It has been a wet and windy weekend here so our next stage in building the outdoor playspace had to be put on hold…which was a shame as I had so much planned…but not to worry, I decided to use up the baskets of bush lemons and passionfruit we have been collecting.
Wet Winter days always make me feel like getting in the kitchen and as the toddler twosome were getting a bit stir crazy (and red after playing in all the mud with their ‘brellas'!) I decided we would make some Passionfruit and Lemon Butters in the morning and then use the leftover skins to get creative after naptime.
I was surprised to see how much the girls enjoyed these simple little activities and must remember to incorporate more cooking and food activities and craft….they seem to have a real interest in the vegie garden and growing food at the moment, getting crafty and messy with it is even better!
These big bush lemons come from a tree we found in the paddock when we began clearing…it's a bit of a hike but well worth it as they are so juicy!
So it was time to pull out my well worn lemon butter recipe…I just love this recipe, it was given to me by an older lady in a tiny country town after i was complaining that mine never seemed to set well enough.
She passed on her ‘foolproof' and very easy recipe and I haven't looked back!
To make the passionfruit butter I use an even simpler recipe but it tastes lovely….and it provides lots of fun for little budding chefs to join in on the action!
The toddler twosome were fascinated to watch the eggs breaking up and the seeds of the passionfruit swirling around the bowl.
I set out a little paste, some wool which Miss Teen had helped the girls to snip with their new scissors, some googly eyes, some small pompoms for noses (or eyes apparently) and the dry fruit shells.
And then we put our little friends to bed to dry so we can play with them another day!
What's your favourite thing to do with lemons or passionfruit? I have so many at the moment I would love some new ideas!