I’m on a bit of a food kick tonight… posted some reviews and a recipe on TasteFresno…
In the meantime… Wifey made these cake balls last week. Yes, you read that right. Cake. Balls.
They’re uber-moist balls of cake covered in dark chocolate and–as you can see–there’s only one left.
When I eat them I can feel the sugar rot straight through my teeth and into my brain. Amazing.
We’re at a crossroads of sorts. It’s the time of year when the cool mornings of springtime are quickly giving way to the hot, arrid sweat of Fresno summers. When the sugary sweets of Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter give way to the natural sweets of our local produce.
Here at the Mundy house we’re starting a new tradition that celebrates this passing of the seasons: the Easter bunny gets crushed with a hammer and consumed with the year’s first crop of strawberries.
Or maybe it’s just an excuse to eat ice cream.
Remember this place? The “home of the really good breakfast burrito“?
I finally stopped in and ate one today and… well, they’re upselling their product. I’d say it passes for okay, not really good.
Like I said before, really good is a poor way to market something you believe in–it’s like asking people to be underwhelmed. Of course, sometimes marketing is underwhelming simply because the product is underwhelming. When really goodis the highest rating your product can attain, you can’t really justify “world’s best burrito” or “flippin’ awesome chorizo.”
Once again, I think we settle for really good all too often. I’ve talked about it in the context of the local church before, but I think it holds true in all areas of our lives. We settle for a really good job, really good marriage, and really good finances when we should be striving for really meaningful, really excellent, and really purposeful.
Really good does nothing to engage people and chances are it’s just hiding okay.
Ok. Maybe the title’s a bit misleading.
One of our favorite Saturday morning traditions during the summer months is a trip to The Vineyard Farmers Market on Shaw and Blackstone in Fresno. We usually stop by each week between June and August to get our fill of the wonderful nectarines, peaches, figs, and plums that our valley gives us. It’s a great chance to learn from the people who know the most about your food, support local businesses, get fresh produce and–most exciting–try new things.
Until this last weekend, we hadn’t ventured to a winter session of the farmer’s market. Honestly, I don’t expect much from winter produce. My knowledge of the things that grow in the winter is that they’re leafy and green, which in my mind means boring. But, since chores are home are also boring, we ventured out to the rainy market.
The character of the farmer’s market doesn’t change– there’s still a bunch of great people there to share their passion for agriculture. And they took full opportunity to show me how wrong I was about their chards and tubers. There’s a whole variety of amazing tastes that you can get from these veggies. All of the vendors we met were knowledgeable as to the flavors their produce held and the types of preparations they worked best in. We ended up leaving with broccolini, Chinese broccoli, leeks, fennel, lambs quarter, arugula flowers, carrots and some herb I’d never heard of. Oh, and a bunch of chocolate truffles. Mmmm… neither leafy nor green.
Anyway, long story short, it’s always good to get out and explore what your community has to offer. There’s always something new to learn!
Every falltime, wifey–whom I love–keeps a ceramic pumpkin stocked with dark chocolate M&M’s–which I also love (in a different sort of way).
Seriously, the pumpkin never runs empty. It’s magic.
My question for you: if had a magical pumpkin that refilled itself with one autumn treat, what treat would that be? Go.