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Lemonade

Time: 5 minutes prep; 30 minutes in the Thermomix
Yield: about 250 millilitres lemonade

I have a complex about lemons. No matter where I have lived, I seem to have been surrounded by homes sneering at me, their lemon trees abundant with fruit, while my feeble, ever-optimistic attempts to grow fruit-producing trees turn into spindly, barren jokes. We lived in suburban Melbourne for nigh on 25 years; for 24 of those years, the lemon trees we planted were a yoke on the family. A stunning example of failure, in the prime spot in the garden.

Every week, summer, winter, spring, I made the long trek to the back of the yard—yes, the tree was facing north, with what seemed to be the right amount of sun—to see if it had grown, or paled. Nothing changed, day in, day out. I took to late-night inspections to watch and assist the twinkling of the stars under the lemon tree. Still nothing. My brother-in-law suggested burying nails around the trunk. Zero.

Meanwhile the next-door neighbours, presumably with their tree sitting in the same soil, flaunted their fruit at me. What was worse, their tree was facing south!

Eventually our tree started to fruit. As soon as it did, we sold up and moved into the city, with no yard, and no lemon tree.

What was worse is that on the borders of the club where I play golf, there was a marvellous lemon tree, always loaded. Each week, there’d be new fruit, and plenty of windfalls to boot. One fateful day, two years ago, the bloke whose property borders the course decided to prune the tree back to all but nothing. In the years since no fruit has appeared.

There’s another twist to this story: owners of loaded lemon trees moan about as much as I do about lemon trees but for opposite reasons. It seems they never know what to do with the damned things, unless they are part of the local school fete’s fundraising committee. TMix+ has a couple of solutions, one based on a tried and true recipe from an old, favourite Australian cookbook of the ’30s (Woman’s Mirror cookbook, circa 1930), with a modern twist; the other is a quickie, for days when the north wind blows, the temperature rises beyond the ton, and there seems to be no respite from the heat. And for lemons? Keep your eyes peeled at the local markets for when they are affordable, or make friends with neighbours who don’t cook, and don’t know what to do with their loaded lemon tree.

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Lemonade
Lemonade (Lemon Cordial)
lemons—enough to produce 500 grams juice
250 grams sugar (your choice)
20 grams peeled ginger
zest of one lemon
Rapid Lemon Drink (for two)
80 grams ice cubes
220 grams lemon juice and pulp, seeds removed
zest of one lemon
40 grams sugar
100 grams ice-cold water
5 grams peeled ginger, chopped roughly
1 cup of vanilla essence
gin, to taste (for grown-ups, optional)
Method
Lemonade (Lemon Cordial)
  1. Sterilise the bottle or bottles to keep the lemonade/cordial.
  2. Place all ingredients into the Thermomix bowl, and cook 8 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1, MC on.
  3. Remove MC, continue at 100 degrees/20 minutes/speed soft. Taste for your liking. The aim is to retain the acidity of the lemon while making it palatable: the sugar-acid balance is always dependent on the individual palate.
  4. Use the cordial sparingly with ice-cold water.
Rapid Lemon Drink (for two)
  1. Crush the ice in the Thermomix bowl, 5 seconds/speed 10.
  2. Put the rest of the ingredients in the Thermomix bowl, and whizz 10 seconds/speed 10 MC on. Taste. You may prefer more sugar, or more ginger (to your liking). The ginger hit will grow hair on the chest.
  3. Drink.

AND … Vary the amounts to suit your needs. The sugar level can be in the sugar-to-juice ratio of 0.5:1 (250 grams: 500 grams), to 1:1 (500 grams: 500 grams) and anywhere in between, depending on your preference, remembering that the final intensity of the sugar will be diluted by water in the final drink when you make it into cordial. 

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