photo by Suburban Paparazzi.
You look mahvelous! Did you know you’re the apple of my eye?☺
In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s 235th birthday tomorrow, I’m going all apple-y today. I LOVE apple season. Talk about a perfect fruit. “A” is definitely for Apple, and an apple a day keeps writer’s block away (hee).
I’m looking forward to gorging myself on apple cider, pie, muffins, crumble, fritters, dumplings, and pancakes. I love apples in fresh salads and relishes, and with a little peanut butter at snacktime. And don’t apples have the best names? I wouldn’t mind being called English Beauty, Kerry Irish Pippin or Empress (you may curtsy now). Can’t imagine the fun I could have with Rambo, Sops of Wine, Doctor Hogg. And I just learned there’s an apple called Hawai’i, a cross between Golden Delicious and Gravenstein. It’s a gourmet dessert apple with the fragrance and flavor of pineapples!
Yes, it’s going to be a very tasty fall. :9
But getting on with our birthday celebration, I think some apple cake would be just the thing. Marge Piercy’s poem is sure to make you smile; the narrator of this dramatic monologue sounds just like my mother, even though she doesn’t bake. There must be some kind of genetic “mother teaching voice” that gets handed out along with that wallop of hormones. You gotta love it.
MY MOTHER GIVES ME HER RECIPE
by Marge Piercy
Take some flour. Oh, I don’t know,
like two-three cups, and you cut
in the butter. Now some women
they make it with shortening,
but I say butter, even though
that means you had to have fish, see?
You cut up some apples. Not those
stupid sweet ones. Apples for the cake,
they have to have some bite, you know?
A little sour in the sweet, like love.
You slice them into little moons.
No, no! Like half or crescent
moons. You aren’t listening.
(Rest is here.)
Now for the really fun part of this post:
Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to make one of the following apple cake recipes in honor of John Chapman. If not this weekend, then sometime this fall. It’s your “American as apple pie” civic duty, and your family and friends will thank you for it. I wonder which one Marge Piercy would choose?☺
How do Upside Down Caramel Apple Tea Cakes sound to you?
(Scroll down — recipe is in the comments.)
photo by wine_scribbler).
If you want to get French about the whole thing, Apple Cake in Cocotte:
photo by Mortimer?
photo by Amelia PS.
photo by you can count on me.
So how did you like them apples? These recipes should keep you pretty busy for awhile. Have a sweet and sumptuous autumn — you’re such a pip!
Check out all the great poems being shared today at the Roundup hosted by the lovely Susan Taylor Brown.
“And there never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it.” ~ Neil Gaiman.
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