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Taste of the Amalfi Coast – homemade Limoncello liqueur

Taste of the Amalfi Coast – homemade Limoncello liqueur

 

Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Italy

In a post from about a year go, titled “Memento“, I wrote a little story about one of my most treasured ornaments brought back from holiday.  It’s these two little ceramic glasses from Italy’s Amalfi Coast.  However, as much as the glasses are a memento in itself, the content thereof at the time also plays a big part in why I love them so much!  The restaurant we got the glasses from used them to serve icy cold shots of the local lemon liqueur, limoncello, at the end of dinner!

Limoncello is the official liqueur of Naples and the Amalfi Coast.  It is a bright yellow ‘digestivo‘ and has a wonderful lemony flavor without being overly sweet or bitter.  Before we left for holiday, we read that the story if you’ve made a suitable impression on your waiter, he will bring out a little limoncello for you at the end of your meal.  And apparently if he really likes you, he might even offer you more than one glass!  Now, I’m not saying that our waiter liked us, but the fact that we got at least two glasses each night we visited the establishment, plus the fact that on the last night he arranged with his boss to give us the glasses for free must count for something!

Capri, off the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Capri, off the Amalfi Coast, Italy

So back at home we were naturally longing for the beautiful taste of the Amalfi.  Here in South Africa limoncello is an imported product (I’ve seen one local variety  on the shelf and it really didn’t taste very good) and for a small bottle it can really get a bit pricey.  So we looked high and low for recipes that we could make ourselves and we’ve finally settled that the one from Mamma Agata is really the best one; it taste like the Amalfi Coast in a bottle.  The first time we made it was for my father-in-law’s birthday and it went down a treat.

A few weeks ago we finished the last bit of our batch, so it’s that time again!  (As I’m typing here, hubby has just opened the lid on the lemon peels that’s been steeping in the vodka for the week and the lemon fragrance is just amazing!)

Give it a shot (literally and figuratively) – you will love it!

Limoncello
Our homemade Limoncello

 

Limoncello 

(makes about 2 litres)

Ingredients:

zest of 7 large lemons

750ml vodka

5 cups water

2.5 cups white sugar

Method:

  1. Peel the zest from the lemons, being careful not to cut into the bitter white rind.
  2. Add the lemon zest to a bowl/jug that has a lid.
  3. Add the vodka to the lemon zest and close the lid.
  4. Leave it to stand in a cool place for 7 days.
  5. On day 7, add water and sugar to a pot and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Bring the mixture up to the boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  7. Take the sugar syrup off the heat and pour into a jug to cool.  (We let ours stand for a bit just to cool down slightly, and then we place it in the fridge.)
  8. Once the syrup is cooled, strain the lemon peels from the vodka and discard the peels.
  9. Pour the vodka into the same jug as the syrup and stir well.
  10. Serve in small glasses, straight from the freezer.
    Lemon zest
    Zest lemons
    Lemon peel soaking in vodka
    Lemon peel soaking in vodka

    Lemon peel and sugar syrup
    Lemon peel and sugar syrup

NOTE:  The limoncello will keep for one to two years (not that it will last that long!).  Store it in bottles with a cap or cork in a cool, dark place.  When you want to drink it, chill the limoncello in little glasses in the freezer.  It has to be icy cold when you have it.

Homemade Limoncello

2017-03-19
: Makes about 2 litres

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Ingredients
  • zest of 7 large lemons
  • 750ml vodka
  • 5 cups water
  • 2.5 cups white sugar
Directions
  • Step 1 Peel the zest from the lemons, being careful not to cut into the bitter white rind.
  • Step 2 Add the lemon zest to a bowl/jug that has a lid.
  • Step 3 Add the vodka to the lemon zest and close the lid.
  • Step 4 Leave it to stand in a cool place for 7 days.
  • Step 5 On day 7, add water and sugar to a pot and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Step 6 Bring the mixture up to the boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Step 7 Take the sugar syrup off the heat and pour into a jug to cool. (We let ours stand for a bit just to cool down slightly, and then we place it in the fridge.)
  • Step 8 Once the syrup is cooled, strain the lemon peels from the vodka and discard the peels.
  • Step 9 Pour the vodka into the same jug as the syrup and stir well.
  • Step 10 Serve in small glasses, straight from the freezer.

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Love is in the air on this Valentine’s day… 5 memorable moments

Love is in the air on this Valentine’s day… 5 memorable moments

 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is indeed in the air!  Hubby and I never make a big fuss of Valentine’s Day; love should after all be celebrated every day.  (However, you know us by now – there should be no doubt that there will definitely be something homemade and special on the menu for supper tomorrow evening!)

Amidst all the reminders about love and romance my thoughts have turned to the romantic things hubby and I have experienced during some of our past travels. Most of them was never planned to be romantic as such, but the experiences just turned out to be that way.  Not hard to imagine when you are travelling around with the love of your life!  (What, do I hear you saw “aaaawwwww”?!  Of course!  It’s Valentine’s Day – I can afford to be a bit soppy!)

So, with today being Valentine’s Day here, are my top 5 most romantic moments on our travels to date to get you into the mood for a bit of romance – every day!

A boat ride on the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Sunset Cruise

Amsterdam Canals

The hotel hubby and I stayed at was not in the centre of Amsterdam and as a result they had a boat that took guests to and from the centre each day.  On this specific morning hubby and I caught the boat with quite a few people from the hotel, but in the afternoon, when we were picked up, it was this enormous boat… and just the two of us!  We sat at the back of the boat and the skipper was kind enough to go really slow.  Watching Amsterdam slipping by as dusk fell was a perfect, romantic sunset cruise, just for the two of us!

Getting up close and personal with the windmills of Brugge, Belgium

Bruges, Windmills

Bruges Windmills

Bruges Windmills

Upon arriving in Brugge, hubby and I immediately hit the road on foot to make the most of our time there.  Next to the river that runs through the small city we discovered these beautifully restored old windmills sitting on top of grassy hills.  It was so romantic to stroll the banks of the river hand in hand and getting up close and personal with these graceful giants.  To top it off, we found a local little bar where we were the only tourists!  Great food, great wine and beer, great views… and the best company!  These are the things romance are made of!

Cruising the Canal du Midi, France

Canal du Midi, Le Boat

Canal du Midi, France

Canal du Midi, France

Now the Canal du Midi really deserves a post all on its own; I’ve just never found the words to do justice to the experience!  That said, the 5 days hubby and I spent on the Canal du Midi in our rented little boat was the thing dreams are made of!  It gave us quintessential France, beautiful countryside with small towns dotted along the side, dried sunflower fields passing by slowly.  Lanes and lanes of plane trees.  Green vineyards.  Postcard houses.  Simple lunches with baguettes, cheese and wine.  Sitting under the stars until late night, sipping wine.  The most peaceful and perfect time hubby and I ever had together!

Acting like a local in Florence, Italy

Florence sunset

Florence, Italy

Piazza Michelangelo

I absolutely love Italy.  In fact, our whole Italian holiday should count as one long romantic experience!  One that really stands out for me was in Florence.  We walked from our hotel to the Piazza Michelangelo, which is famous for its beautiful views over Florence.  On the way there, on the banks of the Arno River, we found this little bar.  Nothing fancy, just a few plastic chairs and tables overlooking the river.  It was just before sunset and the sky had this amazing orange colour (just as orange as the Aperol Spritz we were having as sundowners).  Sitting there, looking out over the river with the last rays of sunshine on our faces was so romantic.  The romance took a bit of a backseat on the steep climb up to Piazza Michelangelo afterwards (!) but once at the top the beautiful views brought the romance straight back!

Locking our symbol of everlasting love on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France

Pont des Arts, Paris, France

Pont des Arts, Paris, France

Pont des Arts, Paris, France

For the final romantic moment; one that was definitely planned by hubby.  On arrival in Paris, we headed straight to the city.  Hubby was very specific about which direction he wanted to go and I did not think anything of it, even when we came across the Pont des Arts bridge.  The Pont des Arts is famous for lovers locking padlocks, which has their initials engraved on it, to the fence.  The key to the padlock is then thrown into the Seine river as a symbol of love can never be broken.  When we “accidentally” stumbled across the bridge, I was really disappointed that we didn’t have a lock of our own.  Or so I thought.  Until hubby produced a lock that had specially engraved while still at home; even with the date on which we were going to be there!  How romantic is that?!  (Towards the end of 2015 the city of Paris started removing the locks, after the bridge collapsed for the umpteenth time under the weight of all the locks.  I am so happy that our little lock could watch over the Eiffel Tower, even just for a little while!)

Ann Landers said:  “Love is friendship that has caught fire.  It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.  It is loyalty through good and bad times.  It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”  

May your Valentine’s Day, and every other day of the year, be filled with love!

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In my inaugural post for 2017 I promised that this year WorkFoodHome would really showcase the things I am passionate about; more recipes, travel, photography – and hubby of course!  I am therefore very proud to share WorkFoodHome’s brand new look with you all today!

For the past few weeks hubby and I have been working behind the scenes to get our site this far and I am so happy with the results.  I think it really provides a beautiful platform on which we can build in the coming year.  Be on the lookout for a few more changes and some exciting additional content in the coming months.

I would really like to hear what you think about our new look! Feel free to leave a comment.

 

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