Sticky Notes of Thoughts

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On Non-Recipes: Lemon Honey


“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify” said Henry Thoreau.

I like non-recipes. Food that is naturally delicious and the method to get there doesn’t even require simplifying, because it is simple.

Some recipes, like “no measurement/no-recipe biscuits” can be difficult for people who have never baked before, because instructions like “add enough yoghurt to get the batter wet” requires knowledge that can only come from experience. I ended up measuring approximate amounts of the key ingredients so I can teach my husband how to reproduce it.

Here’s an example of a non-recipe, where such knowledge is not even needed.

Lemon Honey

  1. Slice 1 organic lemon (I usually slice them as if I am going to float one into a tea cup, but any thickness works fine).
  2. Take a clean (doesn’t have to be sterilized) jam jar, and stack the sliced lemons into the jar to the top (but leave half an inch or so room at the top, just so you don’t make a mess).
  3. Fill the jar up with honey so the top lemon slice is covered, place the lid, and store it in the refrigerator. If the jar is big and has room for more lemons, you can add more (duh)

The lemon will start to give off its juice in a day or so. You can use it on everything… drizzle on goat cheese, crêpes, use as a sweetener in tea or club soda, salad dressing…world is your oyster.

I eat the lemon slices, too, because when life gives you lemons, you shouldn’t just make lemonade. You should also enjoy the lemon marmalade.

Photo: The langoustine dish in Gozo, Malta, showcased its freshness at peak season for their eggs. Very little had to be done to be delicious. Nature did all the work.


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This entry was posted on July 18, 2015 by in Recipes and tagged , , .
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