Sunday, December 31, 2006

End of year resolutions

What, making resolutions at the end of the year, instead of at the beginning? Today, I'm looking back and having some 'gee, I wish I could have..' thoughts about the year petering out as the clock moves forward.

I wish I could have spent some more time singing and less time working.
I wish I could have spent some more time with Glenna before she passed away.
I wish I could have spent some more time in New Zealand, especially on the west coast.

It's all about time, isn't it? and how it trickles away... we think we are "spending" it, but really we are swimming against its current, thinking we are getting somewhere, while it is pulling us with it, downstream, carving a shape in the landscape as it rushes through. What would happen if we let it pull, enjoy the flow, stop the resistance. Would that make life seem faster, or would it slow things down and allow for more energy to savor each passing scene?

Well, it's all metaphor and illusion... the only wisdom we seem to know is to live in the moment, whether pulling up or flowing down, and look at each other and say "I love you".

One resolution: I will blog more in 2007.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Robin's 'hood

I have written here before about the yearly visitation by a large flock of robins. They often arrive around new year's, but this year, in the rain, they arrived yesterday. We saw a very large flock during our morning walk... they are more numerous than ever before, though individually, the birds look a little thin (perhaps from sharing the resources among a larger flock).

I rushed home to put out more seed in the backyard, but as of this morning, they hadn't discovered the feeder or the tree full of juicy holly berries that they so enjoy. There must be a hundred of the beautiful birds... they are circling the neighborhood and decorating the trees as the last of the leaves fall.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Here's the recipe

Pear Molasses Pie

8 pears (I used 2 Bosc and 4 Anjou. I think the Anjou are better, cause they are firmer, but if you like a soft filling, use Bosc)
6 Tbsp molasses (I used organic blackstrap)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter (I used freshly made Jersey butter), cut into small pieces
3 Tbsp tapioca
2/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger (I think I used more)
1/4 tsp salt
flour, for dusting
dough for two pie crusts

Preheat oven to 425. Quarter 6 of the pears. In a large skillet over medium high heat, bring 3 Tbsp of the molasses to a boil. Let simmer about 2 minutes, until it thickens. Put half of the pear pieces in a single layer in the skillet. Sprinkle 1 1/2 Tbsp butter over the pears. Cook, turning occasionally, until the pears are well caramelized on all sides (but not cooked through), about 5 minutes.

Scrape pears & molasses into a bowl. Add tapioca and toss. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining pears. Add second batch the bowl and combine.

Thinly slice the remaining pears and add to bowl. Stir in the sugar, ginger and salt. Put the filling in the bottom crust. I latticed the top crust.

Bake for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 and continue baking until the crust is dark golden and pears are tender when pricked with a fork, about 45 minutes more. Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing, if you can stand it.