Like so many, I’m starting 2013 with a list of new food goals. I refuse to call them resolutions, as that is a sure fire way for them to fail [no alcohol in January for example…]. But moving right along…
|Minty lime lemon cordial|
One of my food goals for 2013 is to use my Thermomix more. And to blog my experiences with it. And share a few recipes. I’ve had this wonder-toy for nearly three years, and while I use it more than any other appliance, I definitely don’t use it every day, or even close to its potential.
Luckily I now have many friends who also have a wonder-toy and who are happy to share recipes. Such as this one that my friends Brad and Cathie made me when I popped over for afternoon tea a few weeks back.
|My wonder-toy. AKA Thermomix|
It comes from the [I think] 2011 Thermomix calendar. This is my version:
Minty lime lemon cordial
by Mel Kettle [with thanks to Thermomix]
What you need:
80-100g sugar [I like it quite tart – makes the gin taste better]
generous handful of mint leaves
250g ice cubes
3 limes with skin, scrubbed, cut in half
2-3 lemons [2 if big and juicy, 3 if smaller] with skin, scrubbed, ends trimmed, cut into quarters
300-350g fizzy water [preferably sparkling mineral water]
What you do:
Place sugar and mint into Thermomix and blitz for 10 seconds on speed 10.
Add the ice and blitz for 6 seconds on speed 8.
Add lime, lemon and water. Set the dial to closed lid position and push the turbo button 2-3 times.
Strain through the Thermomix basket into a bowl. Once the bulk of the liquid is out, use a nut milk or a curd and jelly bag (or some muslin or a clean chux) to strain and squeeze out the remainder of the liquid.
|A curd and jelly bag – just a very fine polyester bag. Great for squeezing out excess liquids|
Pour the cordial into a clean bottle and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Discard the solids [if you have a good recipe for these I would love to hear it!].
To serve, pour equal amounts of cordial and fizzy mineral water over ice, garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint.
Or, even better, add a generous [very generous…] splash of gin or vodka in place of some or all of the fizzy mineral water. Or replace mineral water with a bit of tonic for a posh G&T. SO GOOD!
|This bottle doesn’t last long in our house!|
What is your favourite summer drink? With or without the generous splash?