Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I pucker for injera.
I've been meaning to make some preserved lemon or lemon pickle for a few weeks now. I keep buying organic lemons and either zesting them for other recipes, or just letting them dust-up and harden on the counter. Two days ago, however, I ran into Limbo because a little bird informed me they sell smoked salt, and I wanted to stock my Louisiana arsenal for some good recipe devising. Lo, besides the longest wall stuffed with jars of every herb and spice imaginable, there was also a bunch of cheap and local organic produce to procure. Including a barrel-o'- lemons for ten cents each. Yes ma'am, organic lemons for ten cents each; a bargain so steep I could not avert my eyes. So of course being the glutton I am, I purchased a sackful, skipped on outta there for the dog park and immediately abandoned 'em to a lonely corner once I got home.
The lemons are cloudy due to tons of salt, necessary to keep evil things from growing up in there.
But this morn', I woke determined not to let those cheap fruits go to waste, and the result of my mental perseverance stands as evidence in a murky pool of liquid on the left side of the photos you see before you.
Once I started having fun with the lemons and the lovely quart sized Mason jar, I didn't want to stop. So I also whipped up what I hope will be the beginning of some oat flour sourdough starter, which if all goes well, will be manipulated into XgfX injera. Please, if anyone has suggestions for wheat, barley or rye free starters, lemme know quick. I am ashamedly inexperienced in the starter business department; my determination comes solely from a deep burning desire to eat Ethiopian food without a fork. I am bad at starters, but good at Ethiopian eating.
The lemons were stuffed into a jar with sea salt, cut into hinged quarters, rubbed with more sea salt and then covered with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The vapid starter was begun with 1/2 cup oat flour mixed with 1/2 cup warm water and mixed well to incorporate homogeneously.
P.S. Megan is getting gluten filled Primal Strip #12. Only one more XgfX chew stick left (but several regular ones still in stock).