Monday, February 25, 2008

Tart & Tangy: Celebrating with Lime Bars

Lime Bars (03) by MeetaK

 

Looking at the calendar last week I realized that The Daily Tiffin and What's For Lunch, Honey?  were turning two years old! Over at the Daily Tiffin we celebrated on Friday with the entire DT Team and our readers. Hard to believe that both blogs have been around for two years! I actually started with The Daily Tiffin. Just dived into it really. My concept then was to share Soeren's lunchboxes and to give people ideas of the diversity of lunches one can pack for a, at that time, 3 year old.

Two days later I decided to start What's For Lunch, Honey? Not even knowing what I'd be getting myself into! I had no idea what was out there, what was coming my way and how grand the food blogging community was. I just wanted to record some of my recipes that were literally falling out of my old recipe folder.

I was armed with a camera, a computer, had my kitchen and my craze for cooking. That was it! Soon I met many people along the way and they opened my eyes. They advised me on camera equipment, lighting, software, HTML and templates. I have not forgotten these people and I will forever be thankful to you.

Both blogs have given me so much - the first and foremost being all the fantastic people I have met: bloggers, readers, writers, cookbook authors, photographers, food lovers - all of them sharing a similar passion as I do. I have come across some sensational blogs and made friends with many people, all inspiring me in a new way. I have received advice, compliments, motivation and feedback, helping me to grow and to shape the blog to what it is today. The comments and emails always put a smile on my face or make me think in a different direction. I am always surprised and at times overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness I have experienced by my fellow bloggers.

This blog has dared me to think out of the box, having a positive effect on the way I look at food and new dishes. I experience flavors and aromas from a different point of view, making me experiment with new ideas.

Food photography lured me into a whole new world, teaching me so much along the way. I am by no means professional and do not even dare giving people advice on the subject, but I do enjoy my photo sessions extremely. This blog has opened doors and taken me into directions I would not have dreamed of two years ago. People are actually interested in buying my photographs for magazines and their websites! It blows me away. I have also started to write for FoodieView and my first article comes out later today.

All I can say is - thank you! To all of you. I am so glad I was able to share these two years with you - many of you have been there from day one! I look forward to much more and hope you will accompany me on my journey. I hope I was able to give back a tiny bit of all you have given.

What's coming your way in the future?
I do have a few plans and have been working "back office" a bit lately. I have been playing around with the template - you might have noticed a few new trials on the banner. I am not 100% done yet and will be mucking around a bit. I have also de-cluttered my sidebars. As the blog grew so did the recipe index. I was finding it a bit tedious having all of the recipes listed on the sidebar. So I have created a recipe index, which you will find easily on the navbar above, under "Recipes". Furthermore, I have moved all the resources links to one place. What was previously "My Reads" has now become "Links". I have sorted the links out in categories and I really like the idea of having all my links in one section as it makes finding things easier. Having said all that - I do have to say it is all work in progress and I still need to fine tune a bit. I'd love your feedback on these things so whenever you like or dislike something I have done, let me know. There will be a few other changes happening here, but I will let you know when the time is right.

On other fronts, I will be starting a new job in April and am totally ecstatic about it. It's a position I have had my eye on since last summer. It's at the university here in Weimar working with international PhD. students. The Bauhaus Research School will be my workplace as of April. Wish me luck!

This of course will be effecting a few things around here too. One thing that will be changing is the way the Monthly Mingle will be hosted. I am planning on asking guest hosts to take over an event every other month. If you are interested in hosting the Monthly Mingle please contact me on blogmeeta@gmail.com. On the Monthly Mingle page I will place the official MM Hosting calendar for everyone to refer to. In March, the Monthly Mingle will be hosted by my charming DT colleague Abby over at Eat The Right Stuff. We'll announce the theme during the roundup of the current One-Dish Dinners theme.

Phew! A lot of news, information and happenings. Now I guess you are ready for some food. Well, I do have a little treat for you. I recently got my hands on the spectacular cookbook by Alice Medrich - Pure Desserts. It's a refreshing dessert book, where the ingredients play the main role. It's my newest addition to my ever growing collection of cookbooks and this is the first recipe I decided to try.

I love tangy and tart desserts, so when I read Medrich's note on this recipe, I knew that this was what I wanted to make first. She says:

"An esteemed New England cooking magazine once pronounced my lemon bars too sour, though my cooking students and guests continue to declare them the best ever. ....
I mention this so you will know what you are getting into here: very special (and very tangy) citrus bars with a tender, crunchy crust."

I used limes for these bars and everything Medrich says about them is true. They are not sour, but wonderfully tart. The topping soft and moist, the base tender and crisp. We actually ate them a day after they were made, which gave the aromas an opportunity to infuse with each other is such perfect harmony, it was as if one was biting into their own piece of heaven.

I hope to discover Pure Desserts further and already have my eyes on a few interesting desserts. When I do I will share my discovers with you. In the meantime enjoy these lovely Lime Bars!


Reminders!

Monthly Mingle - One-Dish Dinners
Come on over with your casseroles, crockpots or baked dishes. I am looking for innovative and creative one-dish meals. Looking forward to having you all over.
Deadline: March 10th, 2008

Eat Fresh
Share your fresh produce with us. Show us your weekly bounty from the Farmer's Market, grocery stores or CSA box.

Deadline: March 31st, 2008


Very Tangy Lime Bars
(from Pure Desserts by Alice Medrich)

Ingredients
Printable version of recipe here.

Lime Bars (02) by MeetaK

 

For the crust

8 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the topping

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated organic, unsprayed lime zest
1/2 cup strained fresh lime juice - from organic limes, preferably
Powder sugar for dusting - optional

 


Method 

 Lime Bars (06) by MeetaK

 

Preparation

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line the bottom and up the sides of an 8-inch baking pan with foil.

For the crust

Combine the melted butter with the sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated. Using your fingers, press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, our until the crust is fully baked, well browned at the edges, and golden brown in the center.

For the topping

Stir together the sugar and flour in a large bowl, until well mixed. Whisk in the eggs, then stir in the lime zest and juice.

When the crust is ready, turn the oven down to 150 degrees C. Slide the rack with the pan out and pour the filling onto the hot crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes longer. The topping should not jiggle in the center when the pan is tapped. Place on a rack and cool completely in the pan.

Once cooled, lift up the foil liner and transfer the bars to a cutting board. If the surface of the topping is covered with a thin layer of moist foam, this is not unusual. Simply blot it gently using a paper towel. Lay a square of paper towel on the surface and sweep your fingers over it gently. this will absorb an excess moisture. Remove and repeat with a fresh piece if required.

Cut into bars and if desired, sift powdered sugar over them just before serving.

Storing: the bars can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator for several days or more. After 3 days, the crust softens but the bars still taste great.


Verdict

Lime Bars (05) by MeetaK

We took these over to some friends for afternoon tea. The flattering compliments were extraordinary. I spoke out Medrich's warning - however all of my friends found these to be delicious. The sweetness is complemented by the zesty lime flavors and the crunchy yet soft crust provides an excellent base for the topping.

You might enjoy these tangy and tart creations too:

CarrotGingerSoup2

 

- Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup with Lemon Cream

 

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- Spaghetti Zucchini e Limone

 

 

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- Ginger Lemon Ice Cream

 

Lemon Meringue Pie 03

 
- Lemon Meringue Pie

 

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- Lemon Sorbet with Limoncello

 

Coffee over at The Spice Cafe is holding this month's Jihva for Ingredients. Her ingredients of choice are lemons & limes. This could not be a more perfect entry for the event.



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44 comments :

  1. These look delicious- I'm quite partial to limes! I've been meaning to get her cookbook...

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  2. Congrats Meets and what a way to celebrate!! Those lime bars are so yum!! None of us in our family have a sweet tooth but those bars will tempt us enough to try now!! And my hearty congrats on your new job and my best wishes to u as always!!!

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  3. Meeta, congrats on your 2nd blogversary, your space here is simply wonderful...congrats on the dream job as well.

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  4. Congratulations Meeta on two years of hardwork and dedication. You know how much I love this space, a treat for all the senses indeed!

    And congrats on the new job too... wish you all the best!

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  5. Happy 2nd anniversary. Love the lime bars. I love lime desserts. They remind me of Spring.

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  6. Nice variation on the usual lemon bars! I would adore these. Congrats on your blog's 2nd anniversary as well as on your new job! Best of luck! :)

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  7. happy anniversary meeta, on the anniversaries and the new job. the redesign is looking great too!

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  8. Congrats on all counts--lots of good news there!

    The lime bars look great and very tempting. That's the second lime dessert I've come across this morning...its like a sign that I need to try this!

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  9. Wow - 2 years! That is incredible! I am hitting my 1 year next month...

    These bars look amazing. I have this cookbook, but I'm ashamed to say I haven't made anything from it yet. But it won't be that way for long!

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  10. congratulations on finishing two years Meeta. All the very best for your new job. As usual, great pics :)

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  11. lime is all over the place in the last couple of days, and i love it! i've gotta get in on the action!

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  12. Meeta, Hearty Congratulations on your important milestone. I adore your photographs. You just know how to play with colours and I admire that. Keep the good work going. Best of luck for your new job.

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  13. Meeta, its difficult to surpass perfection, and yet u seem to do that with every pic of yours!!:) congrats on the new job, this amazing blog, and wish you the best ahead!

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  14. Congratulations on your two-year blogiversary! It's quite an achievement to maintain two blogs for two years -- I'm in awe.

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  15. Two grand years, and a grand post to match! All the best for your new job.
    Oh, gorgeous pictures too - they look so tempting.

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  16. Zesty! And the ample use of icing sugar on the top is great.

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  18. Oooh these look delicious! Chels made lemon squares last night and they were sooo good...maybe these are next!

    Sues

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  19. Happy blog Birthday! Congrats on the job at the University, I am sure you will do wonders!

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  20. What a way to celebrate...congrats to you. Here is to many more years.

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  21. Congrats.. comgrats on ur dream job too.. i simply love ur phtos.. thnks for sharing

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  22. Wow! You're one gifted two year old, Meeta. :) Congratulations!

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  23. lovely! I am always amazed at your photos Meeta! Congrats on 2 years and here's to many more.

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  24. You all are the best! I thank you all for such wonderful wishes. So many of you are so dear to me and I could not imagine blogging without you. Sending you all lots of hugs!

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  25. Congrats with your new position.
    Love the Limebar. By looking at the picture one can feel the tangyness.
    Delicious

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  26. Congrats Meeta...those look so lovely...must have been great tasting...

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  27. Meeta,

    I constantly use limes instead of lemons - they are much more common here than lemons. These bars are divine!
    You can be sure I'll be making these. :)

    And congratulations on your blog birthday, sweetie!

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  28. Wow two years is a great achievement. I love the look of the lime bars. i love tangy flavours but have only ever had lemon bars before. I will remeber the lime version next time I want something sweet and tangy. Keep up the great recipes.

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  29. Congratulations on your new job and completing two years in blogworld. Your blog rocks with all the lovely pictures and the neat recipes!!

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  30. wish you all the best in your new venture, dear meeta.

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  31. Hi Meeta...was really looking forward to this post ever since you mentioned the dessrt in the oven. Outstanding...& a great way to celebrate the 2nd anniv & the job around the corner. Your blog is beautiful & looks like a LOT of hard work. It's tough meeting challenges & a blog with a job is even tougher. All the very best to you. I made cranberry, raisin & pistachio bar cookies yesterday. Those were simple, but these are simple decadent!! Cheers Deeba

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  32. Happy Blog Birthday!
    I didn't realize I had been reading you (and admiring both your recipes and your photos!) for two whole years but I have been! Amazing!
    You have always been inspirational to me and I look forward to many more years of food, pictures and friendship!

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  33. Congratulations on the two year anniversary. Wishing you continued success in everything. Sounds like you have a lot of good things coming up.

    BTW, The photos in this post are gorgeous!

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  34. Congratulations Meeta. Looking forward to many more posts and pictures (especially pictures) on your blog. I really enjoy coming over here.
    The Lime Bars look wonderful, too.

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  35. I adore lime bars, and these look amazing! Limes remind me of spring and summer, and may be just the thing to perk up the cold days around here.

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  36. Those lime bars look good. Nice photos!

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  37. Thank you thank you! I appreciate all the fantastic words of motivation. Nothing can go wrong now.
    These lime bars are a great way to celebrate and glad you are liking them!

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  38. oh happy b-day! and i'm making your lemon bars for my friends b-day this weekend. she's going to love them! I haven't had a real lemon bar in YEARS! So excited to try...

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  39. The new job sounds wonderful! I like to change things on the professional front myself every once in a while...makes for a new vigour. It's the Gemini restlessness, I figure!

    You are changing things around this space too...all for the better I can see.

    On the lime bars: these are gorgeous looking bars and I shall be making these with organic limes from my mom's very soon! (Like tomorrow - I was looking for a recipe that was special without being too much work - and this looks like it!).

    That first picture with the text graphics is great - it's looking like the cover of a book! Sign of things to come? :D Congratulations!

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  40. Happy second birthday on both blogs :) Best of luck with your new job in April, and your slices look fab - I could do with one right now please!

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  41. Hello Meeta,

    I just made these - and they are delicious! The filling is so tangy and delicious - with just the right amount of lime juice and sugar. I'm waiting to see what my coworkers will say tomorrow about these..

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  42. these are delicious!
    I cut down on the amt of sugar, and used brown sugar in the crust - so yummy.
    it turned out a lot yellow-er than I expected, but i'm sure powdered sugar would help finish it off. i didn't wait that long before diving in!

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  43. I baked these about a week ago and they were AMAZING. My family ate them up in a day :)

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

Hugs
Meeta