Summer Fruit Love Fest

Stone fruit and berries continue to dominate my meal planning. This weekend was no exception. By request, my mom showed me the steps to make an apricot pie so I’m armed and ready to make the next one at home. See the “fruits” of our labor…

We also experimented with an ad hoc blueberry compote to serve on waffles, in place of syrup. To make the compote, I combined fresh blueberries with strawberry jam in a small sauce pan over low heat, and added a little extra sugar to make sure the finished product was thick enough.

Also, I put overly ripe fruit to use in an apricot, plum, and strawberry cobbler using the recipe for “Summer Berry Crisp” from the Epicurious iPad app – with a few modifications, of course.

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Cooking with the iPad

I found a new iPad app called “The Photo Cookbook” that features gorgeous photography, and step-by-step cooking instructions. Plus you can email a shopping list:

“I’m cooking “honeyed apricot lamb with lemon couscous” from the Photo Cookbook iPad App and was wondering if you could pick up a few things:

4 lamb leg steaks
4 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 small butternut squash
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
600 ml/1 pint chicken stock

2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
100 g/3½ oz ready-to-eat dried apricots
2 tbsp clear honey finely grated rind and
juice of 1 lemon
200 g/7 oz couscous
salt and pepper
3 tbsp chopped fresh mint, to garnish”

The truth is I used pork tenderloin and didn’t have coriander, lemon, butternut squash or ginger and I used about 12 ripe apricots instead of dried. Lastly, I served it with acini de pepe pasta pearls instead of couscous, but it still tasted great.

Basically, you brown the meat in a large pan or dutch oven for a couple of minutes o each side in oil, then add the onion and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Next I added the apricots and honey and simmered for 20 minutes over medium heat. Serve with couscous, rice, risotto or pasta. Pretty easy!

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