And I've got nothing.
Friday morning 5:30 AM.
Lunch time Friday.
Still nothing. No stories. No odd and winding connections. Nothing.
Writer's block? Stage fright? I don't know.
They say if you can't make it, fake it.
So, I am faking it.
I made applesauce.
When I saw "compote de pommes", my head imagined a chutney-esque condiment.
Don't get me wrong, I love applesauce. I just wasn't expecting to make it this week. (This seems to happen a lot to me with this book - I thought that the salty-sweet potato far was salty, sweet potato far... Not a sweet potato in sight, just plain old white potatoes...)
Fortunately, I had a full bin of CSA apples waiting patiently for me in the fridge.
Bonus: this recipe finally gave me the excuse I was waiting for to spring for a food mill. Not sure why I waited so long. I didn't have to peel or seed all those babies - just chopped them up cooked them with water and a little sugar (and some ground vanilla bean).
When they were all mushy, I ran them through the mill - could not have been easier.
The sauce picked up a pink tinge from the skins of the apples. The peeps loved the sauce.
Life is good.
Since I don't have anything else to say about apples, I'll give a book update:
1) The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - a little dark & edgy. Slightly slow reading. Okay, but not my favorite.
2) I'm half-way through Devil in The White City (Eric Larson) - which is the story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair interspersed with the story of the serial killer H.H. Holmes. I am a fan of Larson's and have to say I think this is one of his best works. Recommend.
3) I am also half-way through listening to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Straight up, this is one of the best books I have ever come across. It's a little dark, but really good writing and a gripping story line.
We are crossing the tide from fall to winter up in these parts.
The neighbors have left for Florida.
The last of my porch plants has withered from frostbite.
Next week is the last week of cross-country from Runner Girl.
The people down the road have put up some Christmas decorations.
It may be almost time for a long winter's nap.
In other news, the winner of the Suja Juice give-away (Comment #2) was Yummy Chunklet. YC - I'll be in touch!
Well, my friends, I think I just faked my way through a whole post.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie - where a group of home cooks is working their way through Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table.