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Tangy Lemon Curd

Quick and Easy: Ready in 30

lemon curd fwsmI’m fond of Tarts. The more tart she is the better.

Make her tangy and sweet, but not too sweet, and lemon…make her Lemon. Mmmmmmm.

But , to my taste, the curd in many lemon tarts is too sweet and just not sour enough to tickle my Piquant Button.  Ooooo yeh. …I like it Zesty.

If anyone ever asked me, I would advise, that for almost any lemon curd recipe one may HALVE the sugar and perhaps up the zest.

In fact, this also applies to baked recipes that are more than a decade or so old.  For many many years, I have been reducing the sugar in cakes and biscuit recipes by a third to a half and I kid you not, there is often very little alchemic effect.*

220px-INF3-219_Salvage_Up_Housewives_and_at_em_-_put_out_your_paper,_metal,_bones_Artist_Yates-WilsonIn fact, once I heard a conspiracy about the amount of sugar in cake and biscuits. Something about Post Depression Era Australia and the Country Women’s Association.  My Conspirator said that the CWA was encouraged to help stimulate our primary industries such as sugar by upping and promoting the sugar content in all the recipes.  

But whether this is true or not, it is true in my experience that most dessert recipes do over-do the sweet thang.

So here is a tangy little recipe for Lemon Curd that’s prepped in 10 and set in 20.  And yes, it’s Zesty. Stick it in a pie base or serve in parfait glasses or ramekins and lick your spoon clean. 🙂

Lemon Curd

  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 small lemons,
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar, or any finely ground sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 80g butter, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of both cinnamon and nutmeg

Mix zest, juice, sugar, spices and butter in a bowl**. Place the bowl of a Saucepan of gently simmering water ensuring the bowl does not touch the water. Stir until the butter has dissolved. Whisk the eggs in another bowl, and add to the Lemon/ butter mix.  Stir constantly over the heat with a wooden spoon until it thickens enough to coat the spoon. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly and spoon into parfait glasses (or pastry cases if you please). I served mine with berries and Raw Chocolate drizzled on top. 

Refridgerate. Devour. Enjoy.

Fun Woman

xx

*Sugar also contributes to a more moist texture in cakes. To cut a lot of sugar, one may omit an egg white – which dries the cake – or to add an egg yolk.

** I based my recipe on the curd in Kate McGhie’s  ‘Little Lemon Tarts’

Other articles on this topic: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-can-i-reduce-the-sugar-in-135433


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Online Flirting: A Day with a Disembodied Stranger.

Names have been changed to protect both the innocent AND the naive.

Some of my girlfriends have the most amazing date balls.89roNC1367846500

I’m not talking low fat, sugar-free orbs of dried fruit and nuts served at health retreats. I mean big-assed balls of courage when it comes to dating.  Internet Dating!  That stuff takes big cajones. Or does it?

Last week I had a try of a dating site. I posted a profile and then ‘attended to my Inbox’ – which is the point of the exercise no?  That’s a dirty joke…case you missed it.   😉

T’was early Saturday morning and I received a intriguing message from a strange and cunning linguist.  I checked his profile – no photo.  I know!  Why bother reading further but I did and it was FUNNY!  I love funny.

On this dating site, there is section where one may indicate what one is looking for:  long-term dating; short-term dating; friends; activity partners…etc.  My punter had written:  “The idea of an ‘Activity Partner’ fascinates me. I don’t know what that actually means but I want one!”    

An Activity Partner! I want one too! It sounds so quaint and old fashioned and yet it is totally a phenomenon of contemporary culture. We used to just call them ‘friends’ but that word has been shot to pieces by the facebook phenomenon. 

So, I messaged him back and he messaged back immediately, and so I did again and he did again and so forth for most of the next 30 hours.typing guy and dogAt first he was brash, then flirty and familiar in a somehow gentlemanly way.  He was confident to one hair short of arrogant, and then redeemed himself with a shot of humility.  But most of all he was quick-witted, bold and cheeky.  I was receptive, a squeeze of coy, and a little ‘Tigress’. 

56 messages and 24 hours later we had shared a day.Here, I will share our abridged volleys.  He is in Bold and I am in Italics. Enjoy!

(Names have been changed to protect both the innocent AND the naive).

First we have a little chat and I ask him to message me later. Oh it is easy to be cheeky when we are safe behind a screen! 

 

7:36am

  • Come again. I’m here all week… 😉 
  • Ok. I always do anyway!
  • It must be exhausting being you … But inspirational nonetheless!
  • Its invigorating actually.
    Although I am having trouble this morning finding a reason to get out of bed.
    Brrrrrrr chilly
  • Brrrrrrr? Sounds like u have had assistance!  😉  
  • Oh my!  Really! 
  • Stop blushing… If it feels good… Well you could just stay there all day, couldn’t you?

 

11:13am  

I throw in a spontaneous poem:

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My cheeks look sweet with a little blush. 

My chest feels nice with a flush

            Of heat.

                  And I’m not in bed,

                     I’m down the street.

                             At the market Buying beets

(I’m not just saying that for the loop.

I’m gonna make some beet root soup.)   

Ok look here! Always good to throw in a rhyme. Fast forward to 10:41pm and I am getting a little tipsy at a party. But my mind starts playing with this morning’s flirt.  

  • Soooo Mr. No Photo… You’re 16, have poofy hair and live with your parents, right? 
  • No miss. I’m 35 and live on the south side by myself.  Not up to much tonight…. U?

Ok look here! He has sent a photo. …Not bad!

  • At a 40th in Fitzroy it’s all very chic. The people are lovely. Everyone keeps big-upping my hair. Oh it’s the small things in life… Hehehe.   I think I may take up smoking.  Why are u in tonight? Is it just too chilly?
  • I often stay in on Saturday nights, it’s all a bit crazy.  
  • I think u would be good at smoking…4PdRzw1367845116
  • I just went to men’s bathroom with a group of friends. Now I’m a bit sozzed. I’m sure I’m about to get very chatty.  Oh dear.  Tell me something else about you.
  • Ask me anything! You are an Artistic / Musical / Writer – all three?
  • Designer / mother/ spiritual warrior. Now I’m at some other feeble club. Lucky my friends are spirited.
    What’s your name?
  • Jack.  What’s yours?
  • Fun Woman.
  • Thought so…
  • Haha. You did not.
  • I did not i was just trying to induce paranoia… ! Hahaha

12:58am

  • My hair still looks good. That’s good.  I think I better apply myself to this smoking thing though.
  •  I bet your hair looks good… Work it baby… I’m going to sleep now. Will be back when I can’t sleep.

Next day…

9:41am

  • Jail?
  • Holy crap. It Coulda gone there.  40ths are mad.
    I got a cab back with friends and crashed on the couch then the rest of the party came back and everyone got in the 20-person spa. Now with little pinpricks eyes and trembling on a cellular level I’m midway thru a day course in the city.
    Currently scoffing first food since 3pm yesterday. Egg Tortilla.
    Better than jail food.

              Lots of men giving me sultry looks today. Guys love trash bags don’t they?

  • Yes but not when they’re grinding their teeth.  😉
  • What are you doing?
  • I have to go to my Aunty’s birthday and mingle with lesbians. 
  • Oh lesbians.  Thought I may have joined the ranks last night.  I woke up with some serious stay-fast lipstick over my face.  
  • What’s this Sunday course nonsense?
  • Um, blog course.  Yep.  I’m doing it.  But my mind is fading.
  • U would make a fine bloggerist…

12:49

  • Thankyou Jack.  People say that.  Say ‘hi’ to your aunty.     ;D
  • Until soon Fun Woman.

So there you go. A day spent with a virtual literal stranger.  I’m starting to see the online flirting appeal. With a good rapport, a match of wits, and a wifi connection, one can feel an almost instant alliance with a complete stranger. Ordinary life becomes a a running in-joke between you and the funny, uninhibited little monkey on your shoulder/smart phone.  Of course, it can be somewhat satisfying for a single person, kind of like having a partner but more like having an invisible friend.  

Now, as many do, Jack and I could continue this friendship online. We could get past the witty reparte, build loyalty, trust, and share our hearts and pictures of ourselves naked.  It sounds less risky than meeting in person and less satisfying than an actual relationship but lends itself more to fantasy.

But I think I’d prefer an ‘Activity Partner’ to an invisible friend. 

Jack wants me to meet him. Shall I?

Hope you laughed. 

FWSM  xx