It was a rare night out for my stepdaughter, a Saturday in-town rather than at work. I think she is still becoming accustomed to the distances - that one cannot just take a quick drive to entertainments. It was a Greek meal out - a divine lamb chop, a savory beeftekee, and then off to stroll the promenade. But first...dessert.
Really very good...one could taste the good vanilla in the cake and the frosting wasn't a shortening short-cut but full of butter. I slipped out the wee Kershaw Leek and cut it in half to the surprise of several in line. It was a snack I'd been wanting to try out for some time. But what the hell is the whole "fat free whip" addition about? I mean, you're shoving a cupcake in your face - what does full fat whipped cream do to make that worse?
We'd found some lovely apricots at the store and, since their season is brief, I decided I'd try to can them. It was a quiet afternoon's task - the blanching, slipping off the blushed skins - waterlogged fingers struggling with the slippery fruit. I enjoyed the solo work, ignoring everything but the process.
I think the hardest aspect is that the final product is so small for the labor involved. Just 4 pints of goodness for almost 2 hours of work. And who knows if they will pop their little tops and be safe come winter? A gamble...but I think it worthwhile. At worst we have a delicious topping for the yogurt or ice cream snacks to come. It is only my third attempt at canning but the're so pretty...so delicate. I cannot wait to taste them, summer on my tongue...