Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”. The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 

 Tree of Knowledge, painting by Lucas Cranach

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been artistically portrayed for centuries as being an apple tree, with big red apples, perfectly ripe and juicy. I have come to believe that it was not an apple tree, but a lemon tree. I base this not on anything theological but my culinary knowledge only.

To me the lemon is the perfect fruit - it has the power of both good and evil. It can hurt and heal, it can add to a dish and over power with just a simple squeeze. It is medicine to the doctor and poison in the wrong hands. You can have it in a desert, a savoury dish, an ice cold lemonade or a hot toddy and you certainly can't live without it in your kitchen.

After my first evening at The Cooksplayground,  I learnt to make preserved lemons. It is so simple to make and after a month of waiting patiently, my lemons are now ready for me to use and well worth the wait.

Preserved Lemons

1 Sterilized preserving jar (The bigger the better)
As many perfectly ripe yellow lemons as you can fit in your jar
Sea Salt (not iodized or your lemons will  turn pink)
Boiling water

Slice the lemon in quarters lengthwise, but not the whole way through to the bottom.
Stuff as much salt into the lemon and place in your jar, pushing down to release some of the juice.
Add extra salt in the layers as you place the lemons tightly in your jar.
Once your jar is full of lemons, add boiling hot water all the way to the top, covering the lemons.
Seal the lid and store for at least 1 month before using.
You can add new lemons to your jar,  adding salt and water as necessary.


Kit said...

What are you going to use your preserved lemons for?
Are they worth leaving the Garden of Eden for ;)

Rose&Thorn said...

Kit, they work well with just about any savoury dish - especially those with a Moroccan influence. Under the skin of whole roast chicken, with some coriander and cumin - yummy!
And no, I think they should have thought twice before eating the lemons, no matter how great they are!

Robyn said...

I love the idea of preserved lemons, but I'm never really sure what I'll use them in...

Rose&Thorn said...

Robyn - They are wonderful in stews, curries or even salads. Use the rind mostly, as the pulp can be a little too salty (I love it, but some don't).

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Preserved lemons really enliven chicken.

browniegirl said...

Hehe...I tend to agree with you on the lemon tree. I am never without them and I always have a jar of preserved lemons on the shelf. xx

Canada said...

Ian follows in the footsteps of Merton's last journey trying to discover the missing journal. However, this all threatens the structure of the Catholic church; if people knew what happened after death, there would be no more faith and no need for churches. A top-secret branch of the Vatican, containing deadly assassins, is after Ian in order to stop him before he finds Merton's truth.

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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