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I buy fat lemons whenever I see them in local markets or the local supermarket. You need Kilner type 1-litre jars which need to be sterilised by putting them, detergent free, in the dishwasher on the fastest cycle.

Bretagne, France

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IngredientsMakes: 1 (1 litre) jar

  • 6 to 8 large lemons
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt for each lemon
  • olive oil as needed

MethodExtra time:56days curing › Ready in:56days

  1. Cut the lemons in quarters, place in a bowl and rub each lemon with 2 teaspoons salt.
  2. Pack the lemons as tightly as you can into a sterilised 1-litre jar and make sure all of the salt is included.
  3. Pour over a mixture of half water, half olive oil, enough to fully cover the lemons. Leave in a cool place for at least 8 weeks before using to allow the salt to do its work. The lemons keep for 6 months to 1 year in the refrigerator.


Sometimes bay leaves, peppercorns and other spices are added but I think these additions detract from the lovely, pure citrus tang.

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This recipe will cure your fear of aspic once and for all

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I have never once desired to eat aspic, because every picture I have ever seen of aspic has been legitimately gross. These photographs revolt me to the point where I cannot fathom how any human being has ever thought them fit for consumption. and yet, I cannot resist them. I hoard midcentury cookbook images of aspics and molds like gelatinized pornography. I have photos of them displayed around my house.

These photos are meant to make the viewer say, “This looks good! I should make this!” And it worked, for decades. I had always assumed that the only reasonable explanation for aspic’s onetime popularity is that people were enchanted by the idea that a true dinnertime showstopper was within reach, regardless of how it tasted. There’s no way any of the aspics of yore were as delicious as they claimed to be, or as flawlessly firm and jiggly as they seemed in pictures. right?

While I can’t speak for the aspic recipes that adorn the walls of my home (which I have yet to summon the courage to make), I can assure you that in this recipe, great texture and taste are achieved all at once. The gelatin is firm enough to hold this terrine on the platter, but when cut and served on good bread, it unravels into a soft white wine jelly that gently clings to firm bites of spicy preserved lemons and briny, buttery olives, and dissolves into silky nothingness the moment it hits your tongue. This recipe is antithetical to my long-held aspic hesitations, and I’m a little sad I let the shortcomings of retro photography poison me against the genre for so long. As I learned firsthand after I finished perfecting it, even the most delicious aspic is really hard to photograph.

Preserved Lemon & Olive Aspic

  • 3 medium lemons
  • 1 Tbsp. Harissa or Calabrian chili paste
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. hot smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 2 large cloves garlic, microplaned into a paste
  • 2 cups roughly chopped olives (I like a mixture of Castelvetrano and and Nicoise)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • Coarsely ground black pepper and sea salt, to taste
  • 1 packet powdered gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • Crostini, for serving

Cut two of the lemons into six wedges (12 total), then cut into 1/8" slices and put into a resealable jar or quart container. Juice the third lemon into the container , then dd the harissa, cumin, paprika, sugar, coarse salt, and garlic and stir vigorously with a fork until the lemons begin to break down. Pour the olives on top, seal, and refrigerate overnight. Stir the olive and the preserved lemons together and let them marinate for another 24 hours.

Stir the parsley into the olive mixture, then taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as desired.

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water, stir, and set aside to soften. Using the microwave or a small saucepan, bring the wine to a boil, then add the olive oil and gelatin and stir until dissolved.

Line a 4-cup bowl, casserole dish, or baking pan with a smooth layer of plastic wrap. Add the olives, spread out, then pour the wine aspic over and shake the pan to help it settle. Give the pan a few light taps on the counter to help remove any air bubbles, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, invert the terrine onto a serving dish, remove the pan, and peel off the plastic wrap. Sprinkle with additional fresh parsley, then serve with crackers and crostini. Store extra aspic in a glass jar and refrigerate.

Preserved Lemons: Older, Wiser And Full Of Flavor

On many occasions in my longtime relationship with cookbooks, I have had this experience (which will sound familiar, if you like Middle Eastern flavors as much as I do). I'm happily paging through my new Moroccan or Lebanese or Israeli book, lost in dreams of lamb and sumac, saffron and figs. "Mmmm," I murmur over a glossy page, "that looks delicious."

I trace my finger down the ingredients list. Shallots, check. Tomatoes, check. Cinnamon stick, check. And then there it is: Preserved lemon. "Drat," I think. "Foiled again."

The flavor of a preserved lemon needs no justification. It's mellow yet intensely lemony, with none of the nose-tickling bright high notes of the fresh lemon.

Here's the thing about preserved lemons: They're not the sort of thing you can just pick up anywhere. And while they're easy to make, it's not like you can just say, "Oh, I'll do them tomorrow afternoon, and then we'll have the lamb Thursday." Preserved lemons can take a month — certainly not less than two weeks. By that time, I've put aside my North African cookbooks and I'm on to an easy French or Hunan cookbook, or a book that's all about ice cream or pickles. Preserved lemons are not great if you have a short attention span.

On the other hand, they keep practically forever. So if you can just make up your mind one afternoon to spend the 15 minutes it takes to cut, salt and jar them, afterward you can pretty much forget about them for as long as you like, or until you happen to think about Mediterranean citruses again.

About The Author

T. Susan Chang regularly reviews cookbooks for The Boston Globe, and the cookbook-indexing website Eat Your Books. She's the author of A Spoonful of Promises: Recipes and Stories From a Well-Tempered Table. For more information, visit her blog, Cookbooks for Dinner.

The only real problem is that they might be taking up valuable real estate in the fridge, where someone not in the know might mistake them for a project gone wrong and toss them. If this is a habit among members of your family, I recommend that you train them out of it. ("Whoever throws something out has to taste it first" is an extremely effective rule.)

Once you've stashed away your very own golden hoard, you're set. You can pair your preserved lemons with olives (is there any other cuisine which makes such magic with old, salty fruits?) in the traditional, braised fashion. You can dress them up with lashings of butter in potatoes or risottos or couscous. They stand up to garlic, and they cooperate with cilantro. They nicely balance sweet flavors, such as dried apricots or honey.

Once, the reason for preserving lemons was the usual one: It was a way of continuing to enjoy the fruit after its season had passed. But the flavor of a preserved lemon needs no justification. It's mellow yet intensely lemony, with none of the nose-tickling bright, high notes of the fresh lemon. The peel — which is the part you use, usually — is soft to the touch and satiny in the mouth. It's translucent, with a muted yellow luster when you hold it to the light, which I like to do just for fun after pulling out the pulp and rinsing off the salt. Sometimes, if the peel happens to be particularly thick, I laterally slice off another quarter-inch layer of pith from the inside, the better to taste and smell that shining cortex.

These days, of course, you can get adorable young lemons pretty much any time you want. (You can even get organic ones by the bag.) They're firm, fresh and tart, and sometimes there really is nothing you want more. But give me my old lemons, mild and mellowed, a little soft and salty, making everything around them seem a little sweeter. They're not the only ones, I hope, that grow more tender as they age.

Recipe: Preserved Lemons

You can find a recipe for preserved lemons just about anywhere, they're that easy. Here's an adaptation of one from Claudia Roden's Arabesque (Knopf, 2005). I used kosher salt, and I can't see that it did any harm.

Juice of 4 additional lemons, or more to taste

Wash and scrub the lemons. The classic Moroccan way is to cut each lemon in quarters but not right through, so that the pieces are still attached at the stem end, and to stuff each with a tablespoon of salt and squeeze it closed. Put them in a sterilized preserving jar, pressing them down so that they are squashed together, and close the jar.

Leave for 3 to 4 days, by which time the lemons will have disgorged some of their juices and the skins will have softened a little. Open the jar and press the lemons down as much as you can, then add fresh lemon juice to cover them entirely.

Close the jar and leave in a cool place for at least a month. The longer they are left, the better the flavor. (If a piece of lemon is not covered, it develops a white mold that is harmless and just needs to be washed off.)

Before using, scoop out and discard the pulp, and rinse the lemon peel under the tap to get rid of the salt.

Recipe: Chicken With Preserved Lemon And Green Olives

This is the absolute best-known way to eat preserved lemon, and for good reason. I have two-dozen recipes for chicken with preserved lemon and olives on my shelves, but Claudia Roden's recipe from Arabesque (Knopf, 2005) is my choice for its sheer clarity and sure-footedness.

The stir-through sauce: Kale, toasted pumpkin seed and preserved lemon pesto (pictured above)

This versatile pesto is fabulous on top of grilled steak or poached eggs, stirred through pasta or spread on toast.

Serves 4
40g pumpkin seeds
A pinch of cumin seeds
4 garlic cloves, peeled, but left whole
80g curly kale, de-stemmed and washed
1½ slices of preserved lemon, flesh and pith removed and finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
20g grated parmesan
A generous pinch red chilli flakes
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper

1 Fry the pumpkin seeds without oil for a few minutes, until they’re starting to look toasty around the edges. Add the cumin seeds and toast the lot for 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and set aside.

2 Boil the garlic cloves in salted water for 3 minutes. Add the kale and cook for 1 minute, maybe a little less, until bright green and floppy. Drain immediately and refresh in cold water.

3 Blitz the garlic cloves, cumin and pumpkin seeds in a food processor, until chopped. Add the kale, preserved lemons, lemon juice, cumin, parmesan, chilli, 1 tbsp of olive oil and blitz again until chopped and well combined. Transfer to another bowl, add the remaining olive oil and mix by hand. Season to taste.

Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Olives

Marinating the chicken for a few hours or overnight is optional.

  • 1 whole chicken,
  • 2 large white or yellow onions
  • Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped*
  • Small handful of fresh parsley, chopped*
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (or 1/4 teaspoon Moroccan yellow colorant)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled (optional)
  • 1 handful green or black olives, (I stone and chop them up a little but you can put them in whole)
  • 1 large (or 2 smaller) preserved lemon, quartered and seeds removed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water, approximately

* Instead of chopping, you can tie the parsley and cilantro together into a bouquet and place on top of the chicken during cooking

  1. Prepare the Chicken by removing the skin and cutting into 6 or 8 pieces
  2. Remove the flesh from the preserved lemon, and finely chop. Keep the rinds in a small bowl.
  3. Very finely chop the onions, garlic, coriander, parsley and garlic
  4. Add the chopped lemon flesh to a bowl along with the chicken, onion, garlic, coriander, parsley and spices and mix well. If time allows, let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or even overnight.
  5. After marinating add enough of the olive oil to the casserole to coat the bottom. Arrange the chicken in the heavy cast iron casserole (flesh-side down), and distribute the onion mixture all around.
  6. Add the olives and preserved lemon rind, and drizzle the remaining olive oil over the chicken. Add the water to the heavy cast iron casserole, cover, and place over a medium-low heat.
  7. Bring to a simmer, try not to boil hard but you do want it to bubble very gently.
  8. Allow the chicken to cook undisturbed for 80 to 90 minutes, and then turn the chicken over so that it’s flesh side up. Cover the casserole again, and allow the chicken to finish cooking until very tender.
  9. Turn off the heat, and let the casserole cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Moroccan tradition is to eat directly from the tagine, using Moroccan bread to scoop up the chicken and sauce. French fries are frequently served with this dish, and may even be placed on top of the chicken.

Spectacular Flavours! First made for a Moroccon dinner in early January 2010 when everyone was sick of Christmas food.

Preserved Lemons Two Ways: Weekend Project?

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I typically don’t/never do this: 1. Post a recipe I’ve made only once. 2. Suggest you make something I’ve never tasted.

Why am I making the exception today? Well, this is the thing: preserving, as many of you know, takes time, and while I would prefer to wait a month to tell you how these preserved lemons turn out, I would prefer more if in a month from now you actually had these preserved lemons on hand, so when in the event I post about something else, something perhaps like the chicken tagine with preserved lemons and green olives I had at Tara Kitchen in early December, a dish I cannot stop thinking about and so hope to recreate at home, you’ll be able to participate, too.

Make sense? I mean, what if on February 10th, I posted about said tagine and exclaimed: Friends, you HAVE to make this. It is the BEST thing you will ever eat. All you need is a chicken, some stock, a bunch of herbs and preserved lemons. You would be like, are you serious? Oh sure, let me just run to my pantry and pull out my jar of preserved lemons. I mean, doesn’t everyone spend all of citrus season slicing and salting and stuffing Mason jars full of lemons? Couldn’t you have given us a head’s up? How hard would that have been? Am I right? Just making sure I can sleep at night.

And so today I offer you two recipes for preserved lemons, one from Jerusalem, which will be ready in four weeks, and one from the September 2013 Bon Appétit, which will be ready in two weeks. Both sound promising. Fingers crossed?

The first method, from Jerusalem, calls for a two phase process. During the first phase, scored lemons stuffed with salt sit for a week in a Mason jar. During the second phase, rosemary, chile, lemon juice and olive oil are added to the jar and everything mingles together for three more weeks.

After 1 week, add a dried chili or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of rosemary.

Update: 3/10/2014: Upon returning from a Tara Kitchen cooking class and learning that the owner, Aneesa, purées her preserved lemons — lemons, salt and juice — and uses spoonfuls of the purée in her dishes, I whizzed my whole batch of Jerusalem preserved lemons in the food processor and now have a jar of purée I am certain will last a decade.

Here’s a little more I learned from Aneesa about making/using preserved lemons: Aneesa does not use Meyer lemons at the restaurant because of cost, but she believes their thin skin makes them ideal for preserving. She uses the more traditional preserving method (the Jerusalem method vs the BA method). She never rinses the lemons before using because once her lemons are preserved, she purées the whole batch and uses spoonfuls of her puréed preserved lemons in various dishes.

The second method, from Bon Appetit, calls for boiling the lemons first, then submerging them in a brine. From the bit of recipe comparison I did on preserving lemons, this method, which calls for a fair amount of sugar, seems to be a bit unconventional. That said, BA described the lemons as “the best [they’ve] ever tasted.” The recipe comes from Philip Krajeck, chef of Rolf & Daughters in Nashville.


Recipe Summary

  • 8 lemons (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • ½ cup kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil

Cut a small slice from 1 end of each lemon stand lemons upright. Cut each lemon lengthwise into quarters, cutting to, but not through, the opposite end. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon kosher salt into each lemon. Place the lemons in a medium bowl sprinkle with remaining kosher salt, juice, 1/4 cup water, and olive oil. Let stand, partially covered, at room temperature 2 days, stirring occasionally and pressing the lemons to extract juice. Cover and refrigerate 3 weeks, stirring occasionally and pressing to extract juice from lemons.

Rinse lemons remove seeds and white pith. Chop peel. Place chopped peel in a small bowl cover and refrigerate up to 6 months.

How To Make Preserved Lemon Sauce

This sauce is made with preserved lemons lemons that have been macerating in salt and lemon juice for 30 days.

Indispensable in Moroccan and Mediterranean cooking, preserved lemons have a unique flavor and silken texture. For how to make them, read here .

To make the sauce, rinse one whole preserved lemon (4 ounces), skins and all, under water to remove excess salt. Discard any seeds. Place the lemon into a food processor or high speed blender. Add honey, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and water and puree into creamy sauce. That&rsquos it.

  • 10-15 unwaxed lemons
  • 250g/9oz flaky sea salt (depending on the size of the lemons)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • 2 dried red chillies (optional)
  • 4 bay leaves (optional)

To clean the jars, preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Wash the jars well in warm soapy water then rinse thoroughly under running water. Leave the jars and lids to dry, upside down, in the oven. (Or you can clean the jars by putting them through the hot cycle of a dishwasher.)

For the preserved lemons, scrub the lemons clean, then cut each lemon in half lengthways. Cut lengthways again, to divide each half lemon into three long, thin slices.

Tightly pack the lemons into the sterilised jars, packing the salt around them generously as you build up the layers. Poke the herbs and spices, if using, around the lemons.

Press the lemons down well and finish with a final layer of salt. For decoration you could add peppercorns and a bayleaf, though this will not affect the taste.

Leave the jar in a cool dark place for at least three months before using. Turn the jars every day. There should always be a layer of salt in the bottom of the jar, so add extra salt if needed. The mature lemons are yellowish brown.

Once opened, keep in the fridge and re-cover with lemon juice or a layer of olive oil after each use. When you use them the only part of the lemon you need is the rind - scrape away the pith and flesh and chop the rind finely. Try a little stirred into mashed potato, or in rice, served with fish.

Recipe Tips

It’s important to use unwaxed lemons for this recipe as you will be eating the rind. If you can only get waxed lemons, scrub them thoroughly under hot water to remove the wax.

15 Beldi Preserved Lemon Recipes

Adding a refreshing citrus element to many dishes, our Beldi Preserved Lemons can perfectly embellish a range of recipes, from main courses to desserts. The recipes below are simple ways to discover the versatility of this exquisite ingredient.


Each recipe includes the additional ingredients required


Each recipe includes the additional ingredients required

Ingredients: 1 jar of de-seeded Preserved Lemons, 50ml water

Remove most of the brine, leaving a little less than the water.
Blend the Lemons, and brine in a food processor, adding as much of the water as you like, which encourages a smoother texture.

Usage ideas: season fish before it is roasted, add to a dip, stir into a stew.

Ingredients: 200g drained chickpeas, 3 finely chopped Preserved Lemons, 2tsp cumin, 1tsp coriander, 1 roughly chopped small onion, 3tsp chopped garlic, 1/2tsp baking powder, pinch of salt and pepper, 2tbsp plain flour, 2tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil

Blend the chickpeas, Lemons, cumin, coriander, onion, garlic, baking powder, salt and pepper, and flour, until it is combined but not completely smooth.
Split the mixture into balls, ensuring they are tightly formed.
Place a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and add the Olive Oil, to the point that it is simmering. Add the falafel balls, and fry until golden brown, and drain on kitchen towel.

Serve with a dip, salsa, and salad.

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower, 3tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil, 2 Preserved Lemons, salt and pepper, 1tsp Sweet Paprika

Preheat the oven to 200C.
Cut the cauliflower into small-medium pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
Half the Preserved Lemons, squeeze the juice over the cauliflower then place the lemons in the bowl.
Generously season with salt and pepper, add the Paprika, and the Olive Oil.
Mix together with your hands, transfer to a roasting dish, and put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Ingredients: 1 jar of Traditional Genovese Pesto, 2 Preserved Lemons

Whizz the Preserved Lemons in a food processor, and once they are a smooth texture, mix into the Pesto until thoroughly combined.

Ingredients: 400g frozen peas, 80ml Early Harvest Olive Oil, 80ml Tahini, 400g can of chickpeas, 1 garlic clove, 1 Preserved Lemon with the pips removed, salt and pepper to season

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and serve.

Ingredients: Pinch of Saffron, 600ml chicken stock, 3tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil, 6 chicken breasts, 1 roughly chopped red onion, 3 sliced carrots, 1 roughly chopped yellow bell pepper, 3 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1tsp ginger, coriander, and Sweet Paprika, 5 quartered Preserved Lemons, 100g Giant Couscous

Place the saffron in 500ml of the stock to infuse.
Heat the Olive Oil in a frying pan on a high heat and cook the chicken for around 3 minutes, take out and place on a plate, add the onions, carrot, and pepper to the pan and cook for 5 minutes on a reduced heat.
Add the garlic, herbs, and spices to the cooked vegetables and stir for a further minute.
Add the chicken and stock to the vegetables, bring to the boil, and then simmer for 45 minutes, until the chicken is tender.
Add the Preserved Lemons, and simmer for 15 minutes more, and meanwhile pour the rest of the stock onto the Couscous and allow to absorb.


Ingredients: 1 Preserved Lemon, 1tbsp lemon juice, 3tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil, 4tbsp White Condimento of Modena, salt and pepper

Remove the inside of the Preserved Lemon so you are left with the rind and blend in a food processor.
Combine the Preserved Lemon mixture with the rest of the ingredients, until thoroughly mixed, season with salt and pepper, and mix again.
Store in a bottle with a sealable lid.

Ingredients: 150g Giant Couscous, 300ml vegetable stock (or whichever flavour you will serve it with), 3tbsp Garlic Infused Olive Oil, 1 Preserved Lemon, 1 diced medium onion, 150g breadcrumbs

Pour the stock over the Couscous, add 2tbsp Olive Oil and allow to absorb.
Meanwhile, halve the Lemon, squeeze the juice into a bowl, then finely dice the lemon.
Add the remaining oil to a frying pan on a medium heat, add the onions, and fry for 5 minutes or until transparent.
Fluff the Couscous with a fork, add the lemon, lemon juice, onions, and breadcrumbs, and mix thoroughly until it is a loosely formed mixture.
Either use it to stuff a chicken, a turkey, or make into balls and roast.

Ingredients: 1kg potatoes, 4tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil, 3tsp rosemary, salt and pepper to season, 3 Preserved Lemons

Preheat the oven to 220C.
Cut the potatoes into fries, and lay on a baking tray. Drizzle with the Olive Oil, and sprinkle the rosemary, salt, and pepper, and mix. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Cut the Preserved Lemons into thin slices and put to one side in a bowl.
Remove the fries from the oven, add the lemons and toss until well combined, then roast for a further 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve.

Ingredients: 4 large non-preserved lemons, 500ml water, 275g caster sugar, 3 Preserved Lemons

Cut off the ends of the 4 large lemons, then into small pieces and transfer into a saucepan with the water, and bring to the boil over a high heat, then simmer for about half an hour.
Finely chop the Preserved Lemons, and along with the sugar, add to the saucepan on a medium-low heat, occasionally stirring for 45 minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken and the liquid has evaporated.
Pour the jam into jars, let it cool, then transfer to the fridge.

Ingredients: 2 avocados with skin and stone removed, 1/2 finely diced red onion, 1 finely chopped garlic clove, Juice of 1 lime, 1 finely chopped Preserved Lemon, optional few drops of Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper to season

Mash the avocado until it is reasonably smooth with small chunks remaining.
Mix the avocado in a bowl with the onion, garlic, lime juice, and Preserved Lemon.
Add the Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper and mix again.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Relish for fish

Ingredients: 2 fillets of your choice (we recommend salmon or seabass), 2 Preserved Lemons de-seeded, rinsed, and chopped, 1tsp parsley, handful of dill, 1/2 small white finely chopped onion, 1tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil, 2tbsp juice of a non-preserved lemon

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Combine all ingredients, except half of the lemon juice in a bowl.
Smother over the fish, then drizzle the rest of the lemon juice over the fish.
Bake the fish in the oven for the intended amount of time.

Serve with new potatoes, and green beans.

Ingredients: 100g Barley Couscous, 250ml stock of your choice, 2 tbsp Garlic Infused Olive Oil, 50g chopped cherry tomatoes, 1 chopped yellow bell pepper, 2 halved and chopped celery sticks

Pour the stock over the Couscous and allow to absorb. When ready, fluff with a fork and add the Olive Oil.
Then, add the vegetables, and mix well.

Ingredients: zest and juice of a non-preserved lemon, pulp and peel of 2 Preserved Lemons, 230g sugar, 5 large egg yolks, 300g unsalted butter

Blend the lemon juice and Preserved Lemon ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
In a saucepan on a medium-low heat, add the lemon mixture zest, sugar, egg yolks, and whisk until combined.
Stir constantly for around 10 minutes until it thickens, add the butter and stir until it melts.
Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

Candied Lemons

Ingredients: 4 sliced Preserved Lemons, 50ml water, 190g caster sugar

Cover the Preserved Lemon slices in a bowl and leave for 45 minutes.
Bring the water and sugar to the boil in a pan over a high heat, add the Preserved Lemons, and simmer for 20 minutes, then remove and allow to cool.
Once cooled, remove from the pan and place on baking parchment.

Use as decoration on a lemon drizzle cake, a lemon tart, and other desserts.


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