Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wake me up when it's spring
I seriously do not like cold weather, and we're not even that cold here. I like rainy days like today but warm rainy days - with thunder.
So I've milked all the sympathy I can from people about my muscle strain or whatever it was, and I seem to be over it. Emily said it could take 6-8 weeks, so I was pleasantly surprised to get up from a chair easily yesterday. I even sat down and got back up a few times to test it. There's still some soreness but nothing like before. Maybe if I had had someone to bring me things, I would have stayed in bed and made it last longer. There's nothing like an ailment to make you appreciate simple things, like just walking. I guess now there's no excuse for not getting the rest of the decorations up.
Here's Gaby's punch recipe just as she sent it to me:
This punch can be eated cold or hot, it is even better if you serve it one day after when the flavors get set; you can make it for grownups if add some rum to the cup.The smell, haaaaaa reminds me when I was a child, every woman in Guatemala make it different, some people adds shredded coconut, orange zest, another grapes, banana, apricot.... ufff you can add almost what you want (please let the cat alone). This is my moms version; please, please, make it!! I want to read your comments.
1 small pineapple (about 2 1/2 cups) without the center
3 apples (it doesn´t matter the color)
3 bosc pears or another soft pear
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of pitted prunes
3 ripped plantains
1 tbsp of ginger fresh or grounded
1 stick of cinnamon
3 fat peppers or 1/2tsp grounded
3 cloves (like 1/8 tsp grounded)
3 cups of brown sugar (or white sugar) at taste
water until cover the fruit and a cuple more for the evaporation.
Cut all in small dices ( I never peel the apples or the pears), simmer for 30 minutes, and serve it hot. Watch your mouth!! If it is too sweet add more water.
I just would like someone to bring me a nice cup of it right now. I'm going to see what fruits I find today when I go out and try making it (my version). Hopefully we'll be getting pictures of the festivities soon.