I just fancied doing something that took my fancy …. ! As one does!
I am working on a project for a sitting room which requires some full on colours on the walls in picture blocks….To offset the more sober stylised colours which is the backdrop to this room which is housed in an old building. This project is based on gentleman’s club/lounge … Bit of a mix I agree, but I am always up for a challenge…If nothing else! I will post the pictures of the room once it is finished…It is all quite exciting!
So spurred on by this form of thinking… Today’s blog is also a bit of a mix…
As this is an eclectic post, I am combining the photography idea’s with a cooking idea for the weekend.. I hear the weather is going to be good! I happened to be chatting food with a twitter friend in Turkey… And he got me thinking … Back to my time in Turkey…
I love food and I love cooking as you will know if you follow my blogs … And I like easy fun cooking in the summer… So I have combined bright photographs for my interior look with my recipe for preserving lemons, just to add a bit of colour to the blog! You can’t say that I am not multi-thinking!
Preserve Lemons are fabulous and can be used in so many recipes from all nations. If you have never used them you should, they really give a ‘vroom’ to a recipe particularly a spicy one!
Here is how you make it …. You only need about ten minutes…
3/4 Lemons [not waxed] plus extra lemons for the juice
5 – 6 heaped teaspoons of salt [sea salt or Kosher]
Plus extra lemon juice for topping up the jar with fluid. [You can also use a bit of cooled boiled water to top the jar up so that the lemons are always covered]
1. Trim ‘nubs’ [ends] off both ends of the lemon
2. Quarter the lemons ¾ of the way through the lemon leaving one end attached to the 4 quarters
3. Heap a teaspoon of salt into your pint jar… [Other sizes are available but you will have to adjust the recipe accordingly]
4. Put a teaspoon of salt into the lemon and pop it into the jar and then another teaspoon of salt on top of the upturned lemon. And repeat the process with the other lemons
5. Fill the jar with lemon juice and top up with cooled boiled water where necessary, making sure that the lemons are completely submerged
6. Keep the jar at room temperature for 3 days upturning the jar every time you pass…
7. After 3 days put the jar in the fridge for the next 3-4 weeks taking it out from time to time for a bit of a jiggery shake … After that you are good to go ….
Right off to do some more photography … I might try and mix some black & white car pictures into the gentlemen style interior design club..too.. What do you think? So you are thinking what recipe you would use this with… Any! But in homage to my twitter friend in Turkey … How about a bit of easy cook Turkish Style Chicken??
Come on it is summer … So who cares about measures.. Make it free hand …
Chicken – Legs or thighs
Onion & Garlic
Seasoning to taste…
Cook on the hob or in the oven ….
Tip: Make sure you brown the skin of the chicken and cook it skin side up!
Bean, tomato & onion salad topped with a soft cooked egg..
Pan fried potatoes, sprinkled with salt & smoked paprika
What about a bit of Turkish Lavas bread.. If you don’t fancy making that then a good flat bread to mop up the juices … Delicious …