It's August and it's my vacation, there are a few things I do when vacay rolls around and it is relaxing and makes it worth slogging through the whole year to get there.
Pastry from made from scratch with butter - I am a purist - Julia Childs was right it is better with butter.
I spend time with my family, we go camping and day tripping. I bake - lots! I am a foodie and I think my retirement dream would be to have a piece of land in the Okanagan with peach & cherry trees. I would love to bake all day long.
I hand pitted three pounds of BC cherries
I take more time preparing meals, right down to good ingredients and relaxing music in the background. I would rather make happy food filled with love - instead of having the just get it done attitude which the rest of the year seems to be about when cooking. Today's pie baking was to Frank Sinatra.
This is what 3 pounds if pitted cherries looks like.
(All ready for baking - ps I have been texting my husband pictures of the pie process as he has been slogging it out at work - yup I am a cruel woman)
The other thing I like to do is to ride my motorcycle for pleasure instead of commuting. I am a year rounder and while it is cool to be able to ride for most of the year, quite honestly the wet and cold take their toll after a bit.
I also like to have a good glass of wine with a lovely summer dinner out on the patio.
Tonight I will be the 'saint' for all the pie goodness, tomorrow who knows......
Maybe the sinner?!?!?
Appetizer ~ grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto
Main ~slo cooked ribs & salad
Desert ~ Peach or Cherry pie
And a lovely bottle of vino of course.
First course prosciutto with grilled asparagus.
Salad fresh summer greens with pears poached in balsamic and maple syrup topped with blue cheese crumbles & fresh blackberries