I cannot believe that Not From the Tree organizers have difficulty getting people to pick crabapples! I love crabapple jelly and every time I see that there is a crabapple pick, I want to jump in. Alas, the timing this year wasn’t the best for me and it broke my heart to see crabapple pick after crabapple pick go by, with notices of “Needing More Fruit Pickers”. But finally, I was able to go to pick crabapples. And lucky me, it was only a few blocks away.
I guess I shouldn’t really have been surprised the other day, when it turned out there were only two of us picking beautiful red crabapples. I couldn’t wait to get home to make jelly!
The tree was quite tall but appeared to be in pretty good shape. And it was covered in apples! We learned from the homeowner that it had been planted in 1967 – as one of the Centennial trees. (continue reading )
I have no idea what kind of grapes these are. They are some sort of Vitis vinifera, maybe “Regent”? The grape arbour we picked a week or so ago had not been pruned in some time so I suspect the grapes are supposed to be larger.
I confess that I was a little disappointed that the grapes were wine grapes rather than Concords (even though concords are awfully sweet). And certainly, the grapes should have been allowed to ripen a little more. (continue reading )
Bread Baking Babes (BBB) September 2015: Conchas (Mexican Pan Dulce)
The moment I see “shells”, I cannot stop reciting, “She sells seashells by the seashore. If she sells seashells by the sea shore, how many seashells does she sell?” But that’s doesn’t really feel very Mexican, does it? So I found a slightly more appropriate tongue twister:
Today is Mexican Independence Day and BBB Heather (girlichef) has chosen to celebrate it with conchas – Mexican pan dulce.
Conchas are named after the shape of their sugar topping, which resembles a seashell. Conchas do have a hardened crust, but it is sugary, thick, crispy and crumbles right into your mouth as you take a bite. Right after you brake through that crust, there is a fluffy, soft, sweet roll made with flour, butter, yeast and eggs. With such a pleasing experience, no wonder it is one of Mexico’s most favorite sweet rolls or pan dulce.
– Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table, Sweet Conchas!
Well. The little conchas I made look not unlike the conchas that Heather suggested we make…. But. Do they taste anything like the way they’re suppose to?
Not to mention. Living in Toronto, can a Gringa who has never been even close to Mexico even expect to come close?
Or, to alter another tongue-twister I found:
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I was going to display a photo of the stunningly beautiful pan. I took about 5 shots from various angles. But yesterday, when we went to fetch the photos from the camera, inexplicably, all of those pictures were missing. They just disappeared!
-me, Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: The Glass is Greener…
I’m not allowed to complain about the disgraceful humidity and heat right now (considering how vociferously I railed against the bitter cold last winter).
Besides, I’m finally moving out of complaining mode; after hours of struggling, my blog is back on-line again!! Yay.
And. It’s raining at last! Maybe this will bring us a break….
And. While I was searching around for solutions to the nightmare of having my blog go offline yet again, T called to me from his computer.
he: Hey! Are these the photos you’ve been whining about?
me: Which ones?
he: There’s a bunch of red peppers in a frying pan.
me: [jumping up and down with joy] Yes!! Those are the ones!
Whoohooooo! The lost has been found!!! (continue reading )