cloudy lemonade

Cloudy Lemonade For A Summer Day (Thank you to Nigella Lawson)

Cloudy Lemonade For A Summer Day

(Thank you, Nigella Lawson)

I made this lemonade countless times last summer but forgot about it this year until I had a ton of lemons left over from an event. Sweet. I will have this chilling in the fridge in no time. Thank you to Nigella Lawson! Is my day all lemonade and backyard fun? No, not quite. I walked the dog, drove carpool, walked the dog again, washed an outside bench, wrote a bit, read a bit, played on line a bit, washed some more furniture, painted the mantel, read, fell asleep reading, made some lemonade, now I have to clean up all my in progress projects!

Ingredients:IMG_6500

  • 4 cups chilled club soda or other carbonated water
  • 2 whole unwaxed lemons, cut into eighths
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar, or to taste
  • Ice

Put the water, lemons, and sugar into a blender in two batches, and run the blender until the lemon is pureed.

Use a sieve to strain the lemonade into a pitcher, pressing down into the sieve, and then pour into glasses filled with ice.

Serves 4-6.

If you want pink lemonade, add a handful of raspberries to the blender – Enjoy!

Keeping Cool, Day 103…A light lunch

capability mom has a caprese sandwich from russos for lunchOkay, it has only been a few days and the rain really cooled things off so I am being dramatic. That is nothing new, just saying. Now I just really don’t feel like cooking. Must be an overreaction to all the baking I did last week.

How do you keep cool? Think no cook meals to start. I love a nice caprese salad so I had it in a sandwich for lunch today and while it wasn’t perfect (too much crunch in the tomato and too many basil stems), it made me want to make a better one.

Caprese Salad

Tomatoes (nice ones, not crunchy)

Mozzarella cheese (fresh)

Basil – just the leaves, please

Cut tomatoes and cheese into slices and layer on a plate. Slice (or chiffonade if you must) the basil. Place artfully across tomato and cheese and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or just balsamic. You can reduce your balsamic vinegar into a syrup or buy the expensive kind. Your call.

Salt and Pepper if desired.

Add prosciutto if you care to – it makes a pretty plate. Have a nice bread on hand, soft white rolls, a crusty baguette or a whole grain loaf would all go well with this. Doesn’t feel like enough? Add a big green salad and a plate of sliced meat and cheese. The deli counter is your friend.

What, your kids would never eat this? Try a making a side dish with plain mozzarella cheese and soft bread – they may even try the prosciutto.

Cut up some cucumbers and carrot sticks (try jicama – it’s white and may get the okay).

This would go nicely with

Cloudy Lemonade from Nigella Lawson

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chilled club soda or other carbonated water or cold tap water
  • 2 whole unwaxed lemons, cut into eighths
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar, or to taste (make superfine sugar – put table sugar in the blender – it worked fine for me)
  • Ice cubes

-Put the water, lemons, and sugar into a blender in two batches, until the lemon it pureed.

-Strain the lemonade into a pitcher, pressing down into the sieve, and then pour into tumblers filled with ice.

Serves 4-6.

Excerpted from Nigella Fresh by Nigella Lawson. Copyright 2010 by Nigella Lawson. Published in the U.S. by Hyperion. All Rights Reserved.

Finish off your lunch with some fresh berries – with or without whipped cream. You can also toss some berries in the lemonade to make it pink.capability mom finds fresh local berries

Enjoy!

NPR – Nigella Lawson – Summer Fresh recipes

My dear husband heard this on NPR early this morning and thought I would like it and wrote me a note about it so I could find it…I just returned Pragmatic Mom’s Nigella Lawson cookbooks to her and saw one at Whole Foods last night so some more synchronicity…

Here is the link – I would pretty it up but I am trying to make anti-harvest muffins – not hers. Ina’s..

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129100059 (short 7 minutes –  on NPR today) Cloudy lemonade which sounds practically perfect for a day like today.

Nigella’s latest cookbook is Nigella FreshNigella Fresh

Update:

I do love NPR!! They did not have the recipes up this morning but they do now – Here: (more…)

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