Posts tagged fruit
Posts tagged fruit
Back when nobody wanted to give a girl with a good teaching resume a chance in a food services, I checked out an internship at a really good bakery/cafe in Boston. Said internship didn’t have space for me at the time, but it was cool to see the back of house, even if only for a couple hours. One thing I took away from my stage (see: Wikipedia) experience there, was that they let very little go to waste, I really liked that.
One such example was that before slicing and juicing their fruit, they zested them first, and froze the zest. They actually had a lot of frozen zest, but I’m sure they go through it. Sometimes I’ll need a lemon just for the juice, so now, when I can remember, I’ll zest it, label it, and pop it in the freezer. This way I always have lemon zest on hand.
Let me say zest one more time.
Guys, it’s almost berry season ‘round here. Get excited.
A couple weeks back (I’m really behind) strawberries were on sale so we bought a bunch and it was wonderful. I had a lady lunch coming up, so I figured I’d provide dessert with simple strawberry shortcake fixin’s. (The bottom right picture included the whipped cream, sliced strawberries and biscuits. All ready to go!) That same day, we had some people over for dinner, and since I already had a bunch of stuff for it, I decided to make a fun take on strawberry shortcake (pictured top, right), inspired by a new cookbook I have which I will tell you about, but not right now. The recipe was for Strawberry and Basil shortcakes, but we didn’t have any basil around so I skipped it. I served the build-your-own dessert with both fresh strawberries and the balsamic-strawberry concoction. It was a great way to mix it up! I can’t wait to go strawberry picking in 2013.
Friends of mine, who live close by, have pear trees in their yard and said I should come and get some. I wanted to get enough to do some canning with, but I could only fill half a reusable grocery bag. A lot of the pears were too high and I not so cleverly decided to stop by when I was wearing clogs, which of course had to come off… I climbed up on a fence in my socks to get some out of reach, but I couldn’t really climb the trees because they were kinda small, and when you shake branches the pears would sometimes fall and then smash on the concrete of the driveway.
I’m still happy with what I walked away with and hope to turn them into something real soon, before they all get yucky and have to go to the compost. I was thoughtful enough last weekend, when my favoritist Lindsay and I made waffles for breakfast and I thought to peel and chop a couple, and put them in a saucepan with butter, cinnamon and sugar. For those of you who know I’m not much of a cook, this was a very proud moment for me.
Blueberries from the farmers market (Taken with Instagram)
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting(I topped my strawberry jam babycakes with this)
I didn’t follow an actual recipe, but I’ll just tell you what I did for this delicious, light, and different version of a cream cheese frosting.
Combine the butter, cream cheese and vanilla with an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners, a little bit at a time, wiping the bowl as necessary. Finally, add the strawberry pieces. I thought about putting them in a food processor, but I kind of wanted bigger strawberry pieces. The coloring is natural, and I love it. Because I only had a few strawberries, the taste wasn’t overwhelming, and I thought it went really well with my cupcakes.
If you make this frosting, you might want play with measurements. I have a lot of frosting left over, and that’s after decorating 30 tiny cupcakes. It’s in the fridge right now… there’s really a lot leftover and I’m trying to decide what else would be a good cake to top off with strawberry cream cheese frosting?
My brunch plate.
I love the colors of our meal.