Cherry Cherry

June 20, 2010

This eve I made Cherry Cobbler, though I must admit I’m still in the dark about what a cobbler is per se. I don’t think it turned out as it should. The recipe said to glob 4 even spoonings of the topping onto the cherries, but didn’t say to spread it out (and it was thick and not so cooperative). I assumed this meant it would somehow spread itself in the baking process, but I was wrong.

Regardless, it is still rather tasty, if a little thick in certain spots.

I went against convention and used fresh cherries instead of the called for frozen variety, as it was these very cherries that needed using and necessitated the recipe in the first place.

I found myself with murder-scene splotches of red adorning my countertop, hands and shirt. Mess that it made, I thoroughly enjoyed the process, as with the zeal of a child left alone with finger paints. I really like this cuisine renaissance I’ve given myself of late. I missed this part of my person.

(Originally posted on Blog.ca blog Bird-On-A-Wire on June 20th, 2010 – transferred here May 26, 2011)

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June is Bike Month

June 16, 2010

Salutations! June just so happens to be bike month here in BC, and as a wonderful coincidence that I didn’t even realise until apres-purchase, I bought myself a(n old but) new (to me) bike today.

I’ve named her Blossom Dearie, based on the name of a Jazz singer I haven’t heard, but who I’ve heard of (I’m looking to change the having not heard her part shortly, but it’s really all besides the point), and who I heard Sarah Slean do a cover of in concert. I’m really just more enamoured with the name itself, as I think it’s just about the cutest thing ever, and when I looked at my bike on the skytrain today and thought of what to name her, there it was.

She’s a CCM Galaxie, and buying her meant I also had to (immediately after handing over the cash and walking away with bike beside me) learn how to travel by bus with a bike by way of the front bike rack. I’m happy to report it was a successful journey.

Though I’m a little sad to report that once I had her within city limits and tried mounting to ride her home down 10th Avenue from Commercial Drive, I was rather frightened to find that when I stopped pedaling to coast, then started pedaling again, there was no resistance and it took some number of turns to get back to pedal power. My roommates are both bike mechanics and one of them said he’d take a look at it. I just hope it’s none too serious.

I also visited three libraries today (Riley Park and Mount Pleasant in Vancouver, and Metrotown in Burnaby), bought myself the fixins for both tofu stir fry and apple crisp (though I intend to also throw in a peach and a nectarine), and perhaps most notably – bought a bunch of sunflowers as an early birthday gift to myself.

For some reason for the last two weeks or so I have been consumed with a desire to own a sunflower, as I’ve always wanted one since childhood, but my mother thought they were ugly and wouldn’t let me plant any in our yard. I’ve been going through a bit of a quarter-life crisis of late as my 25th birthday looms, so I guess it just really dawned on me that I’m an ‘adult’ now and can make such decisions as whether or not to own a sunflower for myself. It’s so simple, yet profound. I suppose most epiphanies are, though. I intended to get a potted sunflower, and imagine I still will if I come across one, but I haven’t been able to find one yet, so now the five of them are on my coffee table in my new Value Village vase (also purchased today).

I have to say, this was a really great day. And I thought yesterday was pretty sweet, what with trading in some books I no longer wanted for some that I really did – Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson, Yes Man by Danny Wallace, and The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. All I have to say is, Happy June!

(post moved from original blog.ca blog Bird-On-A-Wire, originally posted June 16, 2010)