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Jars of Winter Sunshine

19 Dec

This year I really wanted to make something, rather than buy something. Thoughtful little edible Christmas presents for my family were it. I was having a think last week while lying in bed with my girlfriend about what I could make that would be a bit of a treat and at the same time affordable and practical.

Lemon Curd, of course, an old classic most loved and documented in the Victorian era served with scones or thickly spread on slabs of dense white bread. It definitely has a tinge of nostalgia around it, almost Famous Five like. It’s also something that’s never the same when shop bought.

All you need is some juicy organic unwaxed lemons, caster sugar, eggs, butter and some spare jars which need to be washed with soap and warm water, then placed upside down in a medium oven for about half an hour.


Makes 4 small jars

Zest and juice of 8 unwaxed lemons

400g of caster sugar

200g of butter, cut into small chunks

6 eggs and 2 egg yolks

4 sterilised jars, 4 waxed discs, 4 covers and 4 small elastic bands

1. Add the lemon zest, juice, the sugar and the butter into a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Ensure that the bowl is not touching the water.

2. Stir carefully with a whisk until the butter has melted.

3. Mix the eggs and yolks with a folk and add to the glowing lemon mixture.

4. Let it cook, stirring regularly for around 10 minutes, until it is thick and curd-like. The mixture should feel heavy on the whisk like a custard.

5. Remove from the heat and pour into your warm sterilised jars and seal while warm.

6. Once cold, label and make them pretty with ribbon or loved old cloth!

(Recipe adapted from Nigel Slater, 2010)

They will last for about three weeks if stored in a cool place.

Serve generously with meringues, amaretti biscuits, scones and slabs of crusty bread.

There are still five days before Christmas day so get cooking and flood your kitchen and friends with some winter sunshine.

(Rebecca Clarke)

(Rebecca Clarke)

(Rebecca Clarke)

(Rebecca Clarke)

(Rebecca Clarke)


Donor 150

10 Apr

Donor Unknown, a feature documentary which has made it to London as part of  a DIY Fringe , put together by a team of queer creatives to make up for the week which was lost at this year’s 25th anniversary of The London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at the BFI.

It was originally showcased at Sheffield DocFest last year and is now heading to New York for its US Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

This compelling human documentary follows a young women conceived with donated sperm who tracks down her biological father online and discovers more siblings than she could have ever quite imagined and a rather unusual nomadic father who ends his anonymity after seeing his donor number in The New York Times.

It’s a very surreal thought to think that one donor could have up to one hundred children. Some children are not even aware that they have been conceived using a donor, which in itself brings large issues.  There are varying levels of laws and screening processes protecting the donor across the world. The London Women’s Clinic allows ten treatments per donor.

Sarah Garrett from the Alternative Families Show took part in the Q & A session after today’s screening. This London based show educates and advises people who are looking to start a family.

Donor Unknown brings to light some key issues with sensitivity and humor which opens the door to a whole new world of alternative family structures. It feels like we are socially running to catch up with theses scientific developments.

It has been compared to the award winning ‘The Kids Are All Right’, which some say based the character of the sperm donor around the charismatic Jeffrey Harrison, donor 150.

It will be released in the UK in June.

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