My Photo
Location: Clearwater, South Carolina, United States

Monday, July 25, 2005

recipes 3

Some recipes for various food items have passed through my life, been tried out, and discarded for differing reasons. Others have been prepared and enjoyed, yet customized to better suit the individual taste of the preparer, and possibly those in close culinary contact with them. One of these is called "cherry delight" or "cherries in the snow".

This delightful dish is prepared using angel food cake, an icing/filling made with cream cheese and other white, semi-natural ingredients and canned cherry pie filling. Preparation involves slicing and placing a half-inch layer of the cake slices in a large (9 X 13), rectangular Tupperware container. This is covered over with the icing/filling to permeate and overspread every crevice and opening. Then another layer of cake, with that covered over with the spreadable white stuff as well.

This leaves the dessert's surface smooth and white, much like fresh, new fallen snow. Upon this pristine coating is placed the contrasting red pie filling. The resultant delicacy is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate.

So what did I find wrong with the cherry stuff? Not much, seeing as it was enjoyed by our family and others of our acquaintance for several years. One fault I did find was with the cherries, in that they contained enough artificial red coloring to choke a small aquatic animal - like maybe an agouti.

This information, combined with the ready availability of blueberries, naturally colored, grown in my very own backyard, picked by my very own hands, brought about a modification in this wonderful recipe. The cake and "snow" is still prepared the same, but now the topping is blueberries.

Not just raw blueberries, but the combination of the berries, a small amount of sugar and enough cornstarch to somewhat thicken the mix. This is heated to bring out the juice and to activate the cornstarch, then placed on the "snow". I have even eaten leftover "blueberries in the snow" for breakfast - though usually when alone - for this is a very intimate meal.

Speaking of desserts, I had a rather traumatic experience in that arena not long ago. We had some of the family over for a meal and Carolyn had prepared "Texas brownies" for dessert - regular brownies topped with melted marshmallows and chocolate icing. Then as an afterthought, we also fixed homemade vanilla ice cream. Now as you may have already figured out, one of these can be topped off with the other one of these. Therein lies the trauma - how does a person consume these delights together and have the amounts of both come out even?

It was not pretty - first, there was some brownie left over and more ice cream had to be added, then ice cream was there when the brownie was gone and another brownie was placed. Even now, looking back, I don't know exactly how much of each was devoured, but the action was regretted because the satiation brought with it some gastric distress.

Could it be that we are our own worst enemy? Not true though, because we have a powerful enemy in the spiritual world, yet he is a defeated foe because the Word says "...the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" and this makes me glad.


Post a Comment

<< Home