An exceedingly simple recipe this week, but with the estival heat there is no better time to publish a recipe for a chilled, tangy lemon drink that goes down so well on a hot summer’s day. This one comes from my maternal grandfather……..
My grandfather liked his gadgets and was an early adopter of many, from video recorders to stylophones, bread slicers to blenders. My grandfather was a bank manager, but he was good with more than number. During the Second World War he was with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). He was good with his hands and he told me that whilst in training for REME he created a musical synthesiser. He told me that he wondered whether it was in fact the first and whether he could have been a millionaire!
He also played the violin, I guess that and his flirting with a synthesiser led him to buy a musical gadget called a stylophone. And just how many of you can recall Rolf Harris’ stylophone? Popular at least across the UK, and played I am told on David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity”, it kept my grandfather entertained for hours. It was promoted by Rolf Harris of didgeridoo and wobble board fame……. and how the mighty Rolf has fallen! The abuse of status and trust to prey on the young has to be one of the worst crimes……
In later life, as my grandfather took over more of the domestic duties, a number of time-saving gadgets began to appear in the kitchen. I still recall the bread slicer he bought and how he managed to cut slices of bread that were almost transparent! A microwave was soon added to his culinary armament and last but not least a Kenwood blender.
I too like gadgets. I know that it may not be obvious from the articles I publish, but that is because I like to relax and take my time when cooking. For me cooking is a pleasure, something to be savoured. A time-saving gadget would just reduce my pleasure. I also believe that living in a finite world under an economic system based on infinite growth, we should all do what we can to turn the tide. If I can save a few watts of power here and there then all the better!
So I like gadgets, I also like books. When I thought today of publishing this drink I looked into my hand-written recipe book, from way back when, and found the recipe I knew my grandfather had given me. That had me thinking and I went in search of, and indeed found, the original user manual from his Kenwood blender from 1974!
I know….. what sort of person keeps a blender manual for 40 years? Unsurprisingly perhaps he had given me the recipe as published in the manual. So here is the original recipe, from some 40 years ago…… easy, delicious and perfect for the summer:
Serves: 10 drinks approximately
5ml Citric acid
Finely peel the lemons, putting the peel into the blender. Remove the white pith and discard.
Chop the flesh and put into the blender too. Add enough of the 1 litre of water to cover the lemon pieces and finely blend.
Put the blended lemons, the remainder of the water, the citric acid and the sugar in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Sieve the mixture into a bottle or jug.
Chill. Serve diluted with water.
You can serve with water or a fizzy pop such a 7-up or Sprite. In either case put the lemon syrup in a glass and add your choice of diluent to taste. Depending upon the quality of the lemons, I usually use about one third of syrup to one third of diluent.
The citric acid crystals are not essential but do add a bit more bite into the drink. Here in Spain I buy it at the chemist’s, but at times I do get asked some questions about what I want it for.
I understand that citric acid is used in some way by people who take drugs. I do not know the details, and to be honest I don’t want to know either…… but don’t be surprised if you too are asked questions!
This week I have included a couple more drinks that are perfect for summer:
tsp – Teaspoon – 5ml
tbsp – Tablespoon – 15ml
Imperial to Metric Measurement:
1 oz – 28g
1 lb – 16 oz – 454g
1 gill – ¼ pint – 142ml
1 inch – 25mm
Common Flour Types:
Gluten: 8% to 10%
Type: ES 70W
All-Purpose Flour / Plain Flour
Gluten: 8% to 11%
Type: DE 550 / FR 55 / IT 0 / ES 200W
Bread Flour / Strong Flour / Hard Flour
Gluten: 12% to 14% protein (gluten)
Type: DE 812 / FR 80 / IT 1 / ES 400W
2017 Lincoln W. Betteridge