus I couldn’t, no matter how much I wanted to, avoid the need for an afternoon nap. After a week or two of thinking I was giving into premature old age, I gave in and surrendered to deep and dreamless sleep, a throw rug pulled up over me, waking in time for dinner. By which time I would be ravenous.
i craved certain foods. I was mad for dark chocolate, strawberries, eggs, but only cooked as simply as possible, not fried; I wanted ginger, a sprinkle of salt across everything (prompting me one afternoon to make the salted caramel in the previous recipe) and a salad with every evening meal. Most days I ate bananas.
Then I went shopping and stopped short in front of a huge display of ruby grapefruit and on impulse I bought two. Ordinarily, I hate grapefruit. Now, I wanted to add them to that evening salad. Continue reading Day 2 – Chicken and Ruby Grapefruit Salad
I don’t drink soft drink and would be hard pressed to tell you the last time I had anything other than tonic or sparkling mineral water, but goodness I enjoy a good old-fashioned cordial, especially in the warmer months.
And by old-fashioned, I mean just that: Not for me the garish red food colouring and array of additives that go into a jar of lolly water. I want natural colouring, simple techniques, tried and tested recipes. If that means a bottle of home-made cordial lasts a month at best in the fridge rather than six months on a shelf, I don’t mind. At least I know exactly what’s gone into it. Even better, I can add it to a range of beverages for a decidedly grown up summer drink. Can’t do that with lolly water.
Now, this being a recipe basic, I’m sticking with the flavour I most enjoy – Lemon. There are endless variations of course, mainly relying on citrus fruit or fruits with a lot of natural pectin, such as berries. I plan to play with some more recipes as the summer progresses and other fruits come into season, but for now let’s stick with the basics – grab some lemons, buy a few limes if you are not lucky enough to have them growing in your garden and head to your supermarket to buy a couple of odd sounding products – tartaric acid and citric acid. Trust me they are there.
Continue reading Basics – Cordial