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Green Monday & Shrove Tuesday

by Clare Mansell
Green Monday & Shrove Tuesday

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?

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4 comments

CraftyHelen February 16, 2010 - 6:45 pm

Oooops – have had supper and forgot to do the pancakes! Never mind, that’s tomorrow’s breakfast sorted. How inconsiderate – don’t they realise a craft room is one of life’s essentials? Thanks so much for stopping by,xx

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bellaboo February 16, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Love to pop in to your blog and see your beautiful quilts and how Bella is getting along.
Had our pancakes with chocolate ice cream because I forgot to buy the lemon!
I like to use lemons to make a lemon roulade.It’s very easy and I get lots of ooh’s and aah’s when I serve it.

Bellaboo 🙂

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~Kim~ February 17, 2010 - 1:59 am

I am totally jealous of those beautiful lemons!!!! At a time when we are under nearly 3 feet of snow, it makes me more eager for a small sign of spring!!

THANK YOU for your kind comment you left on my blog!! I look forward to getting to know you and reading about your life and your beautiful projects!!!!!

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Gallimaufry February 18, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Gorgeous lemons ~ making lemon marmalade, but won’t find lemons as lovely (or as fresh) as these! Your quilts and your dogs are beautiful! Best wishes, Sarah.

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