Cherry memories, loving cherries, photographing cherries, and what I did with the leftover cherries
Summertime always gets me a little nostalgic (hence my 80’s summer post last year). I guess it’s because for a lot of us, some of the most cherished memories are created during the summer (the wintertime too, especially around the holidays). Kids are on summer break from school. And it’s around the time when most working adults will take a vacation (if they are taking one at all) and even go on a blissful vacation. Summer has always meant taking some time off from the everyday world and having fun, creating memories, relaxing, and of course, eating lots of yummy food. These are all the components to make a person feel happier. And I hope everyone takes a little time this summer to take a little breather from all the madness of the everyday world to enjoy the little things that summer has to offer. Life would get pretty boring and meaningless if we didn’t have these moments every once in a while.
Around my teen years, my family got into cherry picking. I don’t even remember how that started. I can look back on the cherry picking trips now and smile, but back then, I actually hated going. I mean, I think it was mostly because it was usually scorching hot and I wanted to go and chill in an air conditioned room somewhere instead of being out in triple digit heat picking cherries. But, it’s not like I had any choice. I was forced to go each time. We always stopped by on the way back home from Palm Springs.
Of course, we couldn’t eat THAT much cherries by ourselves. We gave them out to our friends, neighbors, and whoever else wanted cherries. I even got to the point where I was sick of cherries and did not want to see another single cherry again. But of course, that always passed and I always looked forward to eating cherries again the next summer.
Now that I am dabbling in food photography, it was only natural that I started shooting cherries. The vibrant colors of the cherries easily make them beautiful subjects to shoot. Turning them into beautiful works of art depends on the “shooter”. I am obviously far from being that kind of shooter. Which shot do you guys like? Can you tell that I went a little crazy with the shooting?
When I was done devouring and photographing cherries, I had a bit leftover that I could not eat anymore. I ate way too many! But I did make use of the cherries that were on their way to getting old. One of the things I did with them is make cherry smoothies!
Yeah, I still need some more practice with photographing drinks!
I also felt like baking something with the remaining cherries. Well you know me, it’s not unusual for me to be out of stuff. I was missing many of the key baking ingredients to bake anything. I was missing flour, butter, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, and a probably a bunch of other things that is needed for a lot of the baking recipes. I browsed around other food blogs for inspiration in baking with cherries with the limited ingredients I had on hand. But no, everything I came across was calling for ingredients I was missing. After some more browsing, I came across this! Flourless double chocolate cherry cookies on Sweet Simple Stuff! Wow, a recipe with the things that I actually had. Is it weird that I had chocolate chips on hand but none of the basic baking ingredients at the time?
The blogger at Sweet Simple Stuff is so right about cherries and dark chocolate belonging together. They just do. The cookies are very meringue-ish. The recipe calls for 3 Cups of powdered sugar! So yeah, definitely not the diabetic.
And of course, I had to take some shots of the cookies too. I couldn’t help but to wish that the cookie queen, Lindsey, was with me when shooting the cookies, yelling at me and telling me what I was doing wrong.