Monday, November 12, 2007
It's Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Christmas
Just so you know, Fuzzy Pajama night was postponed because I had to get zillions. But it's still on the calendar. Tonight, however, we implement another tradition at La Casa Burney, lemons and peppermint.
I acquired a taste for this odd culinary combination when my sister Penny was in high school and I was just a wee one. I had it around this time of year I'm sure, because you really can't find big honkin' peppermint sticks readily available any other time. I've been hooked on this concoction ever since that first time, and at the first sign of big honkin' peppermint sticks (I found them tonight in Walgreen's), I buy a bag of lemons and we do it big, the whole lot of us Burney's.
You need a relatively thick peppermint stick, and make sure you get a straight peppermint stick, not a candy cane. If you get the cane you'll have to cut the curved "handle" off.
And you need a lemon of course. Squeeze it so it's nice and juicy. The idea here is that you're going to make the peppermint stick a straw, and the juice you'll be sucking through said straw is lemon juice, only you'll be experienced with the sweetness of peppermint, for a yummy, minty yuletide treat. Think of it as the expresso of lemonade, with a kick.
Cut the top off the lemon, and break the peppermint stick in half and plunge it inside of the lemon. I like to go just past the center. Squeeze the lemon some more, and joyfully partake! Pretty soon your peppermint stick will begin to dissolve in the more porous center and it'll become a wonderfully wacky straw!
So, try it already. Lemme know how it goes.
Warning: this is messy, but so much fun.