I’ve spent the better part of the summer months tackling a thesis and a defense, figuring out the next step post-PhD (a.k.a. finding a job), moving out of a 5th floor apartment (sans elevator service) into our first property without the aid of movers or even a moving truck, and discovering the joys of speeding in our new (to us) german driving machine. It has been an incredibly exhausting and stressful time, but, there were many celebrations, and I finally feel, for the first time maybe ever, that I am finally LIVING. Unfortunately, all the hubbub didn’t leave much time for cooking and blogging. oops.
The summer months are already behind us, and I feel a bit cheated in having missed out on trying new recipes with my favorite summer produce (farm-fresh tomatoes, zucchini blossoms, corn, stone fruits, and berries). However, after 6 years of living in New England, I FINALLY managed to organize a blueberry picking trip in late July! Although we arrived with the summer berries on the brain, it was a pleasant surprise to see that even though it wasn’t apple-picking season yet, there were still home-made, fresh, apple-cider donuts available!
A historical looking donut-making machine… I only had one question: where could I get one!?!?
And this is the hero who tossed freshly fried apple cider donuts into a bath of cinnamon and sugar… what an amazing job. Do they hire recent PhD graduates?
It was a lovely summer day for berry picking.
Although for Andreas, there were probably more blueberries that went straight into his mouth than into our picking containers. He defended his blueberry-picking technique, claiming it as a quality control measure.
We left the farm happy, with donuts and a few pounds of fresh plump blueberries in hand (and in our tummies!). You would think that with this bounty, I’d have a slew of blueberry recipes bookmarked away for just this opportunity… and I DID.. except by the time I had gotten around to picking a recipe, the blueberries were long gone!
Kind of like the summer….
So before the rest of 2011 slips away without new recipes, I am jumping back into it and vow to be back with new recipes soon!