A laden lemon or orange or cumquat tree is a lovely sight, and can brighten the darkest winter day.
Oysters and Meyer lemon
Quarter slices of well-buttered wholemeal bread, topped with a paper-thin slice of Meyer lemon, a freshly-shucked oyster, and a suspicion of black pepper. This savoury must be single bite size. Choose one of the fine Australian cultured butters.
Chickpea soup with mint and lemon
A sharp tang of lemon, with the warming spice notes of cumin and coriander. The texture should be like cream, not porridge.
Oxtail braised with black olives and orange zest
Allow 3 good-sized chunks of oxtail per person. The orange zest adds a lovely sharp accent to the sticky sauce. You could grate additional orange zest over the finished dish. Serve with chunky pasta
Small portions only! The final float of mandarin liqueur is extravagant but so good.
Candied grapefruit peel
Choose between this recipe and Mel’s seven-day candied peel. And it does take seven days but is super-luscious when completed.