Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First "Gardening" Success?

Not to jinx myself, but it has been 2 months and so far my little lemon and lime trees out front have not died yet and they still have fruit on them!  In fact, there have been multiple new shoots with bright, fresh little leaves on both trees (though more on the lemon than the lime) and the lemons on the Meyer Lemon tree are actually starting to turn yellow!  There are about 10 decently sized lemons on the tree and I'm SO excited that I may actually be able to cook up some yummy recipes with fruit that I actually pick from my very own little trees soon!  After I pick the fruits, I think I will transfer the plants to slightly bigger pots so that the trees have some room to grow for next year (assuming I don't kill them by then...).  The true test of whether my previously black thumb is developing spots of brown and even green though, aside from transferring the trees without sending them into shock, will be whether or not they will produce fruit again next year...

So now I need to decide what to do with my fresh stash of Meyer Lemons.  I'm contemplating Whipped Meyer Lemon Ricotta topped Crepes, Butternut Squash Risotto with Pistachios and Lemon (perfect for fall!), a Meyer Limoncello made with extra/leftover rinds, this egg-free (!) Meyer Lemon Curd, these Vegan Lemon Pudding Cakes, or this simple but flavorful recipe for Pasta with Peas, Ricotta, Bacon, and Meyer Lemon.  Maybe (hopefully) I'll have enough lemons to make them all!

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