Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, January 1, 2010

When a friend gives you lemons -- make lemon curd!

A friend gave me TWO big sacks of lemons -- from California -- tree ripened. What a great gift -- although it was not given as a gift but as a "I'll never use all these so I thought I would pass them along". How glad I am that she did!
For the Sunday after Christmas on a very quiet afternoon, I made lemon curd. Two little jars, a medium jar and a big jar. Stored in the fridge for morning toast or to fill wee pastry cups for afternoon tea. One jar was sent home with the friend who gave me the lemons. A fitting way, I thought, to repay the kindness of the gift.

The recipe I used, from the Barefoot Contessa. Her cookbook was handy and I've never been disappointed in anything from any of her books.

It's Friday -- the first Friday of 2010 and I'm joining Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday! Bandwith made delicious scallops this Foodie Friday -- see what everyone else has been up to in their kitchens!




18 comments:

Joyce said...

Nice gift to receive and then to give a jar back to your friend. I always like the BC recipes for her quality but I often think her recipes can feed an army:)
Joyce

Susan said...

How lovely and tasty. I must try to make some too. Happy New Year. I have enjoyed getting to know you this past year.

La Table De Nana said...

Funny how some people pass on GOLD:)

Good job..Looks like you gave yourself gifts.Happy new Year!
When I go to Florida..and my friend from California send me citrus and treasures from the trees on their property..well ..she gives me the moon:)

The Bramble Patch said...

That looks yummy! Happy New Year!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful gift and I think you put it to the best use possible. I love lemon curd!

Happy New Year, Martha!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Lovely! Now you need to host a tea....I've really enjoyed Ina's cookbooks as well.

Pondside said...

I was just about to log off when I saw this new post. I LOVE lemon curd - in a tiny tart shell, spread thinly on top of a sponge cake before slathering with cream, between layers of a white cake before icing with Seven Minute Frosting......I could go on and on!

lemonverbenalady said...

One of my favorite flavors with scones!

ButterYum said...

What a fantastic gift! Nothing better than a schmear of lemon curd on toast! I usually make it using a different recipe, but like you, I've never been disappointed with one of Ina's recipes, so I think I'll give it a go with a bunch of Meyer Lemons I just purchased.

Happy New Year!
:)
ButterYum

Pat said...

Such a lovely gift! I love lemon curd ~ and Ina Garten. This is a recipe that I will try. Thanks for sharing!

Carrie said...

Yum!!! It looks just wonderful in those little jars.

The Tablescaper said...

Yumm! I've eaten and bought lemon curd, but never made it. How wonderful. And the jars look terrific..
Happy New Year!

- The Tablescaper

Rachelle @ Olivia's Cottage said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog. The lemon curd looks so good! I have never tried it. I hope you enjoy the soup.

Michael Lee West said...

What a splendid gift! I love the image you evoked of making lemon curd on a quiet afternoon. I think that's what I love best about cooking. It's satisfying and cozy, just you and the recipe. I'll look forward to seeing you serve the lemon curd.

Bandy took a day of rest after last night's food fest. lol I made lemon-orange ice today. We're just now eating it. lol

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

Really Rainey said...

I always just buy Lemon curd since I don't use it that much.. but I was thinking that I might use it more if I made it homemade... cause it sounds so much better! But how long does it last in the fridge?
I'm having a little New Years Give away too... stop by and enter if you get a chance...
~Really Rainey~

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Oh how thoughtful, Martha! I love citrus curds, and your lemon curd looks really wonderful.

I do have a quick question - how long will the curd last in the fridge? I would love to make some to stash away, but wasn't sure how long it would keep.

Thanks!

BumbleVee said...

I've never made lemon curd...but, if I get lemons...it's blueberry lemon muffins or lemon loaf...
I can't say I have ever had a tree ripened lemon right from somebody ... only from Safeway...