After biting into a mealy peach this morning for breakfast, I decided to turn my expensive and sadly inedible fruit purchase into jam. Inspired by pictures from Tara’s Going Slowly blog, I heated my 4 chopped-up peaches and nectarines with some lemon juice, cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and pinch of salt.
Then, needing something to eat my jam with, I decided to bake English crumpets. I’ve never actually eaten a crumpet before (or seen one, come to think of it!). Based on childhood reading, I used to think that crumpets and scones were some sort of amazing fantasy dessert in the cylindrical shapes of trumpets and cones. Having nothing to go on, I did a quick internet search, and found lots of recipes.
Scrumptious! In the end, the crumpets and jam were each so good in their own right that I ended up eating them separately. Yum! Far from the fanciful tea desserts of my imagination, the crumpets were, nonetheless, decidedly delectable.
Also, in my internet recipe search, I came across this great city quote from British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, during his visit to New York,
You have to be a hustler in the city, otherwise it’ll eat you up. I thought that was quite interesting – how you can’t just sort of coast. You have to go for it – all or nothing. -Jamie Oliver
I agree with him. This particular aspect of the city is both really hard and really good in my opinion. Just after moving to Moscow from the US suburbs, I remember realizing that the challenge of life was decidedly different here. The danger of life in suburban USA, I concluded, is that it can be so smooth, it lulls you to sleep. The danger of living in Moscow is that, if you don’t fight, it can crush you. I don’t know which is harder. I miss a lot of things about the States, but Moscow has certainly helped wake me up.