Thursday, 13 December 2012

Day Thirteen

You know how it is when you are on holiday... and the waiter brings you a little tipple of something sweet and delicious to try after dinner. And because it is warm and balmy and you are sitting overlooking a Tuscan hillside feeling relaxed and happy, that little tipple tastes like nectar. So of course you pick up a bottle of the said tipple at the Duty Free shop on the way home. But under grey British skies in the middle of winter it tastes... well... nothing like it did on holiday. I always feel like that about Limoncello. So on seeing a recipe for Clemencello you would think I would be wary... but no!
 
 
I had to make it if only for the wonderful pun on the name. A clementine infused liqueur called Clemencello... what's not to like. And it does actually taste quite good... if you shut your eyes and imagine that Tuscan hillside!

 
But then one thing led to another, mostly because having used the zest from 18 clementines I needed to do something with the juice. And so I had a rummage through my recipes having vaguely recalled making something in the past and the result was several jars of clementine curd.

 
Which of course meant I was left with the dilemma of what to do with the clementine curd... aside from giving it away or eating it straight from the jar which does seem perfectly acceptable given how wonderful it tastes.

 
And so I made a Clementine Meringue Pie...

 
A very summery dessert in the middle of winter...no one complained and it vanished pretty quickly.

 
I rather like it when one good thing leads to another... don't you?

18 comments:

  1. You have been on busy lady. That pie looks yummy. :)

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  2. I'm moving next door to you Gina!!!!! ;)
    I do know what you mean Sangria isn't the same either in a cold and dismal N.I., wonderful when you're in Barcelona though!!
    V xxx

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  3. Those all look wonderful and I can imagine the aroma at your house.

    I always think of citrus as being a winter fruit since we always used to get Clementines, Tangerines and Satsumas in the winter, even though you can get them year-round now.

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  4. Gina, I'm trying to keep up with commenting on your daily posts and failing miserably. Know that I am here even if I don't leave my mark! It's just that I feel like a sloth compared to you. I am amazed at how much you fit into the same hours as the rest of us... are you taking Sanatogen or is that liquer laced with something else to keep you going?

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  5. That is one thing leading to another! All looks delicious! X

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  6. Oh your kitchen must smell wonderful. I hope Neil doesn't see this post.

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  7. I WISH I cooked like you Gina. But then, if I did, I have to eat all the proceeds, and then I'd be the size of a house.

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  8. Well Gina, I know that I do like the way that one thing leads to another over at your place! What a delicious progression. Bravo to you, Tuscany and clementines! xo

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  9. It all looks and sounds delicious, and can you come and live in my house please?!!

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  10. The clemencello is all about vitamin C for sure! Last winter, we discovered lemon cello straight out of the freezer - it is glorious!

    And what a beautiful looking pie.

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  11. I wish one thing led to another like that in my house, you can come to visit any time you like! I have been known to eat lemon curd straight from the bottle, I am sure clementine curd would be eaually delicious! Cheers

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  12. I'm with greenrabbit.....I'm moving .....right next door to your place. What wonderful aromas must have been wafting about ... and I would have been right over for a slice of that yummy pie.

    wish I had that much energy..... well, and I wish I had an oven to bake it as well....

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  13. The best way to eat clementine and lemon curd is with a tea spoon. It's most satisfying if you eat the whole jar in one go,of course I've never tried it.

    Annya

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  14. The best way to eat clementine and lemon curd is with a tea spoon. It's most satisfying if you eat the whole jar in one go,of course I've never tried it.

    Annya

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  15. Oh my goodness - that all looks bloomin' good and it's a good job I live so far away or I'd have been there with my spoon!

    xx

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  16. Gosh that pie looks good! I was thinking of making some lemon curd but perhaps I'll try it with Clementines :D

    You're being very industrious Gina ... all the above and those Christmas puds!

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