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All’s right with the world

April 20, 2012

So Poppy’s home safe and sound, bearing gifts of chocolate and other delicacies.  “I don’t think I need to go to Paris again in my lifetime” she said. “but Florence was absolutely amazing”. What more can you say?

Poppy’s been missing vegetables so we had a big bowl of shredded cabbage cooked with mushrooms, beanshoots, carrots and peppers.  Didn’t look much in a photo, but tasted nice. I felt we needed to acknowledge Poppy’s European travels in our meal and so I made a tarte au citron. The recipe’s a bit imprecise as far as the amount of lemon juice goes, but this just adds to the charm.

Line an 8″ tart dish with pastry and bake blind for about 10 minutes. Crack 3 eggs into a bowl and add 3oz sugar and whisk until pale and creamy. Squeeze the juice from 3 lemons and zest one lemon and add this to the egg and sugar mix. Add a scant tablespoon of corn flour to the mix and whisk again. Whip 6fl oz double cream and a spoonful of sugar until it thickens – I whipped it too much – and then fold this into the egg sugar and lemon mix (I had to whisk it because the cream was too stiff, but it doesn’t really matter that much). Pour into the tart dish and bake in a cool oven for about 40 minutes. It should be set, but a bit wobbly, and ideally not browned on one side. Cool and then refrigerate for an hour or so – it needs to be eaten cold with a dollop of cream, and it looks nice dusted with icing sugar.






So we are a contented household. Arlo’s happy that he’s not the only child in the house (and Poppy joined in a shooting game with him to reinforce this), the beloved has recovered from his marathon driving to the airport, there’s a pudding to eat and even the washing machine feels needed again.

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