truths i learned on my meyer lemon challenge…

  1. dividing a recipe in half can sometimes be a real challenge…
    for your convenience… lemon bar recipe halved:

    (from vegan cookies invade your cookie jar, p.141)
    original measurement half ingredient
    crust
    1 3/4 cups 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup
    + 2 Tbsp.
    all-purpose flour
    2/3 cup 1/3 cup powdered sugar
    1/4 cup 2 Tbsp. corn starch
    1 cup 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
    filling
    3 Tbsp. 1 1/2 Tbsp. agar agar flakes
    1 1/3 cups 1/2 cup + scant 40ml
    (or 1/2 cup + 8 tsp)
    water
    1 Tbsp. 1/2 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
    2/3 cup 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 Tbsp. 1 1/2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
    1 1/4 cup 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar
    1/8 tsp dash turmeric
    1/4 cup 2 Tbsp. soy milk
  2. meyer lemons have ALOT of seeds.
  3. when you scratch a lemon to see how it smells, if you don’t use it immediately, it looks like a cat got a hold of it.
  4. lemon bars are NOT low fat, you cannot eat these with the same reckless abandon as fun balls or protein bars.
  5. 1/3 cup of lemon juice is still ALOT of lemon juice… it took 1 med and 1 small lemon to get scant 1/3 cup.
  6. if you zest a lemon and then save it, it looks oxidized when you come back to it later… and well, i didn’t use it.
  7. seriously, what’s half of 1/8 tsp… a dash?
  8. half of 1/4 cup is 2 Tbsp.
  9. watching the lemon goo for the lemon bars come together is really neat, i love chemistry.
  10. when you live a life of chaos, you can do things like start lemon bars at 11:30pm and be ok with not being able to put them in the fridge until 1:30am. 😮
  11. five lemons really isn’t very many when you make dishes like lemon bars.
  12. why didn’t i make lemonade?
  13. i only have one meyer lemon left, but 3 more recipes i wanted to try.
  14. when you have a crazy schedule where the time of day means nothing, posting twice in your day is the same as posting on two different days for others.
  15. not worrying about capitalization is fun. (thanks janetha)

the lemon bars are in the fridge, they’ll take at least 3 hours to set… i’ll probably post pictures of it tomorrow.
until next time…
~nic

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