This is not my first recipe with lemon and I can assure you it will not be my last. Many more will follow and all of them will be delicious and full of vitamins and lots of love. This lemon and garlic soup is easy to make and will keep you warm and happy in the winter! I worked in detail on this recipe with my good friend Thierry. Trust me, he is an excellent and very demanding cook. So, if he says this soup is good, it means it’s excellent!
When I see a lemon tree, it reminds me of a young girl, who is ready to spread her wings but instead chooses to stay because she loves the aromas of earth when it rains, and she loves to give presents. The most beautiful present of all would of course be the lemons, but for me having the lemon tree in my garden is a present itself.
Watching lemon trees every day is a real pleasure for me: Seeing them change through the different seasons; Enjoying the most amazing aromas of the flowers in Spring time; Watching the different shades of green of the lemons throughout the year, for them to turn into the most elaborate yellow colour in the winter.
Not only do we have many lemon trees on the Odyssey olive farm, but part of Poros is the beautiful lemon forest Lemonodasos. Sometimes when I watch the lemon trees, a song comes to my mind…
…..“And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree.”
This is the lyric from the song Lemon Tree of the German band Fools Garden. It became a big hit in 1995.
I’m driving around in my car
I’m driving too fast
I’m driving too far
I’d like to change my point of view
I feel so lonely
I’m waiting for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder
I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me ’bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
I’m turning my head up and down
I’m turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree
I’m sitting here
I miss the power
I’d like to go out taking a shower
But there’s a heavy cloud inside my head
I feel so tired
Put myself into bed
While nothing ever happens and I wonder
And it goes on from there…
Probably there is another deep meaning to this beautiful text, but in my mind it’s all about the lemon forest of Poros. I am thinking of the person that wrote these lyrics coming to Poros, “driving too fast, driving too far”. Lost in our lemon forest, seeing nothing but beautiful lemons. I know that I am wrong about the true meaning of this song, but I love to think that the writer was inspired as much as I am by these lifesaving lemon trees that give us happiness and have such simple earthly beauty!
Lemon and garlic soup
I have made a very poetic entree today, but my intention was to share with you my feelings about my beloved lemon tree, that is the symbol (with of course the olive tree) of our lovely island Poros and its lemon grove.
My advice is to find a friend to cook this lemon and garlic soup with, like I did with Thierry. Then listen to this song while cooking and drink a nice glass of wine, it will be a wonderful experience!
Photography Annette Spaan
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