Weekly Roundup: Life Gave Me Lemons Edition

Nigella Pound Cake Slices

Lemon pound cake - a possible lemon project.

Actually, technically, Nonna gave me lemons. And not just any lemons – lemons from her father’s lemon tree, which grows in their backyard in San Francisco. I can’t wait to try them out this weekend – lemon curd, lemon frosting, candied lemon peel – so many possibilities.

Of course, there are so many things to do this weekend; sometimes I feel like I spend all week waiting for the weekend, so I can get all my baking and blogging projects done. But I think I’ll manage to fit some lemon confections in there. There’s always time for lemons.

Also, if anyone is looking for Saturday night, Nonna is holding a little get together at the Capital City Brewery downtown. Email me if you’re in need of something to do!

Recipes I want to try, as found during my Internet expeditions this week:

  • Martha at A Measured Memory is back to blogging, with some casatiello (bread studded with cheese and salami). Would that’s make an awesome Superbowl treat? Especially if you served the slices with even more cured meats and nice cheeses.
  • Lemony persimmon muffins, from Mango and Tomato. I think I’ve had a persimmon in restaurants, but I’ve never just picked one up on my own.
  • Pizza, with 00 flour (very fine flour from Italy), from Pete Bakes!

And in other news:

  • Lemmonex’s blog comes to an end. And I am totally sad – like, it reminded me of that epic day when Hissyfit closed the forums (I’m actually really curious if anyone will get this reference, other than my sister). But I’m very happy for her (she has a new job that would make blogging a little difficult).
  • DC must really be coming into its own, because we now have a secret supper club – a secret restaurant run out of a private home. Hush Supper Club serves up vegetarian Indian cuisine at an undisclosed location. Check out their site for details, or follow them on twitter. And check out write-ups from Dining in DC and Metrocurean.
  • Tasting Table – like Daily Candy but for food – just launched in DC. Read about them on their site, or read the write up in Top Shelf.
  • French Twist DC writes up a “cupping” she attending? What’s a “cupping” you ask? Doesn’t that sound kind of dirty? You’ll just have to read about it (hint – it’s akin to a wine tasting).
  • The Arugula Files experiments with black garlic. All I know about black garlic is that it once figured in a Top Chef episode.
  • Samuel Fromartz, the home baker who won Young and Hungry’s baguette contest, had the lucky job of making the bread for Alice Water’s Sunday Night Supper dinner last Sunday – the fundraiser for Martha’s Table. Fromartz writes about his experience in The Atlantic.
  • More details on Meat Week and Wednesday’s pork barrel BBQ extravaganza at Mango Mikes, from Capital Spice.
  • Would you buy a whoopie pie pan? I dislike the whole idea, myself. From The Kitchn.
  • Anyone want to start stalking The Real Housewives of DC with me, in hopes that we’ll get to see some awesome drama? Maybe there’s a way I can get my Real Housewives fix without Bravo! Frozen Tropics reports the Housewives were spotted at Sova Wednesday (although, seriously, like the Real Housewives would ever to go H street in real life? That was so obviously a set up by the producers).


  1. Martha said

    Hey there! Thanks for the shout out – you’re right it would be a fab Super Bowl snack. Glad to be back with the living in the DC food blog world, I’ve missed you guys! Will you be at the next happy hour? It’s a maybe for me.

    • moderndomestic said

      I’m glad you’re feeling better! Yes, I’ll be at the next happy hour – wouldn’t miss it. I hope to see you there.

  2. Bri said

    Ah the closing of the Hissyfit forums…..right up there with when Pamie ended her online journal (she started up again at some point, but it was never the same). I agree, I would love to see if any of your other commenters get that reference.

    • moderndomestic said

      I never read Pamie religiously, but I was addicted to those Hissyfit forums all the way through college. It looks like Fametracker is still up (but is any of it new?): http://www.fametracker.com.

      Also, I just signed up for Tara Ariano’s blog – she has some funny stuff on there: http://www.taraariano.com/

      And I didn’t really realize until recently about the whole “Bravo Takes over Television Without Pity” controversy, but there’s a great write up on Wikipedia (check out their sources). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_Without_Pity

      I still think of TWoP as Mighty Big TV, though.

  3. Lexa (lemmonex) said

    I am really sad too, but I promise I will continue reading you.

    • moderndomestic said

      Awww, thank you.

  4. Great round up 🙂
    The cake looks awesome…wonder if Nonna can bring a few lemons to our HH on Monday 🙂

    • moderndomestic said

      I really loved that cake – haven’t made it in awhile. If only Nonna could teleport back and fourth to San Fran every time I needed a lemon.

  5. Awww, thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Jenna! Dad will be so excited.
    Olga, I will bring a lemon on Monday if I don’t forget and more when I go home sometime this spring. I haven’t cooked anything with persimmons, but I love to eat them fresh.

  6. Rebecca said

    Ummmm. Lemon curd from scratch. That sounds delicious. Makes me dream of scones and tea in England. Not that I’ve ever had scones with lemon curd and tea in England, but it sounds nice.

  7. […] – I could grow my own citrus. Nonna, whose parents live out in San Francisco, brought me back lemons from her father’s lemon trees that grow in their backyard. And no, I can’t imagine […]

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