We have a lime tree…

When we moved into the house we thought that it was dying.  There were no limes on it, there were sad branches and it was completely over grown.

Since we’ve lived here we’ve hacked at it and cut a lot of the branches off, and the tree seems to be thriving.

Now we can’t use the limes fast enough! They get squeezed on top of (nearly) everything we eat , avo on toast, eggs, curries, pasta meals, salads, everything, but it’s not enough!  The tree is bowing with the weight of them and they’re falling all over the ground.

So I’ve been looking for lime recipes, we need to use the damn things and I hate waste.

I thought I would share our limey adventures with you.

Lime Slice

I love this slice as something I can whip together super quickly, so that we have some form of ‘baked’ good in our house.

A friend wrote this recipe down for me when I was at uni, on the back of it was this:

This is an actual extract from a sex education school textbook for girls, printed in the early 60’s in the UK, & written by a woman.

“When retiring to the bedroom, prepare yourself for bed as promptly as possible.  Whilst feminine hygiene is of the utmost importance, your tired husband does not want to queue for the bathroom, as he would have to for his train.  But remember to look your best when going to bed.

Try to achieve a look that is welcoming without being obvious.  If you need to apply face-cream or hair-rollers wait until he is asleep as this can be shocking to a man last thing at night.  When it comes to the possibility of intimate relations with your husband it is important to remember your marriage vows and in particular your commitment to obey him.

If he feels that he needs to sleep immediately then so be it.  In all things be led by your husband’s wishes; do not pressure him in any way to stimulate intimacy.  Should your husband suggest congress then agree humbly all the while being mindful that a man’s satisfaction is more important than a woman’s.  When he reaches his moment of fulfilment, a small moan from yourself is encouraging to him and quite sufficient to indicate any enjoyment that you may have had.

Should your husband suggest any more of the unusual practices, be obedient and uncomplaining but register any reluctance by remaining silent.  It is likely that your husband will then fall promptly asleep so adjust your clothing, freshen up and apply your night time face and hair care products.  You may then set the alarm so that you can arise shortly before him in the morning.  This will enable you to have his morning cup of tea ready when he awakes.”

I think that it’s so funny that this is in my cookbook/recipe collection!

Anyways, on to sharing the actual recipe.


1/2 cup (125g) butter

250g sweet biscuits – crushed

1/2 tin of condensed milk

1 cup desicated coconut

Grated rind of 2 limes (OR 1 lemon/orange)

Melt butter, add the rest of the ingredients and mi well.  Press evenly into a 28x18cm slice tin.  Once set, top with icing and sprinkle with coconut.  Cut into fingers.


1 1/2 cups of icing sugar

grated rind and juice of 2 limes (OR 1 lemon/orange)

2 teaspoons of melted butter.

Put sugar, juice and rind in a bowl, stir out all lumps, stir in butter and pour over slice.


Do you have any over abundant ingredients?  Are you local and want some limes?



6 thoughts on “Limes

    1. It’s classic isn’t it! I read it to my husband every time I make this slice! I’ve got a delicious zucchini loaf recipe. Will have to post it when I get an abundance of zucchini!

  1. That sex ed piece was hilarious! I’ve been doing it all wrong! 😉 I lived in Arizona for 4 years and we had a lemon, two orange and two grapefruit trees. I really miss them. We couldn’t even give the fruit away. It is sad how much went rotten. Now we live in the US midwest, and have to pay about a dollar per grapefruit.

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