When life gives you lemons, what do you make? Lemon curd of course! I could have made lemonade (which is probably what you were thinking), instead I made this FODMAP friendly, dairy and refined sugar free version of my favourite lemon curd. It’s so delicious and has so many different uses!
Tonight I caught up with the lovely Melbourne food blogger Steph from ‘Friendly Little Kitchen‘ and it was so lovely to finally meet. We had connected through instagram and our blogs and thought it was about time we caught up face to face. We chatted about our love for food, our intolerances, our blogs and life in general. It’s so nice to be able to connect with likeminded people through social media and have the ability to share our common interests. It also got me thinking about other people I would really like to make the effort to connect with, and how lucky we are in this day and age to be able to connect with others so easily through the use of technology no matter where in the world they may be. So I’ve made a promise to myself to make the time and put in the effort to make these connections more often going forward, you never know who you might end up meeting!
I have also recently been participating in the 30 Days of Luck challenge from ‘Find My Niche‘. It’s all about creating your own luck and realising that people aren’t necessarily just ‘lucky’, they generate their own through the way that they think and act. As part of the challenge you are also asked to reflect on 3 things during your day that went well, they don’t have to be huge life changing moments, just positive things that make you realise how many good things happen to you each and every day. So here are my 3 from today:
1. I made a new friend, Steph!
2. I got to talk about and share my passion with a likeminded person.
3. I met with Steph at a cool new eatery in my area that I can go back to.
So if you’re feeling lucky, you too can participate in the 30 Days of Luck challenge here!
Now you’re probably wondering how any of this remotely has anything to do with lemon curd?! Well it comes back to the original saying ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’, its all about being positive and having an optimistic attitude. And although I may have modified this little old saying, I’m feeling pretty good about the way my day went today all while enjoying some of my lemon curd on a gluten free sponge I’ve been recipe testing as my dessert!
4 egg yolks (keep the egg whites and use them later!)
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
60g nutlex (or vegetable based margarine/butter substitute)
2 tsp grated lemon zest
100ml lemon juice
1. Warm the rice malt syrup in the microwave for approx. 20 seconds, making sure it is no hotter than body temperature, then whisk together with the egg yolks until well combined but not frothy. If the rice malt syrup is too hot it will start to cook the yolk which is not what you want!
2. Place this mixture into a saucepan and add the nutlex, zest and juice.
3. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to simmering point over a medium heat. At this point it is very critical to not overheat the mixture as it can easily curdle.
4. Once bubbles start to appear, remove the mixture from the heat while still stirring and allow to cool.
5. Once cooled, pour into a sterilised jar and seal.