I had planned to spend this afternoon working on my Phoenix Rising muslin, after meeting up with a friend to do some mutual critiquing of our work. However, I got sidetracked at the farmer’s market by these:
The apricots are particularly special – the variety is “French,” which I had never seen before. And for good reason: apparently they don’t pollinate well, so are not typically grown commercially. But the flavor! It’s indescribable, but reminds me of a mix between richly flavored apricot and tantalizing French perfume. After one taste, I bought an entire flat. I’m going to make jam from them today, mixing orange blossom honey, the apricots, and a little sugar to make my apricot-honey jam. This will go into the chocolates box in November, mixed with white chocolate. Yum!
The cherries are Bing cherries, my favorite variety, and will be candied for use in fruitcake. Or maybe turned into brandied cherries. Maybe both!
Of course, it’s not like I don’t have a bazillion other things to do, but I can always make time for good food.