The eagle eyed among you might notice I’ve been on a bit of an extended leave from the blog. It’s hard to quantify exactly why beyond feeling a bit burned out and the constant drip drip drip of the weather had left me in slightly low spirits. However the sun has finally burst through the clouds and much to my surprise people have actually been on my back to write more and carry on. Never one to disappoint I cracked on with the next recipe in the book, lemon curd, and I can’t imagine anything more summery or uplifting.
I start by sterilising a few jars by boiling them for 10 minutes on the hob. Collecting jars has become a bit of an obsession when I realised how easy it was to reuse them and I am starting to worry I might end up on one of those hoarder programs on the tv. Work on my craft room cannot come along quickly enough as it will give me a door behind which I can hide these eccentricities ( I actually feel a little thrill everytime I examine the condiments shelf in the fridge thinking about what I might use all these lovely jars for).
That done, it’s time to crack on with the curd. No bain-marie for Nigella who lives on the edge as ever. I begin by beating 4 eggs and 4 extra egg yolks (more horrible egg separating required) and 300g caster sugar together in a saucepan until combined and the sugar is dissolved. Then I add 200g unsalted butter and the zest and juice of 4 (unwaxed) lemons. Then you just turn the heat on low and stir for about 10 minutes until, well until it looks like lemon curd really. At first nothing happened but I got brave and turned the heat up and it soon thickened and affected a beautiful glossy sheen and it was ready.
|(not lemon curd)|
Kitchen wisdom gained:
· Just because it looks posh doesn’t mean it’s hard to make.
· It’s a LOT easier to zest a lemon with a proper tool than a cheese grater.
· People keep offering to pay me for lemon curd. I think there’s a cottage industry to exploit here, if only I weren’t so flightly!
Domestic goddess points out of 10: 9 – It tasted great, it looked great and I am going to make it again and again.
Final score: Kat 1 – Nigella 1 – everyone’s a winner!