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21 May 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons ...

When the lemons started falling off by themselves, we knew it was time to harvest the bounty from our patio's Dwarf Meyer lemon tree. Mom's tree was equally laden, so we decided to team up and can a few jars of our favorite lemon relish, the Hot Lemon Pickle (Elumichai Urugai), from "Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India."

Redolent of chilies, fenugreek, ginger, mustard seeds and sesame oil, this pickle perks up Indian food and just about anything else this side of dessert.

I actually can it, processing for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. If you're lucky enough to get a jar from me, be sure to store it in the fridge once it's opened.

We still had dozens of lemons, and we'd been curious about preserving lemons in salt and lemon juice, Maghreb style. We found a great recipe in Paula Wolfert's iconic "Couscous and other Good Food from Morocco."

Written back in 1973, this book helped to revolutionize the way Americans thought about cooking and eating. It's still in print today, although I think Wolfert is revising it for a 2nd. edition. 

This recipe went against all my beliefs about preserving foods: you don't boil the jars after filling them AND you leave the jars on the kitchen counter for a month or so, turning them upside-down every morning. ACK!

Here's a link to a web how-to on just what to do with your preserved lemons once they're done. Some delicious ideas! More about Moroccan Preserved Lemons


Rebag said...

Hi Tina,

Thanks for the visit to my blog!! I am always excited to make new friends!! You asked about having large animals. We used to have beef and dairy mix of cattle as well as 300 head hog farrow to finish barns...but back in the mid 90's when the markets took a huge tumble we sold out. We still have cattle on the place but we do not own them. So for now it is just hubby and daughter age 17 at home and oldest daughter in college.....2 farm cats, a border collie dog, 1 chi dog, and a spoiled house cat!

Looking forward to following your blog and exchanging ideas and sharing lives.!


Sue said...

Yum! Love your lemon relish!