It was Ella’s 6th birthday almost 2 weeks ago – seems I am still recovering. Phew! Ella requested a Rainbow Magic fairy party this year. It all went really well – I prepared loads of craft activities, and tried not to overdo the party treats – oh, how I love party baking! I spend the day before getting ready, but the morning of the party was a bit rushed with fairies arriving at 11am, and I had to take Mia to the doctor’s with an ear infection at 9am. My hubby was home holding down the fort with a raging hangover from going to a rugby match the night before. I made him suffer all day.
The garden has been producing savoy cabbage and broccoli this week, so my menu planning has been put on hold, and now I am trying to include broccoli and/or cabbage in most meals. I have also been making quadruple batches of homemade lemonade with an abundance of lemons from Mum. YUM!
Luckily my kids love thier vegies (with the exception to Mia’s aversion to all vegies that are orange. She gets that from me). The lemonade recipe is from the book “Good Food” by Anneka Manning.
Makes: about 750mls (3 cups) base syrup
Prep: 10 mins (plus 1 hour cooling time) Cooking: 5 mins.
3 sprigs fresh mint
220g (1 cup) sugar
375mls (1 1/2 cups) fresh lemon juice
250mls (1 cup) water
lemon slices, optional, to serve
Chilled water, sparkling mineral water or soda water, to serve
Press the mint sprigs with the flat of a knife to lightly crush the leaves. Combine the mint, sugar, lemon juice and water in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Remove the saucepan form the heat. Discard the mint sprigs and set the syrup aside for about 1 hour or until cooled. Pour the syrup into clean, airtight bottles, seal and store in the fridge.
To serve, pour a little into a glass, add a slice of lemon, is using, and top with water, mineral water or soda water.
It will make enough for about 20 glasses of old-fashioned lemonade. Keeps for up to 1 month in the fridge. With 11 weeks to go in this pregnancy, it is the preferred beverage for me at the moment. Well, not preferred – Cointreau, lime and soda would be preferred. But homemade lemonade is good too.