single frame: Ingredients for lemon pie

Ingredients for lemon pie

Ingredients for lemon pie
Canon PowerShot S95

My wife has been working on a personal project that, in part, involves adapting recipes from the 1800s to turn out well using modern cooking methods.

A lemon pie recipe proved very challenging to adapt. The old recipe called for boiling the lemons, rind and all. It made for a pie I found to be inedible, though the rest of the family managed to finish their slices. Margaret made heavy adjustments on each of three more tries with this recipe before she got a result that worked.

These ingredients went into the final, successful pie. This is exactly how Margaret arranged them on that colorful plate. She lay it on the dining table, lit only by sunlight through the back door window.

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9 responses to “single frame: Ingredients for lemon pie”

  1. J P Avatar

    Just think – your home could be the first one to see a lemon pie made from actual lemons in 100 years.

    That is actually a cool project!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We’ve had three pies made with actual lemons now!

  2. brandib1977 Avatar

    What a fun project! I spend a fair amount of time adjusting familiar recipes to something vegan or vegetarian so I’m familiar with that experimental process and feel your pain.

    Love the photo!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We adjust recipes here all the time around our crazy dietary restrictions. It’s a way of life.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        I hear that. But I especially love that she’s discovering old recipes and giving them new life.

  3. DougD Avatar

    Good to have a pie maker in the family. We’re very happy that my daughter went to “Granny Pie School” before granny passed away. We can still have quality scratch built pies at family gatherings, and it makes grandpa happy too.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I need to learn from my mom how to make her pie crust. It’s amazing. She uses real lard.

  4. Kurt Ingham Avatar

    Very nice. I am fond of the ‘casual still life’ genre. Lard has a bad rep. (the name) but is almost essential for a lot of baking

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My wife did all the setup, inadvertently. All I had to do was photograph it!

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