Wednesday, 27 June 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Sometimes life can throw unexpected things in your path. The more cynical amongst us call this co-incidence but I like to think of it as gifts from the universe. Sometimes these serendipitous moments are really important, such as if you have an accident and there just happens to be a doctor at hand. Or, just as you are worrying about money, you could find a £20 tucked up at the back of your bag that you had forgotten all about.

My gift however was slightly less exciting...On opening my Ocado shop I found an un-requested bag of 10 lemons. What was I to do with such a find? Was it a sign that I should embark on a marathon G&T drinking session until all the lemons slices were used up?

As lovely as all those G&Ts sounded I thought that it might not be such a good idea, as when you have a son who frequently wakes at 5.30 am hangovers are definitely not the way forward. So I decided that when life gives you lemons the only thing you can possibly do is to make homemade lemonade!

I found a great recipe for a delicious homemade lemonade thanks to Cath Kidston (who else?). Its actually really easy and great fun to do with kids - little hands love squeezing those messy lemons (although make sure they don't have any cuts on their hands or the juice could sting!).

You will need:
4 large lemons
100g caster sugar
300ml water

Then simply squeeze the lemon juice out and add it to the water and the sugar in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat on the hob until all the sugar is melted in and then leave to cool in the fridge.
Make your lemonade to your taste with still or sparkling water - if you are feeling particularly like a domestic goddess you could serve it in a jug with lemon slices with mint sprigs in. If doing this don't forget to toss your hair in a "Nigella" style and remember to look smouldering!


  1. Love it! Not the lemonade (although I really do love lemonade) but the fact that you not only got to make something out of your 'gift' but you also wrote a post out of it too. Now i'm here commenting and you'll probably comment back - it's the gift that keeps on giving. Talking of fruit, I once met a man in Turkey thanks to a misunderstanding over a watermelon. It ended up with me, my family and friends all having dinner at his house and at the end of the meal sharing the melon. Michelle x

  2. Thank you - I'm glad you like what I did! Its great when unexpected things happen. Will definitely have a look at your blog - I'm new to this blogging and really enjoying looking at blogs x

  3. After our Elderflower Cordial making experiment, I think we should give this a go next!