Go ahead, guess what this is. Here's your first clue: it's the first part of August. Time for the Jenny Creek Cafe annual hog-tie and hopscotch convention! What you're seeing is me (at home) making a bittersweet chocolate torte, and simultaneously making lemon basil shortbread, because if I'm baking by myself I can do two things at once. That ratio reduces by the number of people helping me, but nobody was.
Along with talking until our throats are sore, a giant portion (see what I did there?) of what we do on these pilgrimages is eat. Wonderful food is a big part of the equation. It might be just as fun with boxed macaroni and cheese or Subway sandwiches, but I sincerely doubt it. We love to make food for each other, and we relish eating it.
|This looks peculiar because it's raw. I forgot to take a picture after it was baked. It was beautiful.|
|This guy is raw too, obviously. Filleted, marinated and grilled on cedar planks, it was hands down the most delicate and delicious salmon I have ever eaten.|
We're halfway through our long weekend retreat, still eating and drinking and talking. Those with hardier constitutions and better knees have decided to climb this nearby cinder cone, and a slightly less agile contingent has gone to take pictures at nearby Lake Siskiyou.
|There's the view from the tippy top of Black Butte cinder cone, which I can see from the window.|
I got up out of my easy chair to wave at them.
I'm here on a peaceful comfy couch in an enormous log home with my first drink of the afternoon (but not likely my last.)
|Made with this, the most delightful stuff on earth|
Elderberry liqueur is a magical potion that is better than any liquid you have ever tasted. My new favorite beverage, by a wide margin, is a delight called a White Linen. It has this St Germain, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, sliced cucumbers and good gin. Last night when I was figuring out the math required to make a pitcher full I completely missed the admonition to top off the glass with club soda so after two or three tumblers full I really needed to pipe down and go to bed. I didn't, but I should have. Fortunately tonight I have another opportunity to get things right.
Since all I have is my little Samsung camera phone, decent pictures of this fiesta are a bit farther down the pipeline, but I will come up with Part Two, I promise. Tonight's dinner is grilled pork tenderloin, caprese salad, grilled vegetables, and the second half of that chocolate jewel I was making at the top of this post.