It’s lemon week here and in honour of my wonderful Mother who loves all things lemon flavoured here is an old family favourite, a lovely delicate lemon dessert.
Delicate Lemon Pudding
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs separated
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp grated lemon rind
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 cup milk
Cream butter, add sugar and cream well. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon coloured. Add to first mixture along with lemon juice and rind. Fold in flour and stir in milk.
Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into lemon mixture. Pour into greased baking dish and set into a pan of hot water. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve plain or with whipped cream.
Spring is a time for freshness and cleanliness. Time to cleanse the palate after the overload of chocolate on Easter weekend. In other words… time for lemons.
Light, delicate and fresh lemon flavouring is used equally as successfully in savoury and sweet dishes, in body products and in home care products.
How to choose the perfect lemon: Usually the adage is “don’t squeeze the fruit” but in the case of lemons ignore that. The best way to assess a lemon is to give it a slight squeeze (we’re not talking here about a death grip). If the lemon is rock hard it’s no good, probably over or under ripe and won’t give you much juice. Too soft or mushy is definitely overripe and not a good choice. A lemon that gives slightly to a gentle squeeze will be the best bet. Look for a smooth peel that will indicate a thinner skin and a juicier fruit, avoid bumpy fruit. Avoid tinges of green which indicate an under-ripe fruit or a pale colour which means an older fruit past its prime. In hindsight I think the samples that I chose the other day that are pictured above have quite bumpy skin and if you look at the cut fruit you can see that the skin is quite thick. Apparently thinner skinned lemons would have been juicier.
How to store lemons: I love the look of a bowl of lemons on the kitchen counter just as much as I like the look of a vase of flowers but apparently that’s about the worst way to store lemons if you are looking for longevity. According to Cooks Illustrated the best way to store lemons is in the refrigerator in a sturdy plastic bag not the flimsy one from the grocers veggie stand. CI did a test of different storage methods and the clear winner was the plastic bag in which the lemons lasted four times longer than if stored on the counter. Apparently loose in the fridge is better than room temperature but not nearly as good as the plastic bag.
Tomorrow I’m going to share an amazing lemon pudding recipe that is an old family favourite and Thursday I plan on sharing a recipe for a home-made lemon hand scrub. Here’s hoping that life hands you lemons this week!
As the weather warms up we get outside more and have a chance to appreciate our city. There are hidden gems everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open and look around. This space isn’t so much hidden as difficult to find but if you drive down the Bayview Extension and continue around and back up River Street toward Eastern Avenue you will see it as you go under the Gardiner Expressway.
Conceived as the first ever underpass playground in Canada, Underpass Park uses the unique location as a positive feature in the landscape design. Incorporating the pillars into the design and using the overpass as a weather shield designers Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg have created a welcoming community asset.
Right in the middle of what used to be a wasteland of concrete and industrial leftovers Underpass Park is part of the rejuvenation of the West Donlands and the waterfront.
The plaque reads:
“Welcome to Underpass Park. The first park built under an overpass in Toronto, Underpass Park opened in 2012 and transformed previously underused and derelict space into an urban neighbourhood amenity. The park features a number of spaces designed to encourage both active and passive recreation. The public artwork “Mirage” was created for the unique space and is comprised of mirrored octagonal stainless steel panels attached to the underside of the overpass to reflect light and movement.”
More information can be found at waterfronttoronto.ca