Our orange tree made oranges! This is the first year with a decent crop and I keep forgetting about them. At the same time, the lemon tree made lemons! Gotta love winter in California.
Having spent years waiting for these trees to be productive I really don't want to waste any fruit. Which is why I declared last Sunday "National Use Your Backyard Citrus Day." I believe I may have been the only celebrant. The citrus got juiced. The juice got drunk. Drank? Drinked? Or frozen. And even the peels got candied. I tried a new-to-me recipe for Lemon Raspberry Muffins and they were yummy. And I made Ina Garten's lemon pound cake and put it in the freezer for next time I need a dessert. Ironically, I needed a dessert the next day so one cake was in the freezer for less than 12 hours. Bad planning :)
All this citrus use is partly in honor of one of my New Year's resolutions--to waste less food. It's tough with a picky pre-schooler who randomly rejects food all the time but I am trying to menu plan around food we have and actually use it up. Especially produce!
And thus we had these odd looking, but surprisingly delicious, chard pancakes for dinner yesterday. I saw the recipe and knew we had all of the exact ingredients on hand. Except the parsley had mysteriously disappeared so I substituted cilantro. Of course we had the lemon zest for the sauce! Of course I still have most of a bunch of chard left so I'm trying to decide between risotto or quiche. Pretty sure the kids would prefer risotto. And I can use the about-to-turn mushrooms to boot! Wasting less food turns out to be a surprisingly creative challenge.
Next up I'm going to resolve to use what I have when it comes to crafting supplies.