After that, we came straight home, dropped the YFG off at her friend's house for a sleepover tonight and came home to resume the lemon curd marathon. Eventually the FH phoned to say that he and UJ were on their way home, and so I started to cook the dinner. We had a good meal with UJ and he left at about 9.30pm.
I made lots of lemon curd - I have about 6 jars left and I have given D and UJ a big jar each and another smaller jar to Jean. It is the most simple recipe and works like a dream. Here is the recipe just as I recieved it from the FH's sister in an email:
"I have a very good lemon curd recipe which I set out below - it usually keeps in a cool cupboard until opened and then I keep in the fridge, do not know how long it keeps though as we like it so much it is soon eaten.
100g (4oz) butter (I use unsalted)
225g (8oz) caster sugar
grated rind and juice of 3 lemons
In a medium sized bowl, heat the butter MICROWAVE HIGH for 2 minutes.
Beat together the rest of the ingredients and stir into the melted butter.
Cook uncovered MICROWAVE HIGH for 5 minutes, stirring well each minute. When cooked, the curd should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
Pour into sterilized jars, seal and cover.
As you will note this is made in the microwave and I can say that it is the easiest, quickest and best lemon curd I have ever made."
I totally agree - it is a doddle to make, even for someone like me who has never made lemon curd before! I have more lemons and lots more eggs, so I will be making another couple of batches tomorrow, and then I will be moving on to other egg-based products which I can freeze - cakes and quiches are the first things which spring to mind, although the FH has asked for egg custard as well - the lovely kind with the nutmeg sprinkled on the top.
It is strangely quiet without the YFG here tonight...
Last bit of news for the night - the Gold Partridge Orpington pen has produced two more eggs on consecutive days AND the Silver Laced Wyandotte hen has laid her first egg today!! We are making progress in the breeding programme at last.