Ode to the Lemon
Several things. First, you know how there are unexplained patterns in life? The current one is that Lemon is *the* flavor of the month. I have been making SO many lemon (and lime) cupcakes, to the delight of my housemate who loves them, that it’s pretty remarkable. I mean, sometimes I get bored so I have to figure out how to make the same cupcakes, but different, you know – to keep it interesting. Last year at this time, *the* flavor was chocolate mint. These, from Wendy for her daughter’s birthday.
Anyway, another thing – I’ll be traveling for a few weeks so not a lot of posts in the near future – though I am schedule to make wedding cupcakes in a week or so, which I’m excited about. Cupcakes are perfect for weddings, really – no worry about cutting or serving or plating, a special little individual dessert for each guest. More on that when it actually happens, though.
Almost finally – I love the idea of doing a theme ingredient dinner. Lemon could easily be incorporated into every course. You know, it could be filled with dishes like asparagus with meyer lemon salsa, poached salmon with lemon & dill, or grilled chicken rubbed with lemon, garlic & rosemary, or mashed potatoes with parmesan and lemon – and of course, a million lemon cocktails. Would we get sick of lemon by the end? I think it could be done subtly so that the flavor wouldn’t be overpowering.
OK, really, finally. Did you know that Pablo Neruda wrote a poem about lemons? Here’s a bit of “Ode to the Lemon” (originally in Spanish):
So, when you hold
of a cut lemon
above your plate,
a universe of gold,
a fragrant nipple
of the earth’s breast,
a ray of light that was made fruit,
the minute fire of a planet.