Six Word Story #23

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“Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Counters Sweltering Heat!”

 

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I have a never-ending love affair with fruit smoothies!

On almost every day I am concocting yet another batch for my lads here at home.  And it’s never the same blend twice – haha!

My base ingredients tend to be water, banana, pineapple, and apple (any kind that I have on hand).  And then things change from there on….influenced by whims and fancies or more simply if it’s all that I have in the fruit basket.  Anywhere from a mix of berries to fresh mangoes – although I freely add in frozen fruits, too – kiwi fruit or pears; always a surprise!

And my must addition is fresh plain yogurt.  Sometimes I add in hemp hearts for a special treat.

These days with the summer heat being particularly pronounced, I have been adding in fresh watermelon as well, lending such a light and sweet refreshing flavour.

Ooohhhmmm!  Looking at this photo is making me want to head into the kitchen and make another fruit smoothie!

 

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The Fig Story, Part 2

Yes, true.  The title is a bit misleading.  Considering I didn’t ACTUALLY post The Fig Story (as a part 1).  But you may remember this one from a few weeks ago…..”Tried Something New Again!”  (July 2, to be exact)

 

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In the other post I had photos of fresh figs that I had bought at a grocery store, along with how I came to choose them.  And they were a different variety…..more maroon in colour and shaped as a larger kind of water drop.

Yesterday I happened to stop by that same grocery store, following my music lessons, and I just wanted to pick up a few things.  As I passed by the fresh fruit section, I decided to peek and see if they had the figs in again.  As they aren’t in such high demand, the store only stocks about 4-6 boxes at a time, and there are times in between when I have gone to look and none were there.

My lucky day!  They had a few boxes!  And as I pulled them out from the shelf – they are in such a snug shelving place that you really can’t see much until you pull the whole box out – that’s when I saw these ones!  Definitely figs. Yay!  But quite different from the ones I had been buying before.  They certainly looked more like the figs in photos I had seen in foodie books over the years in terms of colour and shape, as well as in how the dried figs had looked that I had eaten on occasion.  They looked fresh and plump, and so I picked up TWO boxes.  Because I now know that I will gobble up several at a time!

And so I munched gleefully on a few on my drive back home, savouring their texture….AND their lovely sweet flavour!

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Ohhhmmmm! What a lovely, tasty treat on a summer’s day!!

And I love looking inside at the seed patterns they have…..once again the imagination gets going….see those white-caped invaders, trying to raid that peaceful village.  They seem to want to break down the wall only in that centre area.  Silly invaders!  🙂

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Figs are a most delicious fruit, and I am SO glad that I got to discover them even now….in my middle years……so I have many more years to enjoy them.  And it’s never too late to discover yet another new delicious food!  Right?

 

 

That Busy Maple Syrup Season!

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Waffles, fruit, and egg,

Sploshes of Maple Whipped Cream

Mmmm!  Maple Season!

 

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Hi, Friends!

You may have noticed that my posts haven’t been as regular for the past few months….my work schedule has been highly busy, which doesn’t allow for writing time.  Bear with me!

What has been keeping me away primarily has been due to a special food – liquid gold, as it is sometimes referred to around here – Maple Syrup.  All through the months of March and April, it’s a tremendously busy time for the restaurants serving up breakfasts and lunches and featuring the delectable taste of our local maple syrup. The sap has been running – in fact, this year, the maple trees have been producing a profuse amount of maple sap for all the maple producers in this area.

In this photo are some of the tasty foods off of our menu – I had finished my shift last Friday and treated myself to a plateful of yumminess – Belgian waffles with maple whipped cream, blueberry preserves, maple baked beans, deep-dish egg omelette, and some fresh fruit.  The bottle of the “liquid gold” is in the upper left side of this photo, and I poured a generous amount on my waffles……so good!

 

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A Canadian Treat – Maple Syrup Taffy

 

Taffy on crushed ice,

Tasty, delicious sweetness –

A winter-time treat!

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One of my part-time jobs is working at a sugar bush business.  In Canada, with our proliferation of sugar maple trees, there are small and larger maple syrup businesses; many of them family-owned.

During the first two weeks of February there is an annual festival called Winterlude that takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, encompassing the Rideau Canal, which when frozen over, turns into the largest skating rink in the world!  Two other nearby areas are included in the Winterlude fun – Confederation Park, where there are booths and displays as well as a stage for live music performances and an assortment of small and large ice sculptures.  And Jacques Cartier Park, where there are exciting snow-constructed slides for children’s amusement.

We participate each year at Winterlude by setting up our tiny trailer and display booth in Confederation Park and making up fresh batches of taffy and laying them out on freshly crushed ice for people to come and buy as they wander around the park and explore all the nifty things to see and do.

All kinds of people come visit here during Winterlude…..many of them from other parts of Canada or the U.S. and even from other countries…..and they have fun checking out ice sculptures, skating on the canal, looking at special art displays and other interesting things.  Sometimes, when it comes to having some maple syrup taffy, they will chat and tell us that this is their first time to try this sweet treat or else reminisce about their taffy experiences from their childhood.

 

 

The above photos show our display area from today’s activity, as well as some of the maple syrup taffies on crushed ice.  As it’s becoming evening, we were slowly starting to clean up our booth area.

 

 

Some friends of mine who dropped by today to have some delicious taffy on a popsicle stick.  Looks like they’re enjoying it!

 

 

And lastly, two young ladies, who stopped by our booth and bought some taffy to try, as they had never had it before.  It was a big hit!

 

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Basket of Asian Fruits and Treats

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Such exotic names,

Tasty and juicy delights;

Trying something new!

 

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For Christmas this year, my daughter brought with her a basket filled with goodies she’d bought at an Asian food market.  Since we  enjoy exploring new foods and cuisines, there was a good chance we’d love this treat basket!

Looking at the above photo, things look a bit sparse, but that’s because we had already sampled some of the fruits that had lain on the top layer (same ones as can be seen in the bottom layer).  Everyone gave it a fair taste sampling, and it seems that it’ll be an acquired taste for some of them.  🙂

Left to right (top row) – Pocky, Coconut, Prickly Pear, Dragon fruit

Left to right (bottom row) – Prickly pear, some cupcakes, Passion fruit

….and little orange, blueberry, and cranberry nougat candies interspersed throughout.

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Prickly pear (above) sliced open – has a refreshing, somewhat pear-like flavour….and many seeds the size of apple seeds which are edible.

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Passion fruit (above) sliced open – Also first time for me to try…..only eat the seeds, and they are bursting with flavour! So juicy!

 

Dragon fruit sliced open…..seeds and fleshy texture somewhat similar to kiwi fruit – refreshing and tasty!  This fruit’s outer skin is so handy – just scoop out all that lovely dragon fruit!

 

Here is the coconut without its usual harder outer skin….

…..and a favourite Asian treat are the Pocky, which come in different flavours.  In this package the sticks are biscuity in flavour….with the chocolate dip and crunchy matcha tea bits in it.
Such a neat idea!