Saturday, July 2, 2016

I went to the farmer's market this morning in search of the perfect peach. The peach I bit into when I got home wasn't perfect, though it was better than the ones I've gotten so far in the grocery store.

We had tons and tons of rain in May, and I wonder if that's going to affect the quality of the peaches this year. A man I talked to when we were in Ocracoke, where they also had a very wet spring, said the island figs this year were the size of baseballs and tasted terrible. Essentially they were big globules of water.

Our figs are finally back. Two years ago I gave the fig trees a severe talking to--which is to say, I pruned them within an inch of their lives--and last year there were lots of leaves but no fruit. This year we have fruit and I couldn't be more thrilled. The figs are still small, so I don't know how they taste yet, but I'm relieved to know I have not robbed our trees of their productive purposes.

Today I'm going to work on a quilt. I may go to the gym, although it's so hot and muggy outside that it will take courage to leave the house. Tonight we're in for a treat: The Great British Bake-Off returns for its new season! I can't wait to see who this year's contestants are. Fingers crossed that they are asked to make something divine with figs!

Last night for dinner I made tortellini with pesto and bruschetta. As far as I'm concerned, tomatoes, basil and garlic are the very essence of summer. They're all I ever wanted.


Gumbo Lily said...

Oh Frances, I was thrilled to see the first episode of The Great British Baking Show too! I just love that show. I like figs too. I always buy them at our local health food store and got the grandkids to eat them too. I hope yours are delicious.

Tracy said...

My husband is heavy-handed when pruning. My kumquat tree has never recovered from the last pruning it received, at least six years ago now. In fact, it is now dying, branch by branch. It's sad really. Meanwhile the lemon tree out the back is flourishing nicely and producing its winter crop in full abundance.

Mmmmm bruchsetta. I could live on that, I think.

Nancy McCarroll said...

You and my husband are wo of the biggest fans I know of the GBBOff and he is anxious to see it, too..

Yea for the figs!

Everyday Life On A Shoestring said...

Totally agree with you on the basil, tomato and garlic. GBBO - now is that a new one over here in the UK too. or our old one that's new over there...I'm not really very up-to-date with the TV schedules...