I’ve been holding out for this post for months. Citrus makes me happy, and it’s one of those things that redeems January. (And apparently, January is National Citrus Month.) I mean, those colors! Those flavors! That vibrance! That alone is reason enough to make peace with the month. And I had it in mind to write up this post as a means of focusing on all the things that make winter brighter and cozier, because it seems that so many of us struggle with the reality of winter once January hits. (I got a little sidetracked, first by norovirus, then a little bike crash, hence the delay. But no pity party here! It just reinforced the kindness of strangers, friends and family in supporting me when I was a little bit broken and vulnerable.)
Here are a few of my favorite citrus-related things:
1. Remember that gorgeous citrus cake inspired by a dress? Worth another look.
2. I’ve been experimenting with citrus curds for my cookbook. Love these two versions: Sara’s meyer lemon curd at Sprouted Kitchen and Heidi’s Ginger Grapefruit Curd at 101 Cookbooks. And while the blood orange curd that I made didn’t turn out so well, perhaps if I had followed this recipe from Local Kitchen instead, it would have been a dramatic and gorgeous win. Kaela’s done her homework, and I appreciate that.
3. Love Aran’s Winter Salad on Cannelle et Vanille.
4. Tracy’s Coconut Lemon Scrub on Shutterbean. Yes!
5. Citrus is certain proof that we are loved, says Laura at The First Mess, and I couldn’t agree more.
7. I’ve had this strikingly-hued Beet, Seed and Blood Orange Cake on my to-make list since Kelsey posted it, almost a year ago! How does that happen? From Nigel Slater’s Tender, one of my very favorite cookbooks.
And a few from The Year in Food archives:
From my visit to Heath Ranch:
I could go on! But we’ll leave it at that for now.