Saturday, June 28, 2008

Crumbly Fruit

Ahhh! Summer is here! Bringing with it two of my favorite things that go so great together: peaches and fog!

Just about every week, I find myself throwing together a batch or two of my fruit crumbles.

So easy and so good.

All you have to do is throw some peaches in a dish. (Or nectarines. Peach skin is creepy!) Cover them with crumble mix, which you should always keep on hand, bake and eat. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool down.

For crumble mix, just use approximately equal volumes of flour, sugar, and softened butter. Mix it with your hands. It should look and feel almost like wet sand.

Put your fruit in a dish. Little left-over duck or rabbit rillettes containers work quite nicely. Toss crumbles lightly on top of the fruit. Bake at 425-ish for 25-ish minutes until bubbly and brown.

Just about any fruit will do. But the best seems to be:

blackberries 'n' sage
blueberries 'n' fennel seeds

Plums are ok; leave the skin on or else they're a bit too sweet. I've even done seedless red grapes. Oddly, it tasted just like McDonald's so-called cherry pie filling. I wondered how they got cherries all year round.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Frightful Frets

As if learning the guitar weren't hard enough !

Check out these crazy frets.

Apparently playing on one of these things will make your head snap back in a very uncomfortable-looking position.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Smarter than SmartBoard

The new recipient of my SmartBoard was happy to receive it. But I've moved on to an even better keyboard. Behold the jeans keyboard !

My laptop, with stickers.

I tried to enter this picture of my computer as an entry in the contest for stickergiant. But I fear I was too late. I think I am number 26 and the contest ends with number 25. Anyway, pray for me!

Any suggestions for the final sticker?