Daisy loves lemons, she won’t get the scurvy

I have piles of beautiful lemons.  So I decided to  make the lemon cheese (lemon curd).

This is how Mum’s recipe, scribbled down in 1981 read. It is certainly spotty and dog eared and up for interpretation.

  • juice of 8 lemons
  • sugar to taste
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 tblsp cornflour
  • 2 eggs, whipped
  • Make in double boiler or on low heat. 7 minutes. stir carefully. Hmm

Today I am taking some of this lemon cheese and I shall make a lemon cake, so stand by. Hairy MacLairy was put in with Mama exactly 5 months ago. So we should be watching for signs of something stirring from now on. Nothing stirring so far. 

Mama as you know is a Suffolk and they are shaped like a skinny bell jar, straight, like an empty toilet roll, this belly bulge only happens when she is pregnant.  But I think we still has a ways to go.  Her udder is not dropping yet either.  Ah well.  I am sure she will wait for the rottonest weather.  I have to stop staring at her. Willing her to look pregnant. It is like watching grass grow.

Hairy is getting fat from stealing all the good extra feed that we give pregnant ewes in their last month,  plus getting too rough with Mama, so it is time for him to go into his own pen today.  No-one will be pleased and there you are.

Last night we had a big lightening storm and rain.  The thunder was so loud and so long that it was percussive and the little house on the prairie shuddered with each smashing rumble. Amazing that sound can shake a house. It was warm enough to have my bedroom window open so I could hear the beautiful rain.  The lightening  flashed for ages and even with closed eyes I could see it.  I love thunder and lightening. All John’s rain barrels will be filled to overflowing. We will have to go around today and empty them because when they freeze, the barrels may split.  However  the cow’s heated water troughs have water spouts, so they will be full too. One less job for me today.

Now I am going to gather a few of those lemon skins and take them out to Daisy to have with her breakfast. She loves lemons. But I am careful not to give her too many at a time so as not to upset that lovely corn-free balance of stomach acids.

It is dawn and 46 degrees and that is our high. The weather site tells me that we will plummet back to freezing today, with the rain turning to snow. So all this water on the ground will freeze solid. That should be interesting! I shall keep the camera handy today.

Good morning.


110 Comments on “Daisy loves lemons, she won’t get the scurvy

  1. I never thought of putting cornflour in lemon cheese – I suppose it saves on time as well as on egg yolks! My arms have nearly dropped off many a time from beating the mix over hot water. It just seems to take hours to thicken. Next time, cornflour, thanks to C’s mum..

    • You know Mum and her shortcuts. She did not like to waste time on things. She liked to get right to the eating bit! c

  2. How amazing that Daisy likes lemons (though why not), I’ve had cats that like curry, crisps and even coffee! That lemon curd looks delicious 😉

  3. How funny that she likes lemons! She and Hairy will miss each other, how sad. I was only thinking today that I needed to dig out a recipe for lemon curd as our tree is groaning with lemons and I can´t keep up with using them. I love it on freshly baked bread but am looking forward to seeing what you do with yours 🙂

    • I have never bothered to make it to store. It just goes in the fridge to eat asap. In Mums day she would make a batch as a treat and we pretty much ate it on the day! c

      • I’m wondering if this would work with Stevia as a sweetener so P could eat it. Do you add a lot of sugar? Is see ‘to taste’ but roughly how much do you add in this batch?

        • In actual fact Marilyn you do not need to panic about sugar if you keep it in the fridge and eat it up within a few days. I have used honey in the past. Can Mr Misk eat honey? This time was half sugar, half honey. I do not treat lemon curd as a preserve so I don’t use sugar to keep it. I like it sour so I do not sweeten much. For me that is three tablespoons sugar and two honey. I like it zingy. The thickening comes from the eggs and cornflour.. Give it a try and let us know. c

  4. Aah yes, those exact measurements of “to taste” – know them well! I hope Mama plays along and times her lambs birth for the warmest winters day, oh and one where you have loads of extra time on your hands – not too much to ask is it? I too love a good thunder storm but where we live they are very few and far between so please do enjoy the next one for me too.
    Good Morning Celi, have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Wouldn’t that be wonderful, a nice warm early spring day please with some sun to warm the new wee bodies! No wind! c

  5. Good morning, well fancy Daisy liking lemons. I love them too as they are such a versatile ingredient. It has been an age since I made lemon curd so thanks for sharing this recipe as it tempts me to make a batch.

  6. I am embarrassingly GIDDY about the fact that you’ve put a recipe for lemon curd on your website. I love the stuff and have always considered it too mysterious to actually make. But I see that it’s probably doable, even by me!! YAY! Any sheep that loves lemons is a friend of mine.

  7. Well, that looks delish…. but a very different recipe from the one I have used. Like Viv I have made it with egg yolks. Your’s sounds a tad healthier….

    • How I did it….

      4 large lemons
      1 lb (450 g) caster sugar
      6 eggs separated
      4 ozs (112 g) butter


      Wash the lemons and zest the rind from two of them. Halve and and squeeze out the juice, removing any pips.
      Put the juice and zest, beaten egg yolks and other ingredients into a double saucepan on low heat and heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved.
      Continue cooking until the mixture thickens.
      Turn into hot clean jars and seal at once.

      • Both sound ever so much nicer than the commercial brand’s label that I used to see (until, I suspect, somebody filled them in on the Problem with their typography) where the C of Curd in the font they used because it was pretty and quaint appeared exactly like an uncial T. I could never bring myself to buy the brand, nor to pass the shelf without sniggering loudly! So immature. 🙂

  8. My question is, how do you move Hairy MacLairy around? Does he walk with you peacefully? On a leash perhaps? Our goats do that and are no problem. The reason I ask is that the other night I looked out the window to see Roxie, our mischievous pig, about 250 lbs happily strolling across the lawn. We had just enlarged their electric wire fence, and somehow she had made the great escape. Anyway, 45 minutes later, after chasing her around we finally got her back in the pen. I just think there must be an easier way to move a pig around! Di

    • Every set of animals are trained to a call and the bang of the bucket. Every time i feed them i call out that word in the same tone and bang the bucket. So if anyone gets out, i get all the gates in order, then I just call and bang the bucket then run like crazy to where I want them to be with the animal in question galloping merrily after the bucket. So the essence of the thing is that I will lead an animal where I want it to go. And he is rewarded with food. i start this training the moment they arrive. And fancy your piggie getting out. I am so looking forward to having a pig. Do you use the sheep electric fence for them?. c

      • That’s so much for this advice Celi! We will start tomorrow! My John will have to think of the word he wants to use, as he is the one who usually feeds the pigs. You will absolutely love your pigs! They are very sweet, and just love attention! They will run madly toward you when you come out looking for pets and scratches and , yes, food too! The electric fences work great with the pigs! It only takes them a day or two to learn that they shock them, and then they are very respectful of the wires. I think the fence must have been grounded on some weeds, or small shrub that allowed for Roxane to make the great escape. Since then, they have been happily staying in their new space. Di

          • Funny you should ask that, as we actually moved the fence because they found and dug up some of the most fertile land in the pasture!!! So now that it is all dug up, we only need to remove the remaining rocks (lots of them as we are in the mountains!) and then the bee garden is going in there!

            • perfect. And it is already fertilised (a little). We plan to put the pigs into whatever field we are resowing each year! They can do the prep work!! c

  9. My MIL makes the most delicious lemon meringue pie with lemon curd, and lemon squares…oh my! Yours sounds delicous. I read with interest how you train your animals from birth to come by banging on the food bucket. We are getting two piggies in the spring, and one of our main worries was we heard if the pigs get out it is very difficult to get them back in! And also that they can eat everything in sight while they are escaped. Which is not a good thing when selling vegetables for a living only to have a pair of mischievous pigs eat up all your hard work! To be sure, we will be using electric fencing…Can’t wait to see Daisy’s lamb(s?) It could be twins, wouldn’t that be something!!

    • Interesting about the lemon meringue pie, i might look at my recipe and see if it could bear adapting.. Yes when we get the pigs Sheila who we will keep to breed and lead, will be trained to come when called. I have one in every flock or herd small though they are. It will not be hard to do with pigs I hope, they are pretty bright. They are escape artists though. I heard of a woman whose pig escaped and ate the washing right off her clothesline. John is building a proper pig sty under the trees. Mama the sheep had quads last time, so I am praying for twins! Quads were hard work.. c

      • Interesting about the lemon meringue pie: I learned to make it (in school, 60 years ago)with a very fiddly lemon filling, but lemon curd could be much better, and a blooming sight easier.

        Escapologists: our pony was nicknamed Houdini, as he would roll and slither under a wire 10 inches from the ground when the hunt was about. We used to have to bolt him in on meet days, and even then he would scramble up the stable door to get out.

  10. Strange weather for January in these parts! Snowstorm one day, thunder and lightning the next. I can see the grass again.

  11. Hi C, Lovely post. Really enjoyed reading it. There is always something going on! Looooove lemon curd.
    Regards Florence x

  12. In these days I hear these lemon cheese around here, from yoga trainers… They make their own (white)cheese with lemon… without using yeast… I noted but I haven’t tried yet. And here once again I come across this lemon cheese… But this is different of course, not to make a real cheese or did I miss something… I can’t believe lovely Daisy loves lemon! Oh my God! On the other hand, it is accepted that lemon is not acidic… even as it is said that lemon neutralizes the acid when we eat them or drink them… But I don’t know what to think, one of my doctors doesn’t accept this, but another one says it is true… not an acidic fruit… Anyway, Thank you dear Cecilia, have a nice day, with my love, nia

  13. I love lemon curd and keep it in the fridge most of the time. I better make more today so I’ll be ready for your cake. I have two yorkies that will take the lemon slice right out of my iced tea glass.

  14. So, Daisy likes lemons, eh? Is she ever in the wrong climate! Wasn’t that thunderstorm something? It’s always so unexpected in the Winter and the first thunderclap is such a surprise. I agree about how loud the storms are out in the country. When I’m back in Michigan, the thunder seems 10 times louder than anything here in Chicago. Stay warm, Celi. The wind has picked up and temps are already dropping here. Gonna ba a cold one, again. 🙂

  15. Thunder and lightning and lemon curd all in the same place …. heavenly!

  16. I miss thunder and lightning. I guess that being on an island means that there’s not enough land for anything worthwhile to build up over. Usually a quick flash and a bang and that’s about all you get here!

    • mm.. when i first came her from NZ (I was 16) I was absolutely horrified by the thunder that rolled and rolled for ages and and lightening that did not stop.. i thought the world was ending! c

    • Always at this time I turn into a monster, dogging that poor sheep and staring intently at her in the hopes of A SIGN! Today she looks very pregnant, some days Not! all that wool gets in the way! c

  17. I love the fact this is your mum’s recipe from 1981. So does this go quite thick, i.e. could you spread it? I think I’m getting confused with lemon butter. Now, back to staring at the sheep…

    • It is lemon butter, mum has written both here lemon cheese, lemon butter. and we call it lemon curd. All the same (I think) and yes it goes very thick when cold and you spread it! c

  18. I love lemon curd but always find it too sweet from the supermarket, so thanks for the recipe, never made it with cornflour, so will try it. Thanks to your mum!

  19. I adore lemon curd…especially with home made pound cake and fresh blueberries. Delish! I’m jealous of your thunder storm. We need moisture SO BADLY – haven’t had rain since June.

  20. Making lemon cheese, that brings back such memories! Having an abundance of lemons always seems to me to be a very Kiwi thing – but there you are in the cold lands of the USA and you have plenty too. Hope it tastes really good! It certainly looks enticing.

  21. Lemon curd is one of my favourites…I’ll have to see what’s in the curd they sell at our local store. I wonder how Daisy discovered her love of lemons. Did she find the compost?

  22. I have never tried using cornflour in my curd! I love the lightening storms but we get them very seldom where we live – have a super day 🙂

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