Yesterday was Green Monday in Cyprus, which is the Cypriot (and Greek) holiday for the start of Lent. It is traditional to spend the day with family outside in fields, eating shellfish and flying kites. As I drove home from work yesterday, there were barbecues taking place in orchards, cars abandoned haphazardly in the bondu, and the sky was dotted with multi-coloured kites. A wonderful relaxed family atmosphere.
Of course us Brits celebrate this holiday a day later on Shrove Tuesday, and fortunately enough, the traditional pancake feast also coincides with the citrus season in Cyprus!
The trees are absolutely heaving with lemons at the moment and Jim came back from the golf course at the weekend with handfuls of them. The weather has been very springlike over the last few days and the lemons were actually still warm from the sun when Jim handed them over… you don’t get that in Tesco!
So what do you do with lots of lemons? Well obviously some will be used for pancakes, but I’ve also been making lots of lemonade. I use the recipe from here.
Its an absolute doddle to make and the quantities are easy to remember. One cup of sugar and one cup of water for your syrup mix, with one cup of lemon juice and then top the bottle up with water. It takes a couple of minutes to make and tastes amazing. I really need to buy more bottles so I can start gifting it!
Also for a more grown up version, it also mixes quite nicely with a dash of vodka!
What do you like to make with lemons?