On Saturday the sun shone, Tom cleared the vege garden (formerly the waist high weed patch) and I dried most of the washing outside. I also felt alive for the first time in about a week and took pleasure in making shortbread and lemonade.
I decided at the start of the year that one of my goals would be to make shortbread. Armed with three ingredients and Tom’s Mum’s recipe I did that on Saturday (and added some lemon zest because I’m fancy).
It was super easy to make although I definitely need to explore a better method – my shortbread kind of all fused together in the oven and I think it’s because I melted rather than softened the butter. I also need to be more aggressive with the fork marks and should probably cut it thicker and not put it in the fridge first. And I need to cook it longer. All things that mean I’ll just have to make it again some time soon so I can improve.
I also finally made Dee’s lemonade syrup. I did two versions – a sugarfree one and a sugar one with half the sugar (which still turns out sweet and syrupy). I was a lot less fussy about peeling the lemons and once I’d squeezed them I just chucked them all in the bowl* – I had to sieve it later so figured why bother doing things neatly?
I’ve been really enjoying the syrup with boiling water. If you’ve got lots of lemons or fancy a recipe with less sugar and more kapow then use Helen’s lemon cordial.