We are gardening but just in case you are wondering, we are still developing recipesPosted by Fiona Nevile in General care | 7 comments
Last Sunday D roasted a superb chicken, stuffed with some of the lemon skins and orange peel left over from the St Clements Punch. He added a teaspoon of finely chopped preserved lemons and presented a roast chicken dish to die for. This evening we made a great stir fry with the remnants of the lemony orangey infused chicken.
Now we need to try this recipe with complete lemons and oranges, rather than just the peel. I’d be loath to encourage anyone to use just the skins of citrus fruit. We will, of course also add the instructions for those who make St Clements Punch and are left with loads of seemingly redundant peel.
I used to jettison all citrus peel and not add it to our composter. A few weeks ago I discovered that the experts on BBC Radio4 Gardener’s Question Time all toss their citrus peel into the compost. We use a lot of fresh lemons each week as the juice is a great way of enhancing flavours without using salt. Suddenly our composter is filling up quickly!
Despite eating well, our main focus is on the garden. Even though I’m working outside we’ve been longing for rain. Rain stopped work for me this afternoon and I returned home two hours early.
As I was already soaked, so I washed the outside of the greenhouse – the rain would rinse it off. Then I moved inside and scrubbed the staging and shelves and removed the rubbish. I washed and dicinfected all the glass and surfaces with Citrox. I discovered the greenhouse that I loved a couple of years ago. I’d reckoned that I’d need a long day to spring clean. It took just three hours.
When I finished, I sat beside the back door of our kitchen to relish the soft rain and the buoyant deep breaths of the garden.
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