When I was at my daughter's in late April/early May, she made an outstanding vinaigrette, a simple mixture of olive oil and lemon juice that dressed the salad in diamonds instead of rhinestones. Last night I attempted to recreate it from memory, and succeeded beyond my wildest hopes.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juiceWhisk together and toss with greens. Delish!
1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tblsp. sugar
freshly ground salt
freshly ground pepper
Then again, maybe it was the greens. I used romaine, spinach, basil, parsley, chives, green onions, radishes and chives.
No, it was definitely the lemon vinaigrette.
I've noticed as I've gotten, ahem, older, that if given a choice of something citrusy-sweet or something chocolatey-sweet, more often than not I want the citrus. Do you lose your taste for chocolate – for me, once a daily food group – as you age?
I have a lime tree, started and nurtured from seed by a friend and given to me almost two years ago. This year the limes are plentiful, and I'm anxious to try substituting limes for lemons. I think I might also try planting a few lemon seeds. It'll take a few years, but what a luxury to be able to just go pick a lemon any time I needed/wanted one.
Another question: Do we always want the thing we don't have? I try to want what I do have; it's so much easier to not yearn my life away.
But I still want a lemon tree. Heh.