Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lovely Local Lemons and Kiwis

Take a close look at the upper left corner of the photo.  See that?  There's snow in the mountains.  About 190cm of snow.  That's not unusual.  It is December after all.

Now take a look at the fruit in the foreground.  Those lemons and kiwis all came from within 50km of that snow.  I kid you not.  Both are Island grown - Vancouver Island that is.  I purchased the lemons earlier in the week at Brambles.  These luscious yellow beauties are from a grower in Deep Bay and were picked by Brambles' owner and her kids last weekend.  

The kiwis are from the Black Creek garden of one of hubby's co-workers. Once they're ripe enough, we'll cut them in half and eat them with a spoon. (The kiwis, not the co-workers.) Mmmmm.  Breakfast.  The lemons, on the other hand, require a bit more preparation.  Though they are delicate-skinned with a sweet perfume, they're still lemons.  After much deliberation, I decided the best way to serve them would be with brandy.

Local Lemon Hot Toddy

Serves 1

1/2 lovely local lemon
1 1/2 ounces brandy (rum is good too)
2 generous tsp local honey
3/4 cup hot water
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a mug.  Once you've picked out the pips, toss the spent lemon into the mug too.
  • Stir in honey and brandy.
  • Top up with hot water.
  • Enjoy.
If I had been thinking ahead, I would have picked up a bottle of Phrog Gin and made this a totally local beverage.  Maybe next yearUnfortunately it will be that long before the lemons are available again, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.




  1. You're back! It's good to see a new post on this site.

    And local lemons?!? How cool is that? I would drink a Local Lemon Hot Toddy with you any day :-)

  2. Thanks Rosiecat. It's good to be back and to be writing.

    Any time you're heading west you're welcome here. There may not be Local Lemon Hot Toddies on the menu, as we're down to our last lemon, but don't let that stop you!


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