I’m kind of addicted to Ai’s blog, it will stop raining*. She takes lovely photos of each of her meals and of scenes she comes across in her travels. Not only does everything look beautiful and delicious, but I’m gleaning some cultural knowledge along the way. For instance, I didn’t realize that it was pretty standard in Japan to peel all fruit (peaches, plums, persimmons, apples, whatever)… I guess I never thought about it before. I grew up plucking fruit from my Grandpa’s trees and stuffing it in my mouth like a heathen!
A while back we had lot of back and forth about peeling peaches, and after a visit to the Ferry Building’s farmers market (in San Francisco) it clicked for me – many of the best varieties of peaches have thicker/fuzzier skins, and they aren’t very pleasant to eat unless they’re peeled. I’ve been getting a lot of peaches in my CSA share in recent weeks, and they also have thicker skins. I’ve peeled every one. The picture above is my homage to Ai, who has shown me the joys of peeling my peaches. I have now joined the ranks of civil society. :)
Another thing I’ve had on the mind recently is caramelized apples, which Ai has served arranged on an english muffin. It makes perfect sense… one of my favorite toppings for pancakes has always been stewed apples, and this is just a different carb. I’ve received a glut of apples in my CSA lately, too, so I was inspired to try to caramelize some myself. I’m not sure of the method, so I just melted some butter and sugar together until the sugar started to caramelize, then I threw in the sliced apples to cook for a while. I ended up throwing in some frozen blueberries, too. The end result was more stewed and less caramelized, but it was delicious. I really ought to start eating breakfast more often, even if it’s just a bowl of fruit.
Anyway, check out Ai’s blog. I love it.