At the edge of each season, I start fixating on what’s to come. Warmer weather, cooler weather, the leaves changing, cold winds. Pete grins when I start talking about “how I can’t wait for ______.” This week I’m craving spring. We were toyed with a bit when the temperatures reached 75ºF for a few days last week. The kids were out playing, sitting in the sun felt glorious. But alas, it’s only February, and it can’t last. The cold winds are back and our jackets are zipped up. (But I did pick up some bright red tulips at the market to keep the cheery feeling.)
Last summer, I bought 10 pounds of cherries and pushed them far back into the freezer. I knew that moment would come when I would crave a taste of spring, so today I pulled out a bag, mixed the fruit with tart apples and a cup of frozen blueberries. I tossed the fruits with maple sugar, a bit of arrowroot to thicken, and some bright zest of orange and lemon. Topped with some almond flour, butter and maple sugar, it just about tastes like spring.
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