Thursday, June 25, 2009
Bitter cherry sauce
I was on the trail with Fred the other morning when I caught a fleeting glimpse of a small creature eyeing me through the thimbleberry bushes.
As it humped down the trail its black-streaked tail gave it away -- gray fox. Not a surprise.
Fred of course was oblivious until he stumbled into the fox's scent trail -- apparently it had been enjoying the company of a pile of horse pucky.
Fred took off like a bloodhound.
The chase was a short-lived phenomenon. Reynard abandoned the trail about 50 yards away and disappeared into the underbrush.
Fred returned with gleaming smile and hanging tongue.
It was then that I noticed I was standing in a small thicket of wild cherry trees -- bitter cherries, Prunus emarginata, to be exact.
Laden with fruit.
I hooked a limb with my stick, and was soon lost in a reverie of browsing -- the yellow and red fruit were highly edible, and Fred whined for me to share the fare.
Yes, Fred eats sour cherries. It's a bit odd.
Well, let me just say that I developed a powerful craving for bitter cherry sauce on vanilla ice cream.
The next day I picked a half gallon of the seductive fruits, and the redhead pitted the batch and cooked it into bitter cherry syrup.
It's a good excuse to eat ice cream and completely nullifies the effects of all that cholesterol.