Whole Lemon Mousse


It was a revelation for me when I first made this tart. One uses the entire lemon!  I loved that idea, not only does it save time, it tastes great and using the whole lemon gives you the highest amount of nutrition from the fruit so there is added smugness as a bonus.  :) The only modifications I make to Deb's recipe is replacing the sugar with honey [and less of it], thickening with tapioca instead of corn starch and using a grain free crust.

However what if you do not want to turn on the oven? It is high summer and simply too hot for ovens.

This led me to scouring the internet for a whole lemon mousse or curd. Which I could not find. So I created my own using the above recipe as inspiration. 

Some notes:

Buy an organic lemon if you can, remember you are eating the entire thing. Those with thinner skins [less white pith] will work best.  A food processor or high speed blender is needed to grind up the lemon. When I make my tapioca slurry for thickening I shake it in a jar.

This makes a tart lemon mousse, serve it with berries for extra sweetness if you desire.

Ingredients:

1 organic lemon
I cup of honey
4 large eggs
2 T tapioca flour
pinch of salt

1 cup of heavy cream

Method:

Slice off and discard the two pointed ends of the lemon.
Slice the lemon into thin rounds and remove the seeds.
Process lemon rounds and honey until lemon is pureed.
Add eggs and process until smooth.
Pour this mixture into saucepan except 
Combine 1/4 cup of mixture with the tapioca flour to make a slurry.
Add tapioca slurry back to mixture in saucepan and stir.
Heat over medium heat. Watch carefully - it thickens quickly and scorches easily.
When thick remove mixture from heat, stir then chill through.

You now have a whole lemon version of lemon curd. To make mousse continue on...

Whip the heavy cream until peaks form.
Stir a large spoonful of heavy cream into chilled curd.
Then fold the rest of the heavy cream gently into curd.
Chill [again] until firm.
Serve with strawberries or other fruit as you desire and enjoy.

Sweets without using your oven.

Tuna Salad with Cherries?


We have a abundance of pie cherries again this year and it has been heavenly.  Not only have I given pounds away to family and friends but I am always finding new ways to use them.

This year I perfected a cherry tart with an almond crust which I love. This took quite a bit of work and a lot of tart eating. [poor us!]

Sometimes though the ideas come easily.  Today I put together a tuna salad with -- tuna, mayo, capers, chopped celery and fennel. It tasted good but it tasted fantastic when I threw in a huge handful of pitted pie cherries and ate it with sweet potato chips. The sour salty salad was fabulous with the sweet-ish chips. I meant to take a photo but it is already gone.

Oh well - I must remember for next year.


All Fifty

I can now travel anywhere in my country and stay married. My marriage will no longer blink in and out like cell phone service.

The burden I have been pulling around in my cart since I realized I was gay can now finally be left on the side of the road or perhaps they will simply float away.  I can't wait to see what new places I can go with this newly lightened load. 

It is a glorious day. A deep bow to everyone with the most heartfelt gratitude.

Cake Curse

I try to be upbeat when I host a party. If my tables are dusty or something else is off I don't bring attention to it and worry my guests. This usually works well and contributes to joy I think. Yesterday tried me though even with the perfect summer weather. Dinner well received and we ate on the terrace. However dessert was not what it could have been.

I made a birthday cake for a dear friend. I used a known recipe that I have made several times successfully.

The cake didn't rise. I don't know why. It was so frustrating. Why is it that cakes fail when it is an occasion? How do 'they' know?! I know this happens to others - heck Anne in Anne of Green Gables mentions it over 100 years ago. But it is still frustrating.

Luckily it still tasted quite good especially smothered with homemade cherry sauce and whipped cream. The plates were a pretty distraction as well.

secret shoes

I started this blog in 2007 and many things have changed since then. One thing has not, I still don't like shopping for shoes.

Another thing that hasn't changed; I must own and wear shoes. 

At times I have been given shoes. That was nice. I got shoes and yet there was no shopping, decision making or paying. I have found retail high end comfortable shoes that I like, but they wear out and have to be replaced like any other shoe. Some [Naot I am looking at you] wear out too fast for the price in my opinion.

So what saves me time and money and aggravation? I buy shoes second-hand. This appalls many people but it works great for me for the reasons below. Feel free to ignore my reasons, especially if we wear the same size shoe!

-Many people won't buy shoes secondhand so there is a good selection.
-Shoes in consignment stores are almost always high quality.
-Many people love to buy shoe then don't wear them then give them away/sell them.
-It is very clear from looking at the shoe how much it has been worn. Flip them over and look at the sole for wear patterns. They shouldn't smell, they should be clean. Usually they look 'new' or at least unworn. 
-Buy leather, it lasts. If you are vegan or don't like leather for some other reason I suggest not buying shoes secondhand. [also "vegan leather" is plastic, do not buy plastic shoes second-hand]
-I can take a chance on shoes without sinking hundreds of dollars into them. If they 'work out' they are a fabulous value, if they are a fail then I haven't lost much.

My most recent shoe find: Dansko wedge sandals in olive for $9.50. Perfect in colour, fit and price. Currently 50% of my footwear was previously used, I am hoping to up the percentage going forward.

Here ends my shoe secret. peace xo


In the Garden Now - June '15

When it comes to eating out of the garden June is a slow month although the flowers are showy, frequent and fragrant. Early roses, peonies, phlox, iris, delphinium and nameless ones

For food there is chives, green onions, shallots and leeks [from last year]. Some tender spears of asparagus.

There is sorrel for sauce and fish soup. This is been wonderful. I love making a light, creamy fish soup with daikon and stirring hand fulls of sorrel in at the very end.

The queen of June may be strawberries, which I have been showing on instagram. Along with other delights of the season. We have full and happy strawberry beds, the drought is over and we are eating them with joy. While standing in the garden, with cream and almond biscuit/shortcake. Next there will be a tart.

Wishing everyone sweetness today...

serendipity while thrifting

The season is turning toward Summer. Memorial day is behind us and I have purchased new corduroy trousers. In time for Autumn .... which is 4 months away.

It's weird but that is how thrifting goes. When you find something you have been looking for, regardless of the season, you purchase it. Especially when it is less than $3. 

Then you tuck it away for the next 4 months [or 6].

It is possible to shop like this and maintain a minimal wardrobe but it takes some preparation.

You have to know what you are looking for...in this case I have had "corduroys in a warm favorite color" on my list since September 2014. I looked for them in the nine months since with no luck. I even tried retail. I reached for patience as I was not finding what I wanted.

Last Friday I was scanning a rack [for skirts] and a bronze-y olive color leaped out at me. I looked more closely and saw corduroys, in my size with no wear. They fit well and didn't need hemming [a small miracle]. They had been marked down three times and were priced at $2.75 because what sort of crazy person buys cords at the beginning of June?

I am that person. I am also the person who had thought about the holes in her wardrobe and what I wanted. The result; I can buy off season without worry that it will go to waste.  I save resources and cash and I also have clothing that I love. Which is the whole point of thrifting for me.

I am guessing this will not work if you have a closet so crammed full you cannot see everything or if you don't know your preferred colours. Perhaps though it is helpful to see some of the results of bringing mindfulness to something that you deal most days - what you wear.

I wish warm breezes and sunshine for you if it is turning toward summer where you are as well. xo