not helping in the bathing suit department: my love of pie, even the fake kind. and by fake, i mean this very delicious and super simple jam tart (also seen here). in lieu of the lavender lemonade and buttermilk cookies i was dreaming of last friday, last weekend i ended up using some gifted homemade apricot jam (made by my talented jam-making sister-in-law) to make this tart. and yup, my pie-denying husband actually indulged me and had a sliver or two, but left the rest to me. oops. but i can firmly say that this tart is delicious, and simple enough for a novice - i have never actually bitten the bullet and made my own pastry crust, so this was a good way to get my feet wet.
i did manage to make it to the hollywood farmer's market last weekend to pick up some lavender, so maybe i can make my lemonade tomorrow... tgif!
i also found some organic apriums at the market, one of my favorite fruit discoveries of late... it all started with the delicious june taylor aprium conserve i purchased last winter at the sf ferry building, from the fabulous june taylor herself! man, that jam is so good i wanted to eat it with a spoon. (i think i actually did a few times, shhh...) i had never heard of apriums before then, but apparently they are a hybrid of apricot (75%) and plum (25%), the inverse of the more common pluot. i have been on the lookout ever since, and now they are finally in season! the friendly farmer told me the uglier they are the sweeter they will be, hence the spotted specimens.