Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tahitian Limes

Tahitian limes grow abundantly where I live, they obviously are ok with our climate. I have tried growing the greener variety, to no avail, although I have had some luck with kaffir limes (which I only use the leaves). So for now I have made do with the Tahitian Lime- it is a lighter fruit, more yellow looking than green but does have that characteristic wince inducing tang that limes tend to have. They are quite small but juicy and what I love about them is no pips! Given that the classic green lime is so jolly expensive to buy I happily settle for this somewhat milder version, especially when I am gifted them in large quantities!!!
Today's quantity was in danger of not getting used at all. I had so many of them I had stowed them in the fridge while I decided what to do with them. The trouble is, as much as I love lime curd and lime cakes, it isn't exactly the healthiest fare! Plus, I know that I will end up eating it all! My solution this time was to make a cordial with it all. The recipe came from Sophie Gray's Destitute Gourmet: More Stunning Food from Small Change, this is the second book of three which I have bought of hers, they are all excellent books for making a little luxury go a long way and for homemade versions of lots of favourites, like condensed milk, drinking chocolate or homemade dairy products like buttermilk or mascarpone. They are fabulous books that I have gotten a great deal of value out of as I refer to them often. I knew I would at least leave this alone as I am not really a fan of sweet drinks although I did try it in with some Cointreau and soda with a few mint leaves, and it was VERY good. So maybe I won't be leaving it alone......Lemon/Lime squash

2 cups lemon or lime juice
750g white sugar
1 tbsp tartaric acid
1 tbsp citric acid
500 ml boiling water
grated zest of three of the lemons/limes

Add juice to the sugar, tartaric and citric acids, in a medium saucepan. Pour on the boiling water, heat gently then grate in the zest. Stir to ensure the sugar is completely dissolved then pour into bottle for storing. Store in the fridge. To serve, pour about into large glass and top with soda water or cold water, adding a few mint leaves if you like. Use a ratio of about 1 part cordial to 6 parts water. Also nice for an adults drink with vodka or cointreau!

3 comments:

Rosie said...

Mouth quenching good - love the combo of flavours here mmmmm...

Rosie x

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Linda I could dive right into that drink right now.
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Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I'm so jealous of all your limes, Linda! They're so expensive and nothing grows in my patch of dirt lol, even my mint died. That squash sounds lovely and zingy :)