I’m not a huge fan of sweets.
I like a bit of dark – bloody, earthy, dirty – chocolate after some, though not all, meals.
Or nut cake on holidays.
Or, occasionally, pie.
I don’t cook much – that’s N’s job – partly because though eating is a hobby of sorts of mine, most nights I’d be fine with some scrambled eggs and greens or pasta – something quick but nutritious so I can get on with other things.
I am originally from the Midwest, and some might claim that baking is my birthright because of it – like a southerner cooking up the best grits or sweet potato pie, or a Mainer creating a clambake, or a Californian making a… salad – but I credit my years of 4-H (which yes, is largely a Midwestern thing) and baking as as kid at home
My mother claimed her mother always baked a weekly cake or pie for their family growing up (we had more of fortnight treat) so I followed this tradition for several years of my 20s until I began to feel the dough on my body…
But N likes dessert and I like fruit, so a pie or two comes out of our kitchen every so often.
Living in a small town on the edge of rural areas means we can get fresh things by the peck or bushel rather than just a few pretty but pricey pounds from our old urban organic farmer’s market.
So the prescription for a peck of peaches at their peak is to prepare a perfect pie…
And apples are an appropriate answer to the age-old epicurean announcement of the arrival of autumn…
Baking takes more time than I’m often willing to give, and makes a mess larger than I’d like to clean, and I grumble during the whole process, but I do enjoy the end result.
And it helps take the edge off of the loss of daylight.
And it’s even better with coconut whipped “cream” – one of the best things my dairy-challenged self has discovered and consumed by the globs of late…