Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Cherry Strudel and a road trip

There is nothing particularly sophisticated about my version of this month's challenge, but then, farm life isn't exactly sophisticated, either, is it? Well, that's how this Daring Baker will probably be living the rest of her days.
What to do on a farm? Plenty!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in CA visiting my grandma and other family. Grandma has twenty acres of good land that she's going to let me turn into an herb farm. Farmer's markets, local organic herbs for restaurants, herbal medicines and consulting, that kind of stuff. Did you ever read Daughter of the Forest or Garden Spells, or watch Practical Magic? Something to that effect. (Oh, and if you haven't read those books or seen that movie, you should. You're missing out.)
This is the farm. A little barren now, but you just wait!

The little gal is only two days old in these pics.
Her mama won't accept her so we got to feed her.

I also visited this herbal studies school, where I'll be applying and hopefully attending starting next March.
Gorgeous, no?!

So while I certainly appreciate and enjoy the pictures from other bloggers who laboriously create and decorate their yummy looking treats, that's not really who I am. I'm really looking forward to embracing a more natural, traditional, simple way of living. If you're in the Bay Area or Central Valley, hopefully you'll be seeing me at the farmer's markets in a couple years!

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caf├ęs of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

For the basic recipe check out Coco Cooks or
Make Life Sweeter!, and I filled mine with fresh, hand-pitted cherries.


Rachel said...

Gorgeous pictures and the strudel...

apparentlyjessy said...

Yummy I love the 'rustic' look of the strudel! I think it is SO cool that you are going to have a herb farm! I loved practical magic, and will imagine you twirling around the herbs...whenever you mention them again! I wish you all the best for this adventure! :)

Lena said...

I am going to miss you when you move to Cali! But we will totally come out to see you when you are settled. I am not a big cherry person, but that looked pretty good. How did it turn out?

Vee said...

That is AWESOME!!
What a neat opportunity for you! I have a deep appreciation for getting back to basics.
I often forget that Cali has such wide open spaces like that still (save for sonoma & napa valley).
Also how did you do the cool collages?

Talina said...

Wow, Christi! That is amazing. And I LOVED the book Garden Spells and comparing your life to that makes me so much more excited for you!
Let me know how things turn out!

Claire said...

Looks yummy! The cherries are fantastic and it looks like it added to a great weekend.

Candice said...

What a neat idea - I love herbs! We just planted a little pot of 7 of them and have them on our balcony, that's as close to a garden as we can get while we're in this apt. By the way we still have your strawberry plant from 2 years ago, it's growing :) Are you going to move to California soon? That's really nice of your grandma!

minisuperbias said...

Let's see... I put cinnamon in with the cherries, and the filling mostly just tasted like the cinnamon and not at all like cherry. Cherries apparently lose their flavor when baked.

I did the collages with Picasa, a free Google program. So much fun!!!

I think Candice asked about my camera a while back. I totally don't remember what kind it is. A Nikon SLR of some sort. You create the blurred background effect by changing the depth of field, or focal ratio, on the camera. It will be a number like f5.6 or f12. The lower the number, the fuzzier the background. I think you can do this with regular point and shoot digital cameras, but it's never as good...

a. maren said...

hi christi! yes BOBA tea! thanks for visiting my blog...i hear you love to bake! i do too! we should swap secrets some time, or just talk about it. it is a passion for me!