Many months ago, theÂ first shape for which EÂ learnt the word was ‘circle’. Â At breakfast oneÂ morning, she stared out of the window, pointed, and said ‘circle’. Â And indeed there were: littleÂ spheres sproutingÂ on the tree in our next-doorÂ neighbour’s garden.
As the circles grew, so did E’sÂ vocabulary. Â Other words were added: tree, oranges, and eventually, as citrus spheresÂ ripened from green toÂ yellow, ‘grapefruit’.Â Since then our neighbour has kindly allowed us toÂ gather little harvests from this tree, and now EÂ may turn to us and request “dada take you in the onbu pick some grapefruit?”
Thank you God for giving growth, change – and fruit.
On the less metaphoric side, little girl’s Mama is now responsible for stewardingÂ a really generous pile of grapefruit. Â We can only drink so muchÂ grapefruit juice (keeping in mind it is yellow grapefruit, the really sour one, not the red, milder one).
We’ve gotten in contact with a local fruit harvesting/distributing charity, but while we’re waiting for things to get sorted we still have a large pile of grapefruit. Â So for the last few weeks I’ve had the privilege of exploring how to fit a lot moreÂ grapefruit into our diet. Â We’ve tried aÂ varietyÂ of ideas.Â Â Some have been great, some have beenÂ embarrassing, all have been fun.
Today was cookies. Â The classic sugar cookie (I was using a strict 1:2:3 ratio)Â requires noÂ liquid,Â soÂ I had to reduce the grapefruit to as little liquid as possible to avoid ending up withÂ cake or scone. Â I zested and juiced two grapefruit, then simmered it in a pan to evaporate it into a gel. Â I then creamed butter and sugar into this gel,Â spicesÂ including salt, and finally flour with baking soda. Â E cut hearts in the doughÂ with aÂ cookie cutter, and into a hotÂ oven they went until they started to singe.
The result was fun. Â It looked like shortbread, smelled like shortbread, but tasted like, in William’s words, “that tree out there!” Â It had a flavourÂ as intense asÂ the fillingÂ ofÂ a centre-filledÂ cookie, only there was no filling. Â We kept tasting it (grapefruit!) and then smelling it (shortbread!) repeatedly because it was so bizarre that there was noÂ visual/olfactory/tactile sign of the extreme grapefruityness therein. Â A pleasant surprise to the end of a busy Saturday.
Other recipes we’ve tried:
- grapefruit, lemon and ???Â citrus jam
- grapefruit juice
- grapefruit sorbet
- grapefruit and feta salad
- citrus pasta (grapefruit zest + grapefruit-based dressing)
- grapefruit pancakes
- pumpkin grapefruit and coconut cream soup/pasta (treat grapefruit like tomatoes)
What are yourÂ suggestionsÂ for how to use grapefruit?