Come beginning of spring, I get antsy like a squirrel in front of its depleting nuts reserve : the count down to September starts as it is only then when I will be able to make a fresh batch of blackberry jam. You’ll think, why tease us with a recipe we won’t be able to make before another 5 to 6 months ? Well, because there is preliminary work to be done ! Finding your wild blackberry spots is the name of the game : you want them accessible enough not to get too many scratches in the process, but hidden enough not to be within everybody’s reach; sunny enough so that you can get beautiful ripe fruits, but not overexposed for they would get dry; also, make a mental note to pray for some rain, to get juicy fruits… Once nature played its part, you can play yours. This is how it goes :
Think of this recipe as if you were learning the alphabet. Once mastered it’s the starting point of lots of wonderful cooking adventures you’re going to be able to write all by yourself: Strawberry pies, raspberry pies, apple pies, plum pies… you name it.
Making fresh pasta is quite an endeavor, and come Sunday evening, it feels only right to go for the quick wins, that is : pasta which have been waiting in your pantry. Still, let’s not slouch completely into laziness: we might be wearing our lazy pants in view of a mellow evening, we still have our ego! Making your own pesto will make a real difference. The last contribution of week. But I know you can make it ! Continue reading “Illico pesto ! “