Thursday, July 17, 2008

fruits of summer

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about laundry. An anonymous reader reminded me about the big clips that are needed to hold your futon (comforter), onto the railings of the lanai.

I wanted to show them to you and luckily the big condo across the street had some samples.

When we first came to Japan, I bought a pair of clips for our futon, then when we moved to the apartment we are in now, I realized the clips I had bought would not hold our futon onto the lanai railing, so I needed to buy bigger ones (insert pouty face)

Changing the subject, what fruits have you been enjoying this summer?

To make these muffin style clafoutis, I used a range of different chocolates (65% Guittard Sur Del Lago, 2006 Gran Couva Valrhona, Madagascar by Nakatani & 65% Guittard Ambanja). Bing cherries were quite expensive this year due to the rise in oil prices (they are imported from the US). I don't think Dhanggit pitted the cherries she used, but I did.

The "muffins" were dense and chocolatey. I want to try this recipe again using muffin papers instead of ramekins, if I can't find fresh cherries, I may use dried ones.

The sakuranbo (Japanese cherry) that I bought wasn't sweet at all, kind of disappointing actually. Overall, I think I may prefer the bing cherries over these.

On the other hand, the suika (watermelon) that I've bought has been really sweet--between 11% and 12% sugar content.

These momo (peaches) smell like they will be were delicious. I'm glad they are not wrapping these guys in saran wrap--I like to smell peaches before buying them.

These fruits are probably the best part of Japan summers.


2kamuela47 said...

yummy...this summer I had lots of mangos, lychee, stawberries and blueberries. Sorry no pictures. Ohh, my friend has a lychee farm on the Big Island, their lychee is really big and meaty.

Take care!

tamakikat said...

Hi there from Gion Festival town, Kyoto.

That muffin looks and sounds delish.

I agree with you that summer fruit are up there with the best things in summer.I've had some of all the fruit you mentioned. Do you like the mini grapes too?


K & S said...

yum, lychee, I'm jealous Laura!

mini grapes? I think you may mean the "delaware" grapes? Those are good too, Tamakikat.

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

Those futon clips are like...boomerangs! Italians air out their comforters too -- right outside their windows. No clips, only because they never hang them on a windy day (dust gets into the windows).

Beautiful fruits!

K and S said...

I've seen my neighbors futon go flying because she didn't clip it to the railing, Rowena :)

Take care.

Lyvvie said...

I'll come out of lurk to talk fruit. We've had a huge amount of fruit this summer and it's been very cheap which is uncommon for the UK. We've been gorging ourselves on nectarines, grapes, cherries (Which historically go for almost £5 a pound and I've not bought for many years), donut peaches which are a new type in the market and strawberries. Mounds of strawberries. Scotland is apparently over-run by strawberries at the moment it's as if they're giving them away. We're having strawberries daily.

Debinhawaii said...

Your muffin clafoutis look so good. I love chocolate and cherry together. And those peaches are so pretty! I miss peaches--they never look that good here.

Rowena said...

The fishermen are on strike?!?! For some reason it just struck a bad nerve in my body. And 182 yen/liter for gas sounds like a deal. I think we were paying that price like a year ago. :(

K and S said...

I've seen those donut peaches on Tea and Cookies blog, looks delish! Strawberries daily sounds like a treat! Thanks for coming out, Lyvvie :)

Thanks Deb!

I hope it won't be for too long, Rowena.

Take care everyone.

Dhanggit said...

oh my goodness kat your chocolate cherry clafoutis looks really really moisty and delicious!! oh how i miss the big watermelons in japan..thats the sound of summer for me!!

K and S said...

thanks for sharing the recipe, Dhanggit :)

take care.

Lori said...

I've been eating a little of everything this summer. Lychee, mango, kiwi.... Those peaches look good!

K and S said...

Yum Lori, lychee, mango! The peaches here are so different from the ones in Hawaii :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

I too have been enjoying cherries - they're among my favorite summertime snacks and lately Whole Foods has had an excellent selection of them. I'm keeping my eyes open for some fantastic peaches. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Kathy said...

ooo I love Japanese peaches - so much more ono than anything we get in NYC! :)

K and S said...

I hope you find some delicious peaches, Ari :)

I guess the peaches here aren't picked early for shipping that is why they are so good, Kathy.

Take care you two.

Barbara said...

Lovely summer fruits Kat. I love the photos.

K and S said...

Thanks Barbara, I'm looking forward to seeing what you are enjoying in Australia :)

Take care.