21 March 2010

this is where you weigh in

Our lime tree is groaning right now.

a surfeit of limes

I've made a batch of lime butter, which looks just like lemon butter except for the disconcerting green floaty bits from the grated lime rind.

I've given a dozen to a friend, who gave me a bag of tomatoes in return (which are now in the freezer, in the form of several containers worth of passata thankyouverymuchdarl).

I've drunk several large gin and tonics with slices of lime.

I've cut my finger and squealed when the lime juice got in.

The tree has more limes on it than ever.

I.am.out.of.ideas. Help needed.



It's rather hrad typing with a bandaid on one fnger.

67 comments:

willywagtail said...

Squeeze and freeze!

bellsknits said...

oh i'd make a lime pickle!!

artificiallymythic said...

Poor finger!

How about some key lime pie? Or something mexican with lime, coriander and tomato?

Tania said...

If lime butter is just like lemon butter with disconcerting bits, then I fail to see the problem. Doesn't every household require ten kilos of homemade buttery calorific goodliness? Although I imagine large G&Ts a worthy use of the stuff.

ecoMILF said...

Posting a recipe tomorrow- buckwheat pancakes with coconut crusted fried banana topped with lime zest and lime juice infused maple syrup. Highly recommend it! xo m.

Rose Red said...

Lime tarts (like lemon tarts but limey!).
And lots of caipiroska's!

ohjoh said...

Wow - jealous! Our little lime tree has but one... maybe next year....
For you I'm thinking Lime tart, lime slice (instead of lemon slice), curries, stir fries, garnish, squeezed on grilled fish with coriander and a hint of chilli... sliced up with Vodka and lemonade. Sorry getting carried away - it's lime envy!

flk said...

Preserved limes in the Middle Eastern style, just as you would preserve lemons! Lots of salt, lime juice and quartered limes (don't cut all the way through; keep the stem end intact). Stuff into jar, toss in a cinnamon quill/allspice/spice of choice and fill with lime juice. Sit in back of cupboard until winter.

Jan said...

Freeze the juice in iceblock trays.
Try drying the skins? Just a thought, don't think I've ever had them at all.

I have some wonderful homemade aioli with a bit of lime juice and zest in it. Wickedly good to eat on just about anything.

I'd be in on the G&T with a big slice of lime in it.

rachel said...

I'm good at leaving limes till they go hard and brown in the bowl, then binning them. Sorry, no ideas for using more than a squeeze now and then.

But a treeful just cries out for the Courgette Glut approach - pack them in bags, leave them on other people's doorsteps, ring bell and run away.

Bronwyn said...

We have just been eating lime curd butterfly cupcakes with lime syrup on top - too good!!! I would just eat lemon and lime curd out of the jar, actually! And yes, the juice on my sore finger made me squeal too.

little women said...

lime cordial - so yummy- an old fashion fave of ours was home-made lemon cordial but I am sure that limes would make a nice change.
p.s I have just recieved a big bag of them from my sister in Shepparton today!!

herhimnbryn said...

Jamie Oliver's Thai salad dressing.....

Juice of one one lime
3 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sesame oil
( I add 2 tbs water as well)
palm sugar(or raw brown sugar) to taste
1 garlic clove sliced
one handful chopped coriander
ditto chopped mint

Throw all into a screw top jar and shake. Throw over sliced salad veg and add cooked chilled noodles if desired.

This is a verrrry tasty salad dressing! You might have to tweak it to your taste.

I also pour lime juce into ice cube containers and freeze to use later.

pinry said...

i love a slice of lime in ginger beer (if g&t's are getting a bit much). what about lime delicious (like lemon delicious) pudding or impossible citrus pie - so easy and quick to throw together. http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=781791

Martina said...

Key Lime Pie... Yum... I would kill for a lime tree in the back yard...Maybe I should move to a bit closer to warm climates! Oh, I just thought about lime marmelade.

sewjourn said...

Hmm, some yummy curries, lime tart, lime cordial......and I'm sure you can't go past a few more G&T's.

Anonymous said...

Lime marmalade! We love our marmalade in England. Marmalade is like jam, but made of citrus fruit - the kind of jam that you guys call jelly, but it has nice chunky bits of fruit in it. It's fabulous, lasts for ages, gets better with age, and if you make a job lot now, you can even put it in Christmas hampers.

http://www.billingtons.co.uk/home/recipes/13/lime-marmalade

Anna x

Kate said...

I second the key lime tart idea the yummiest dessert.

peppermintpatcher said...

Just pop them into a corona. That's what my Pete would do...

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I wish I had your problem - I keep looking at my sad gall-affected lime tree, which produced zip this year.

If I did have loads of limes though, I'd be making lime icecream from a Stephanie Alexander recipe. Yum!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Make a stiff G&T to keep you going at while making enough lime marmalade for the foreseeable future , not forgetting enough for presents ( sons' teachers and colleagues will love you for ever more ) .
Then swap the rest of the limes for edible treats .... you can never have enough tomatoes !

Susan said...

Guacamole, margaritas, chicken marinated in lime juice fajitas, etc. You have the start of a great Mexican fiesta!

willowcaroline said...

All of my suggestions have been mentioned already.. but I was thinking either sweet (lime desserts like lime bars or key lime pie - can use any kind of lime for that) or Tex mex - guacamole, margaritas, lime on skirt steak tacos... mmmm. Pioneer woman (Pioneer woman cooks is the blog) or Tasty Kitchen (her offshoot site) would be good places to find lime recipes. Good luck and enjoy!

k said...

go mexican! i second susan's suggestions - so many mexican dishes incorporate lime, you could have a whole meal complete with drinks in the theme.

mckie2 said...

Limeade
You know, like lemonade only with limes. I like it.

yarnpiggy said...

Far be for me to dissuade you from further stiff G&Ts, but if you'd like something soft, my favourite drink is sweet lime soda: fresh lime juice, simple syrup and club soda to taste. Very refreshing!

Sophie said...

mojitos and ceviche. have a party!

Rattling On said...

http://rattlingon.typepad.com/rattling_on/2010/03/first-position.html

Lime curd! Funnily enough I posted about this the other day and there's a really easy recipe on there (only I used lemons...). It's delicious- and good for give aways as well.
(PS found you via Smitonius and Sonata)

librarygirl said...

Definetely lime cordial because you would use lots. Otherwise I'd be trying limes instesd of lemons in recipes for example - lime and yogurt cake, lime slice and so on.
Great glut problem to have - I'm jealous!

sooz said...

We had a similar glut year before last (which really made me wonder why limes are so darn expensive when a small tree can produce so darn many). Stephanie's lemon cordial made with limes is great - though you need a much higher quantity of limes than you do lemons for reasons I can't quite work out. Also lime delicious pudding, preserved limes (just like lemons, packed in salt and flavouring bits), lime syrup cake, lime sorbet. Always use the back stop of squeezing and freezing in ice cube trays for use later on.

katiecrackernuts said...

Eeek, I think it was Notebook magazine, or Home Beautiful, can't recall. Preserved limes and something else exotic - was it ginger?

alice c said...

You use lime in Gin and Tonic so drink more gin...

I fail to see your problem, dear.

cristy said...

Mojitos and lime pickles. Mmm lime pickle. I love lime pickle...

Wish I had a groaning lime tree.

Jen said...

I'm adding my vote for mojitos and mexican food with lime and coriander heavy guacamole.

Shammickite said...

Lime marmalade.... yummy!

Leonie Guld said...

I place the juice of mine into ice cubes and freeze them to be used later in the year. Just grab a cube out at a time. I have not other suggestions....So....what do I do with my Zucchini's?

zephyr said...

Martha Stewart has a terrific recipe for a shortbread cookie with lime in it that's fabulous...it's called Lime Meltaways.

And, there's a lemon buttermilk sorbet that I love anytime of year and I'm thinking you could substitute lime juice and it would be equally fabulous.

And...I love making a limeade with melon added...what we call honeydew melon...plus seltzer added at the end.

I will email links for the 2 recipes, since I don't know if I can add them here.

Oh! And I love ginger beer with lime juice added and then fresh spearmint leaves muddled in.

Stomper Girl said...

Mix with olive oil, salt and pepper for a quick delicious salad dressing. Or bring them to craft camp with the gin, I'll help you.

Another Outspoken Female said...

So many great ideas!
If you still have too many limes - make cordial for lime-aid. Sugar syrup and lemon juice, citric acid if you are making a big batch..recipe here
http://confessionsofafoodnazi.blogspot.com/2009/12/making-stuff-is-fun.html

Duyvken said...

Lime curd is easy to make and keeps well (of course then you will have a glut of egg whites...) and I like the squeeze and freeze solution because then you can candy the peel. I do love me some candied peel!

Laura said...

Lime curd! ( Or is that the same as lime butter?)

Marmalade.

Gin & Tonics. Then you won't even mind about the cut fingers!

vaguelyspecific said...

Lime pickle.

Would sell my soul for lime pickle so if you're trying to get rid of any let me know.


Or I'll make it for you if you provide the limes and I get to keep some! ;-)

Helen said...

I was going to suggest both marmalade, and cordial but they,ve been suggested already.However, gin, lime and lemonade is really yummy i.e. lime cordial then top up with lenomade( the fizzy type).Don't forget the gin.

Eleanor said...

If you run out of energy and passion to do the aforementioned, place them in a public place in a basket with a sign saying "free limes from my own backyard".

We do that with our grapefuits every year and it's always successful. We have quite a bit of pedestrian traffic on our street so we put them outside the gate in a laundry basket, with the addition of some plastic bags in case people want to grab more than one.

Better not to be a slave to the limes, sometimes they just need to be set free.

Of course, you could just keep photographing them.

Oh my gosh. You could do a funny lime post every day, like Amelie with the gnome and the postcard photos!!! Lime at work, lime on train, lime at soccer practice, still life with lime and greyhound.

I'll stop now.

Sorry, can't stop, just one more.

Lime wearing knitted cosy.

AMIT said...

It looks like lemon only.

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Janet said...

lime curd cake with layered meringues, whipped cream and white chocolate. Just popped into my head - we could make it together for craft camp maybe? I have finally got the hang of the big meringue...

otherwise, lime cordial. and lime slice. oooh and lime cheesecake. and sqeeze and freeze.

Janet said...

oh and what Eleanor said. set the limes free.

also we might be in a position to trade you for some eggplant.

Anonymous said...

key lim epie? will email you the recipe. - bb

sueeeus said...

Has nobody mentioned the Bloody Mary or the Margarita? Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican foods all have some fabulous use of lime, usually paired with fresh basil, cilantro (coriander), or mint. I tend to skip the mint and use basil instead. It's soup weather? Tom ka gai. YUM!

LemonyRenee' said...

Ever had limoncello? (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/limoncello-recipe/index.html) I wonder what it would be like made with lime instead of lemon. I'd give it a whirl!

Ceels said...

Lime marmalade. I could dig out my great-great grandma's recipe, if you like? I think it is delicious.

Jen said...

Key lime pie seems like such an obvious solution that you've probably already made a bunch. Key lime fudge is also delish.

Eleanor, due to my Great-Lakes sensibility I cannot fathom having too many grapefruit, or why one would mind being their slave. You Aussies have some strange, strange problems.

Trina said...

did anyone mention lime sorbet? xx

Ellie said...

I second the Lime Cordial. We did this recently with a very productive passionfruit vine and it certainly uses up a lot.

Also you can replace lemon with lime when it calls for it in jams. I recently made a big batch of apricot and lime jam - it is delish.

Melody said...

Corona.

Or how about selling them roadside? Limes are so expensive instore - (except here in the UAE where they are v. cheap!) - I'm sure you could easily sell them 5 for $2.

Kate said...

I sliced my right thumb. Half the top of. I cannot do ANYTHING. Zips are especially tricky and I can't text and I haven't knit in a week. I'm going metnal. Um, mental(er).

Anyway, with the lime butter. Make lots of it, then make or buy a pie crust. Blind bake said pie crust, whack lime butter in, tada, lime pie! My friend also likes to eat it on bread.

Dina said...

how about using some lime peel in muffins, cupcakes or cookies??? Lemon and orange peels are used alot, so why not use lime peel???

Oh, and what about using lime juice and peel in ice cream??

Isabelle said...

Good Lord, it's 1.32 am and I don't have time to read 57 comments, so I'm sure anything I might suggest (eg marmalade) has already been mentioned. So I'm just saying hello. (In a Scottish accent. Hulloh.

Suse said...

Hulloh Isabelle!

You sound just like my mother in law.

judi said...

I like the idea of margaritas, G and Ts , lime tart...and if in doubt giving or swapping is a great idea..
boy...lots of lime ideas..57 phew!

Ann said...

This post made my mouth water... literally. Love limes and am SO jealous you have your own supply!

MsCellania said...

Freeze lime juice in ice cube trays. When they are frozen, pop them into litre zip-locks bags. Rinse and Repeat. VOILA! Fresh lime all year long.

Ellie said...

Also when I have a lime or two that I am not planning on using I either slice or small quarters and pop into the freezer to use later.

Scarlet said...

The ideas above are fab!

Don't throw away the lime skins after you've used the fruit, you'll be really popular if you make these;

http://www.notquitenigella.com/2010/03/04/mini-watermelon-jellies/

Wylie said...

Could you make a lime version of limoncello?

Kieren said...

Cosmopolitans, ceviche (fish marinated in lime juice, sounds awful but it's fantastic if done well), key lime pie, marmalade (google Narsai David's recipe, use a melange of citrus), use those tomatoes for some good salsa and margaritas...

elizabeth said...

sympathy about the finger, I have just sliced a few mm off mine with a mandolin