I did get a bit of a shock when I realised that this month’s entries have increased twofold since the round up I did a couple of months ago. So thanks to all of you that entered! Lemons have proved to be a popular ingredient and there are lots of recipes to talk about, both sweet and savoury.
Here are all the entries, which I hope you agree, are just fantastic. What a diverse collection of recipes and a great introduction to just how adaptable a good old lemon can be!
First to enter was Karen at Lavender & Lovage with Cream Cheese and Salmon Spread with Wild Garlic. This is like a salmon pate and is simple to prepare. It uses cream cheese and tinned salmon, which I love! Karen suggests you could replace the salmon with other tinned fish and even use Boursin instead of cream cheese. I would serve this with some home made brown bread , some crunchy crudités, and lots of lemon wedges too!
Working London Mummy (co-host Nazima) entered with Raspberry Lemon and Rose Friands. I love these light as a feather delicate little sponges that you can eat far too many of in one sitting. Flavouring them with both rose and lemon essences would enhance their flavour as would the tangy lemon glaze that gets added once they com out of the oven. I do love the idea adding raspberries too, especially as they are coming into season now.
Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen baked a Yoghurt and Lemon Cake. I used to make batches of this cake myself as I love the texture of the cake and it’s slight tanginess. I do think yoghurt works so well in many cakes and often like to add some in as I always have a pot of it in my fridge. Alida was lucky enough to be given some Italian lemons to make this cake with. They must have added a lovely perfume to this delicious cake!
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau has created a Lemon Key Lime Rosemary Hummus. I could eat hummus every day and never tire of it. This is a version that really appeals to me as it contains some fabulous ingredients. Fresh organic lemons, Key Limes and a Meyer Lemon infused olive oil plus a little freh Rosemary. This takes it onto another level of tastiness. Not only that but it is easy to make and it is good for you, what a result! I also have to tell you that I love Mad Hausfraus’s “about me” page. Very amusing!
Sylvan Somethings made Fresh Asparagus & Lemon Cous Cous. Another wonderfully healthy and seasonal lunch/supper idea. I like the idea of soaking cous cous with both lemon zest and juice as it provides a citrus note to the dish. Adding ground almonds fried in butter once the cous cous has been soaked gives it a nutty touch too. Then the best bit of all, topping the salad with some seasonal asparagus. This turns it into something special and I think it is a lovely idea form a blogger who hash’t been blogging for long! Sadly no photo but happy to add if you send me one by email!
Laura of Laura Loves Cakes baked some Lemon & Limoncello Cupcakes. These little bite sized cupcakes have all the ingredients to make for a tempting feet treat. I love Laura’s idea of topping the cupcakes with lemon curd before adding a buttercream flavoured with lemon juice and Limoncello. I can imagine all the lemony flavours would be a great idea for a birthday cake too, with a nice glass of chilled Limoncello to drink alonside it!
Another entry rom Karen at Lavender & Lovage, thanks Karen! Baked Garlic Prawns & Spaghetti Gratin. This is such a good idea for an easy to put together evening meal. It is so simple to make, yet tastes so heavenly. I happen to love all seafood and fish so this is something I would cook for me and my children who also love prawns & mussels too. This Gratin gets baked in the oven with a layer of cheese to give it a lovely crispy crust and as Karen says, you can always add a few veggies to it. I think I would add some spinach or maybe even serve it with some peas . There are so many ways to adapt it to suit your tastes!
Ren at Fabulicious food entered a British Asparagus Mozzarella Tomato & Egg Salad with a Lemon Dressing. Ren has really made the most of our own British produce in this recipe. British asparagus, Laverstoke Park Farm Buffalo Mozzarella as well as a local Rapeseed oil for her lemon dressing.I am always so inspired by how many wonderful food producers we have here in Britain . I just wish more people realised it! A perfect salad that would be wonderful served with some bread and local British butter to simple to dip into the zingy salad dressing. Hooray for British Food!
Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker created some Lemon Lime & Basil Cookies. They do sound so fresh and aromatic and I think she has made a fine choice in putting these flavours together. Ros added both the zest and the juice of the lemon and lime as well as some freshly chopped basil leaves. These are certainly flavours that I love and always have the ingredients to hand so I will be giving these a go, as I think they sound so scrumptious!
Kate at What Kate Baked made some Raspberry Tarts. Raspberry Tart does happen to be one of my all time favourites and I always seek it out when in France. It is the crisp pastry filled with creme patisserie and finished off with fruit that is just so right. And that is pretty much what Kate did here, plus she added lemon zest to her pastry. A clever and subtle adaptation I think, and one I would always happily accept!
Sian at Fishfingers for Tea baked Lancaster Tart. This is a relation to the Bakewell Tart but it uses lemon curd and not raspberry jam. The shortcrust pastry shell gets topped with a layer of lemon curd before adding the frangipane and then baked. Now, I have never heard of this and I cannot believe why as it just sounds like a brilliant alternative to the traditional Bakewell. It is then decorated with flaked almonds and a light lemony icing. I think I would have to pour over some lemon flavoured custard too, just to finish it off nicely!
Angie at CakesPhotosLife created a Lemon Sponge. But this is no ordinary sponge. It is seriously beautiful and shows cake making and decorating skills that I know I will never master to such a high standard. Angie was making the cake for a very inspirational mum and she delivered it herself…..over 200 miles away. That is the sign of a true friend. Well done and I hope she enjoyed it very much!
Jen at Blue Kitchen Bakes bakes Anglesey Cakes. But, they are known by another, more well known name too. Jammy Dodgers! Jen’s recipe uses a type of shortbread biscuit base and she has filled them with home-made lemon marmalade. Her Marmalade filled biscuits are also shaped into pretty flowers which would go down very well served with a pot of Earl Grey tea for me. I would love to try Jen’s lemon marmalade with some sultana scones too!
Mamacook baked Lemon Cupcakes. They were for her son’s second birthday, so I hope he was thrilled with them. At 2, I know my little boy would have licked off all the icing and scrunched up the sponge with his hands and thrown it all over the floor. But I am sure your son would never dream of doing that! I like the icing very much as it reminds me of Iced gems from my childhood.
Urvashi at The Botanical Baker cooked up some Lemony Sunflower Seed Flapjacks. These are so packed full of good ingredients and one of which I had not heard of before. Urvashi used “gaur” which is Indian molasses along with some honey. But you could replace it with brown sugar. I am always looking for different ideas of what to use in flapjacks as they are regularly made by me for my children. I do like the sound of sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut and lemon zest and juice. I will be making these for the next lot of school trips!
Lottie of Lottie’s World of Cakes and Bakes made a Gluten Free Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake. The amazing thing about this cake is the secret ingredient that makes it gluten free. MASHED POTATO! How cool is that, and she says it really does work. Judging by the photos, I don’t doubt you for a minute Lottie. The only thing you need to do is make sure your potatoes are well and truly mashed to a smooth texture. I just have to try this for myself now!
Sarah at Maison Cupcake created Honey & Lemon Cream Cheese Popovers. These mini Bundt popovers are such a brilliant idea. Popovers are American in origin but as Sarah says, they are so similar to our good British Yorkies and are batter based, that I am not sure what if any the difference is.Do you know what the difference is?? They are baked in the oven and rise up beautifully into a billowing puff. A luscious filling of cream cheese with lemon flavoured Manuka honey sounds like heaven to me. I must get myself down to Waltamstow market for some of these little Bundt tins!
Louisa at Chez Foti cooked up Asparagus Pea & Lemon Risotto. Louisa says this is one of her favourite risottos to make and I agree with her. I often make this but haven’t for a while so thanks for reminding me of it! Louisa likes to add her home grown peas which she grows over in France and prefers the green asparagus to the white variety that seem to be so popular over there. I totally agree and think the white variety are not a patch on our lovely green specimens!
Shaheen at Allotment 2 Kitchen made Preserved Lemons with Red Chillies. I know that these lemons are something I would use on a regular basis because you may knw that I am a massive chilli fan and these preserved lemons have added red chillies (pierced so the heat can penetrate the lemons), bay leaves and some coriander seeds. My two favourite tastes are hot and sour so I would probably add these lemons into all kinds of tagines, salads,rice and cous cous dishes. And I think that a jar if these colourful lemons would look great on my kitchen shelf too for all to see!
Emma at Emma’s Kitchen Diary made Home-made Lemonade. Emma tempted fate by making this delicious drink and then the fine weather disappeared. Always the way, isn’t it! Still, this is such a refreshing drink and would be a perfect accompaniment on any picnic or sunny BBQ. I used to love mixing cloudy lemonade with vodka(remember Hooch?) and I bet it would taste really good as a sorbet or jelly too. A lovely entry that goes to show just how easy it can be to make your own drinks instead of buying them. Plus, they always taste better I think!
Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog baked Lemon and Apple Curd Cake. Disaster struck when the cake fell apart whilst being removed from the silicone mould. I myself don’t use them but some seem to swear by cake release spray. Somehow, Choclette averted a complete catastrophe and managed to create a sponge cake (including her lemon & apple curd) coated in a delicious icing that featured more of her lemon & apple curd along with melted white chocolate and some lemon juice. I happen to think the end result looks excellent and applaud her skills as always!
Helen at Fuss Free Flavours cooked Lemony Potato Wedges. Her dish represents all the things I love about this time of the year. A beautiful collection of ingredients at the peak of freshness simply cooked and eaten with lashings of good British butter. Helen roasted the potatoes with some golden rapeseed oil, garlic and slices of lemon. She served these alongside some wonderful British asparagus. This is a dish full of seasonal goodness, a real delight!
Thanks to all of you who entered and I look forward to seeing what Working London Mummy has chosen for June! Enjoy the Jubilee xxx