Z is for Zest #atozchallenge

Well, I don’t know about you, but I seriously doubted that I would make it to “z” and, yet, here we are. I went through, zoo, zydeco, and zipline (which actually might have been fun) before ending up with another food oriented word: zest. Ah, well.

I seriously want to thank those of you who have been here with me throughout this challenge. Your comments and support, prodding, helped me make it through–really, truly! Thank you. 💖

When the World Gives You Lemons—Zest!

Sheila discovered zest. Not really, someone in the 1400s first used lemon zest as a spice, but when Sheila added lemon zest to her potatoes and tasted the clean, citrusy flavor, she felt like she’d made a discovery. Naturally, she began adding lemon zest to everything.

There was lemon zest hot chocolate, followed by lemon zest tuna, lemon zest peanut butter, lemon zest tea. Lemon zest eggs? Oh, goddess of goddesses. Scrambled, poached, fried, salivating! Lemon zest worked in all!

Lemon zest coffee, on the other hand, made her lips scrunch inwards until she felt like a toothless wonder. Lemon zest to milk, a definite no. When the milk roiled and boiled, her stomach churned.

When her husband walked into the kitchen that evening, he surveyed, and then raised an eyebrow at her. “What happened?”

For the first time, she glanced around her kitchen and noticed the chaos induced by her lemon zest influencer day. “Er, the world gave me lemons, so I, uh, made lemonade?”


The recipe that started Sheila on her lemon zest quest was this one for mashed potato salad with scallions and herbs; it’s totally delicious.

And now for a celebration song:

7 thoughts on “Z is for Zest #atozchallenge

  1. There was a soap called Zest, which has nothing to do with anything. Congratulations! You made it through. Your characters all seem to breathe and have life. That kind of creativity’s impressive. Now on to numbers?

  2. wow mashed potatoe salad. I love the zest.
    Couldnt find your reflection post for A to Z. Hope it was a great month for you.
    I’m sorry I never got to your blog and Im glad to meet you now.
    I’m Leslie at Moondustwriter – my posts were a short story based on what is happening in Ukraine. My story was from an archived short story that I wrote in Ukraine in 2007 – weird how it came together.
    wishing you the best as you blog.
    My Reflection

    1. Hi, Leslie! Nice to meet you. My “reflections” post is up now. I’ll try to pop around to visit your blog. Your theme does sound interesting and timely.

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