Monday, 24 October 2011

Hitting the High Notes

Last Friday, Terri revived her "Life is Good" posts, and encouraged others to join her in posting about the good things in life.  This is intended to be the first of a  regular feature here where I share some of those small things that make life good.

One constant High Note is my younger son's sense of humour.  We were watching a TV show last night where a guy was in Soweto at a Bungee Jump site.



They have a platform between 2 disused cooling towers and jump from it.  As they bounce around the jumpers go incredibly close to the towers.  My son watched this and suggested that the paintings on the towers were to cover up the splat marks... 

Another High Note is food.  I love food - both cooking and eating.  On Sunday evening I had the urge to make a nice dessert, so I set about the bowl of apples that had come from a friend's garden/orchard.  Peeled and chopped I got them cooking slowly, adding a good dose of cinnamon as it went.  Once these had cooked to a wonderful combination of firm pieces and sauce, I left it to cool and smashed up some biscuits to make a base, which I dolloped the apple onto.

Next I set to on the cream - I love whipping cream by hand with a wire whisk. None of that electric mixer stuff - I like to feel the cream thicken, choosing the perfect moment to stop.  The cream was now spread onto the now cold apple and finished off with grated chocolate.  Oh yeah, that was a great treat on a Sunday evening!

My final High Note is that it is home time for me!  Sorry if you are only starting your working day...

9 comments:

terri said...

Yay! I'm so glad to see you doing this! It will help keep me on track with my own "grateful" posts!

Isn't it fun to see your kids develop a true sense of humor. Makes life such fun.

Your dessert sounds delicious! I wish I had a knack for just creating something like that. I always seem to need a recipe and a plan.

wReggie said...

The apples....sounds so good.

Rock Chef said...

Terri - Sometimes I use a recipe, sometimes I just like to play. Mrs RC is good at this too - many of her greatest meals have been ones where she says something like "I've got some chicken in the oven - not sure what to put with it..."

wReggie - It was really good. I love apples which is good living in Kent which arguably produces some of the best in the world.

Shrinky said...

Mmmmmmm, what a scrummy desert! Love your lad's wry take on that scene (grin). I like this feature, hope to enjoy more of them in here. We have too many apples to keep up with, so we cart the excess off to "The Apple Orphanage", where they "pay" us in cider and apple-juice - isn't that a wonderful idea?

Rock Chef said...

Shrinky - Now that is a great idea! Would work great down here!

tz said...

that dessert so sounds like a high point! the jumping....not so much

Rock Chef said...

tz - it was my son's comment that was a high point!

TechnoBabe said...

A sense of humor will probably save your son over and over throughout his life. I like his sense of humor about the splat on the towers. I have that same kind of humor.

We make apples into a sauce with cinammon and we sometimes do pears like that. I could make the shortcake part with almond flour or coconut flour and still make the whip cream and chocolate on top and be on my new way of eating. Right now I am watching sugar so as not to spike the blood sugar levels but some day it will be so under control I will be making things like this too. It sounds great. You really are a chef, aren't you? Did you ever work as a chef?

agg79 said...

Nice recipe. Makes me hanker for some apple pie.

And I see your son has inherited your acerbic sense of humor.