First of all, by the time most of you are reading this I will be on a big ole jet plane headed out to see Wonder Twin!! Ohhh there will be adventures to share when I get back.
Now, back to the “recipe”. OK, it’s not really a recipe. It’s more of a “look what I made” post. This is how it started:
My uncle showed up at the house the other day with this bag. He plopped it on the counter and said something like, “You’re not going to believe what I brought you.” Oddly enough, this happens a lot with my Uncle, my mother’s youngest brother. Like the time he showed up to a birthday party with a pickup bed full of packed, freshly fallen snow and freshly cooked crab embedded into it. Yeah, this kind of thing happens a lot.
So cautiously, I opened up the mysterious black bag to reveal yet another bag: a bag full of orange ice cubes.
What you need to know about my Uncle is that he is very resourceful. He knows all the local growers and just about every week he talks them into selling him a bounty of little-heard-of produce that you will not find down at the local Bel Air shopping center. One such week he received a bunch of juicy, ripe Cara Cara oranges. I bet most of you (like me) are saying “What is a Cara Cara orange?”
Cara Cara oranges are a variety of navel orange that are known for their almost salmon colored flesh. They are truly beautiful and the flavor is great as well. Something like a cross between flowers, oranges, berries and apricots. But he had A LOT of oranges and rather than let them go to waste (how many oranges can you really eat in a week?), he juiced them and put them into ice cube trays. And that’s what was in the bag.
It just so happened to be the night of the oyster feast, so as an accompaniment I tossed a few of the Cara Cara cubes into a goblet….
… covered them with a little club soda we had stashed away from last week’s birthday party…
…and had a refreshing, bubbly treat! The more the cubes melted, the more I could taste the floral sweetness of the Cara Cara.
It was a good day.
I wonder what Uncle will bring this weekend?
I am still without internet capabilities a mi casa, if you’re wondering why the posts have been lean lately. I literally had to wander around in a walnut orchard this week to find enough cell bars to send a text message. I finally found 4 bars about 50 yards from the house, it was pretty exciting. And so although I’ve been cooking up a storm and have about 200 projects in line, I can’t share most of them with you yet!
It will all work itself out eventually. Maybe after I get back from my trip I will park myself at a local Starbucks and get some stuff done!
Happy weekend everyone! I hope yours is full of sunshine and joy!