Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Lemons and Limes

Some years ago we planted a West Indian Lime tree, to accompany the lemon tree and the two orange trees that we have.
This year, we had a fair crop of limes, and to my amazement, a crop of lemons on the same tree! I can only assume that the lime was grafted into a lemon stock, and the lemon sent out shoots.
As the lemon tree has not a single fruit on it this year, these lemons are really welcome.

This lime will soon be ready to pick.

A couple of the lemons on the "lime" tree.

More lemons.
I found a wonderful recipe for "Lemon Meringue Pudding" in Julie Goodwin's book. The recipe was from her mother in law, and is simply a lemon meringue pie without the pastry.
I admit I would never have thought of that! I now make this regularly, as it is so quick. There is no need to make and bake a pasty case, just a lemon custard topped with meringue.

The is the cover of Julie's book. It's full of wonderful family-style recipes.
I like to make lime ice cream. I add the rind and zest of three limes to my usual ice cream mix of a can of condensed milk, 1/2 litre cream, and 1/2 litre ready-made custard. Mix well, and churn in an ice cream maker until thick. It has a subtle, sweet-sour taste and has become one of our favourite ice cream flavours.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, it's worth the investment (about R500). You will find that home made ice cream is really delicious, plus you know exactly what went into it!
I have this bowl of lemons and limes in my kitchen, just waiting for me to make some goodies!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Talana Live!

Talana Live! will be held on 18-19-20 October 2013. It's going to be a tremendous event!

Hats for winter, and a cactus garden!

With the weather being so cold, I decided to make some warm hats. I hope to be able to sell these at the Flea Market to be held at "Munchies" in Glencoe on Monday next. Red is such a lovely colour for winter, just looking at it makes me feel warm.
Don't you like my model? She is my god-daughter Shanay. I love this purple, another warm colour.

Beige is not so warm, but then not every one likes bright colours.

I posted a picture of the first few cactus plants that I had crocheted, now I have made a whole garden of them! These are for Creations at Talana in October.

Back to the crochet hook!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Cactus and headbands

This week I have been making 'cactus' plants and headbands.

These are the cactus plants. There are eight so far, and if the inspiration takes me I may make more! I am hoping to sell these at Creations at Talana Museum in October. At least they will not die from too much or too little water!

For a change, I decorated some headbands, also for Creations. I hope that little girls will love them!

 I put beads in the centre of each flower; the beads in the blue flowers are shaped like butterflies.

I try to match or contrast the colour of the flowers to the colour od the band.

So what do you think of these?
Back to the crochet hooks!