For round two of our bake night, we decided to pick some strawberries together at a local farm and make a strawberry pie. While we were preparing it, we made a spontaneous decision to use the remaining strawberries to make jam as well. Trust us, it was an excellent decision.
Bake #2 – Strawberry Pie (recipe)… and jam
Collecting strawberries for the pie
These will go on top
Making the strawberry whipped cream
Very light and creamy
Now, on to the jam
Mixing with the sugar
I slipped deftly into Botticelli’s Primavera one afternoon,
Begging the pardon of the Three Graces in white
As I wandered toward the orange grove.
The little cupid, bow at the ready,
Failed to notice the bent flowers beneath my feet
And my slow reach into the branches
Where I carefully felt for a perfect orange,
Tore the globe of skin from its stringy flesh,
And held the dimpled smoothness of the flayed world in my palm –
The shred of color,
The fragrance of gravity,
The naked hue of hunger.
Then, like my father before me,
I dug my teeth into the tender spot and, somehow,
I have spent the sudden years trying to dig myself back up.