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torty Oct 26, 2007 04:41 PM

I'm making a shrimp dish tonight that normally contains lemon rind. My neighbor's lemon tree is out of ripe ones, but I picked some leaves and they smell fantastic when you tear them. Can they be used to perfume my dish? Don't want to eat them but they would be simmered in the stock that the shrimp get poached in .

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    chocolatetartguy Oct 26, 2007 05:35 PM

    That sounds iffy to me. Why don't you use some other citrus zest?

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      brendastarlet Oct 26, 2007 05:37 PM

      I know there are lime leaves in many Thai dishes so I doubt it would kill you.

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        torty Oct 26, 2007 05:44 PM

        Thanks. Actually I finally worded my google request correctly and found several really interesting recipes using the lemon leaves as a grilling bed or grilling wrapper. This may open a whole new flavor door. Oh- the lime leaves in Thai are Keffir lime leaves which area different plant with odd shaped twin leaves.

    2. Cheese Boy Oct 26, 2007 09:09 PM

      I treat them just like lemongrass...a quick lick and perhaps a bite or two to release any of the oils that still remain, and then they're placed on the rim of my plate.

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