lemon slice

It occurs to me at this moment that to get places in this world – I mean places that the world, society, Western culture thinks means something, that we put meaning and value on – you have to be, well, a total bitch. 

Excuse my language, I know that the internet is a wide reaching entity. 

I’m watching the social network and I know it’s not a completely non-fictional movie (or it’s definitely a movie, fiction expected) but it’s a really interesting and kinda scary look at society, our expectations, desires and inner workings. What we want and what we will do to get there. 

For sure in this world, being smart and making money and much more importantly making a name for yourself are about the most important things you can do. This is what we call success. Even in Christian circles, we put everyone in a ladder in our heads according to what they mean to us, how hot they are, how successful, and what they will eventually mean to us. What we will get out of the relationship. Some people put the ladder in front of the relationships with the actual people. 

The society we live in has wired us to be this way but it doesn’t have to be so. We can rewire ourselves to care about people instead of about what people mean to us. Caring about intrinsic value versus the value that people have to us, what they can do for us. 

People screw their friends in this world. They say that they had to, that it was in their best interests, that there was nothing that they could do. 

Nothing that I can do. 

But there are things we can do. They are hard. They involve sacrifice. It means that we have to put others first. That we have to surrender ourselves to the betterment of other people. That’s what the kingdom of God is about, and in the kingdom of God (that is now and not yet) we won’t have celebrity and we won’t have wealth and we won’t have ladders of social standing in our heads. But we have to make those things happen now for them to happen in the future. 

I know this is meant to be a food blog, and the tagline does say life, love, laughter and food. This is one of the life posts, and life is dark and messy and shit sometimes. Sorry, again, about my language. 

I’ll probably be posting more of these deeper-thinking posts in the near future. Let me know what you think. 

This is one of the ways you can connect with people in real life. I won’t deny that Facebook has its uses, but it’s pretty shite for getting a cup of sugar from your neighbour. So make this slice, borrow a cup of sugar from your neighbour reciprocate by bringing some over afterwards. Maybe you can gain some perspective on life just by shooting the breeze with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. 

Lemon Slice

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

I’d made these before and they were super lemony. Deb put two options for volume of lemon filling so I took the second, thinner option, but decided that I liked more lemon rather than less. I’ll put both sets of measurements in for you to choose for yourselves. 

For the crust:

200g unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

salt to taste

For more filling:

7 eggs, room temperature

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 tbsp lemon zest

1 cup lemon juice

1 cup flour

For less filling:

5 eggs, room temperature

1 3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest

3/4 cup lemon juice

3/4 cup flour

salt to taste

Optional:

Icing sugar, to dust

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 180°Celsius. Line a 9″x13″ baking tin with foil and grease it. 

Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in flour until just incorporated. Press into previously prepared pan; bake approx. 20 minutes, until just lightly browned. Cool.

For the topping: 

Whisk together eggs, sugar, zest, juice, flour and salt. Pour over the crust and bake 30-35 minutes for more, 20-25 minutes for less (until set in the middle.) Let cool in the pan. Slice into squares and dust with icing sugar. 

 

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