Lately I have had problems finding lemons in the supermarkets, and a few weeks ago we came home with a big bag of limes instead. The problem is though that lime is a difficult fruit; if it isn’t completely ripe it is impossible to squeeze any juice out of it and most recipes call for lemon [juice]. And it is funny, in Puerto Rico they don’t really make a distinction between limón y limas and the French actually call lime “citron vert” (green lemon). Aren’t they two [almost] completely different fruits?? You wouldn’t make a mojito with lemon or … can’t think of more examples since I did make the lemon meringue cake with a mix of lemon & lime.
I have been experimenting with the limes though and we have ended up eating a lot of different dishes with lime peel as an extra flavour. Not bad actually!
Here is a recipe I made during Easter:
Tuna & lime egg salad
1 can of good tuna (in oil or in water – just make sure it is chunks, otherwise it looks like cat food to me!)
2 teaspoon French Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon mayonnaise (or swap quantities with the mustard, depending on what you prefer!)
½ box of Philadelphia cream cheese (can be excluded, and replaced with more mustard & mayo)
lime / lemon zest (peel)
lime / lemon juice (if possible to squeeze any juice out of the fruit)
salt & pepper
4 soft-boiled eggs
lettuce / fresh spinach
2-4 bread slices – slightly toasted
Mix the tuna with mustard, mayo, Philly, lime / lemon zest, lime / lemon juice and a little olive oil. Salt & pepper. Prepare a salad with the lettuce / fresh spinach, tomatoes and cucumber on big plates. Cut the soft-boiled eggs in quarters and add as decoration to the salad. Spread the tuna mix on the toasts and place in the middle of the salad plate. Pour a little olive oil on top of all of it.
Emma in Aberdeen published a photo of her fridge a few days ago (by the way, what do I mean – it isn’t just her fridge, but also her banana-growing husband’s and beautiful son’s fridge – trying to be politically correct here!), and I went straight out in the kitchen to take a photo of our fridge as well… Here is a “before & after”, I am not sure if you can see any difference!?
Our fridge before Sunday shopping – top shelf houses coffee, almonds, and rice to avoid any unwelcome guests (bugs!) if stored outside in the humidity + one tomato, milk and eggs, the plastic containers on the second top shelf contain chick peas (boiled by moi-même after a year or so of O asking me to do it – I just find using canned garbanzos so much easier!), pickled herring from Xmas that I should throw out, another tomato (!), Maizena and half a loaf of bread (for same reason as above). Third shelf – lettuce, blueberries (thanks to Costco) and a tin box of ginger snaps (also left over from Xmas)… Well, maybe I won’t list every little thing in the fridge.
The fridge is supposedly more full – you can’t really see the smoked salmon underneath the new tomatoes, and there are some quesitos instead of the chick peas in the plastic container on the top shelf… The cabbage, lettuce and cucumber don’t seem to have moved an inch but the tomato on the second shelf has moved from one side to the next – absolutely fascinating!! 😀
Oh, and the rest of the shopping ended up in the freezer and the cupboards. We have decided to try to empty the fridge as much as possible this week and that’s why we didn’t buy more on Sunday. It is so easy to just buy more food instead of trying to create something with what you have so every once in a while we try to have an “empty-the-fridge-week”.
Don’t forget to watch The Daily Show tonight at 11 pm (23.00), as supposedly more on Sweden is coming up (see below post about The Stockholm Syndrome)!?