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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
Shrove Tuesday
For once we actually had pancakes on pancake day. I can't remember the last time that happened. In the past it was unlikely that having the right ingredients and having enough time/energy would both happen on the right day. If I had the energy, I'd realise I had no eggs or no lemons. If I had all the ingredients, I wouldn't have the time due to G and I often having to teach evening classes on a Tuesday. If we had pancakes, it usually ended up as Pancake Friday or Saturday.

Yesterday I felt up to cooking something a bit more complicated and realised that I had flour, milk and eggs but thought I didn't have any lemons, except then I remembered that I had some frozen lemon slices in the freezer. I'd never thought to freeze lemons before but recently discovered that it was possible. Over the years I've wasted a lot of lemons that were surplus to requirements because they'd go soft or mouldy before I could get round to using them all, but now I know that they successfully freeze that won't happen again and the pancakes were very nice indeed.

This afternoon there was a short break in the relentless rain and I nipped out into the garden to remove the heavy clump of ivy from a fence post that had fallen over in the recent storms. Now much lighter, the fence post is propped up again. A temporary solution, but seeing the leaning post every time I looked out of the window had been irritating me.

There was also a short spell of fine weather yesterday. It lasted for an hour or so and I finally managed to reconnoitre the final part of a local walk I want to video as part of my Ambitious Project to start a Youtube channel. I'll explain more about the project in another post. :)
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eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: February 15th, 2018 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Lemon-freezing, how clever! I mostly just freeze berries, if I can keep from eating them all in the first day or two. So you slice them? How thick are the slices?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 16th, 2018 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just sliced them as I normally would, the sort of thickness for a lemon slice in a drink. I then wrapped them in clingfilm in little bundles of around 4 or 5 slices and then put the bundles into a plastic bag and froze them.

This was my first attempt and since then I've thawed some to make baked chicken breasts with lemon and garlic and again for squeezing the juice on the pancakes. Both were very successful. I will definitely do this again.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: February 17th, 2018 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Such a great idea. I find myself saving half a lemon in the refrigerator and then never using it - from now on, I'm following your lead. Thanks!
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