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Friday, 20 April 2018

Lunch in the Lemon Grove

An after-Easter luncheon amongst the lemon trees.
We were invited by one of K's many cousins to join them, friends and family for a barbeque to finish off the meat not cooked at Easter.  What a wonderful invitation.  All I had to was put a bottle of wine in a bag as a present, dress casually for the Sunday afternoon get together on the terrace and turn up.

Cousin M owns a large white house in the old river bed.  The house is surrounded by lemon and olive trees planted many, many years ago by his father.  Years ago we used to go and help them pick the lemons and crate them for market.  A very scratchy job but there were always loads of volunteers.  Now the lemons remain on the trees till they drop.  There is no longer money to be made from lemons.  Those that can be sold must be pip-less, big, round, a bright yellow, no blemishes or runts are wanted.  

This year the trees are drooping with large lemons but still there is no market.  We often take a bag or two but our own trees are loaded this year and so are our neighbours trees.  We just received a bag full of huge juicy lemons from Fani next door.  I have baskets and bowls of them scattered around the lounge.  It is time to juice them and make bottles of juice to freeze and make lemonade during the summer. 





The patio is paved with marble, there is a covered built in BBQ, outdoor sink and gas oven.  The table, a large slab of marble, is shaded by yet another spreading tree, this one a carob.  Shade is most important in this sun-seared country.  First find your tree and then build around it.







For us this is elegant living.  Long stemmed wine glasses, a real bread basket, red napkins  .... and a plastic tablecloth but bright and cheery




The two grill chefs discuss the size of the steaks



We are protected from the road and the stares of strangers by a wide strip of lemon and olive trees.  The green and yellow of the trees and their fruit  are a refreshing background




This cat is blind but follows the smell obviously and was rewarded with a pile of  meaty bones.  He grabbed them one by one and was off into the forest above.   If he banged into something on the way he just sidestepped and continued on




This one came a bit closer but didn't stay long.  He spent most of the afternoon running off  intruders bold enough to invade his territory




Dessert, a plate of lemon slices eaten with salt, for those that wanted to refresh the palate.  I went for a bowl of icecream and fresh strawberries!








18 comments:

  1. I am envious of all your outside dining. Always looks like family, friends and food. Lovely.

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    1. It is even better when I dont have to cook or clean up afterwards

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  2. What a beautiful place for the BBQ, we had here 2 days of nonstop BBQ for our Independence day .

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    1. Aha, 3 days! These mediterranean people know how to celebrate!

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  3. Look, could do a piece about biting insects, or nasty smells, or even evil politicians. All this talk of good living is giving me an overload of envy!

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    1. Bugs in Paradise???
      5 times I've written a post on Turkey, threats of war and evil politicians but just didn't press the send button.
      Maybe it is time for the nasties to come out of the woodwork. Making a list, and checking it twice

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  4. The last photo makes my teeth sensitive!
    I always show my husband your food and party photos; he likes the good food and style of life you have there.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. These big lemons are actually quite mild but not to my taste either

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  5. Wish we could grow lemons. The aroma from Citris trees is amazing.

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    1. We have a grapefruit tree just outside the kitchen and the smell of the blossom was wonderful. +Haven't had a decent crop of lemons for a couple of years. Now the whole island is full of lemons

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  7. Wonderful setting - was there any dancing on the terrace? How wonderful to be given lots of fresh lemons, pips and all, I hope the juicing is going well.

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    1. Actually no dancing, just a lot of talking.
      Slowly making my way through the first big bowl of lemons

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  8. I get the other half to find me lemons on his work travels then I like to squeeze the juice into ice cube containers and freeze them, they're perfect when one of us is sick.

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    1. Lots of good vitC. NZ has wonderful citrus fruit. We used to have a huge old tree in our garden

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  9. could you slice them and dry them. could you make and sell garlands like this? If there are so many to be taken and used up.

    https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/craft-hobbies/crafting/make-a-dried-orange-christmas-garland

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    1. Give them away maybe. Just going to look at these

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  10. or even candy them and put them in ice cream like tutti fruiti

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