I can’t take this rain. And it’s not even rain; more like a perpetual mist that seeps through every pore and fiber, dampening clothing and temperament alike. Everything in Boston is absolutely and utterly soggy. The air is thick and drenched. Summer hues peep out beneath long, dark raincoats. Faces are permanently shaded by nylon umbrellas. I think you’re getting the idea. This cannot possibly be June.
For me, rain breeds complacency. I don’t want to do anything. I don’t want to go out on my bike, and thus must muster every ounce of will to go out at all; I don’t want to cook, because my body goes into hibernation and craves nothing but bread and chocolate. Add to this my most recent Trader Joe’s discovery:
It’s called “Chocotal” and it is an assortment of four delectably exotic and rich chocolate ice creams. Of course, I saved the Costa Rican Chocolate one for last. Wasn’t quite ready to see it go… Still, hello, heaven, I always knew you’d be in chocolate form.
Anyway, like a mourning shawl lifted from the hunched shoulders of an ancient babushka, today was the first sunny day in what seems like an eternity. I actually felt the warmth and heat of the sun! Such a blasphemy that we need to feel this way at the end of June! But, it was glorious, nonetheless. And so, I immediately hopped on my bike and rode out to my local Trader Joe’s for some red wine and cherries.
Yeah, those are pits. I got a little hungry during the shoot. Cherries, to me, represent the jubilant calling of summer. Their tartness, sweetness, juiciness, and vividness epitomize the food of this season. There is just about nothing better than biting into a chilled, plump cherry after a long day out in the sun. So, should the sun decide to tough it out for me, I’ll be making this Cranberry Cherry Relish to spoon over some grilled chicken sausage.