Wait. Envy? At Christmastime? I get the whole green associates with Christmas thing–you know the tree, but have you ever wondered why is envy green when green is such a lovely colour, such a soothing, happy colour. So how the hell did it get designated as the colour of jealousy?
Being something of a font of useless information that helps me win trivia contests and Jeopardy, I know that the ancient Greeks thought that jealousy created an over production of bile (which is a rather disgusting yellow-green) that turns one’s skin green. I have never seen this happen. Have you? I’ve seen people who are seasick or seriously nauseated look green. I do not know if they were overproducing bile at the time. Yeah, we still talk about envy & jealousy in terms of colour. We still talk about emotion in terms of colour; love is red, anger is also red…and we’re back to Christmas red.
So if friendship is yellow, what colour is loneliness? What colour is mild irritation? What colour is insomnia? What colour is joy? I want to know these things. I know what colour coffee is. My cup is full of dark, rich, aromatic black brew. I think I need something fresh and light and GREEN to go with my cup.
Lime Lovelies (Perfect for the subtropical Christmas I moaned about), p 138 The Cookie Book (2001)
Oven to 375F/190C
- 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp lime zest
- 1/3 cup lime juice 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar 3 Tbsp softened butter
- 1 – 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
Beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking soda, and lime zest, beat until combined. Beat in the lime juice. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, stir the rest in with a wooden spoon.
Drop by rounded teaspoonful of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 – 10 minutes or ‘til the edges begin to brown.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Beat together the sugar, butter and enough lime juice to make a mixture of glazing consistency.
Dip the cooled tops of the wafers in the glaze. Place the wafers, glaze side up on the wire racks and let glaze set.
These are light and tasty and would go well with a medium roasted coffee.