I am a coconut fiend- that’s all there is to it. I love coconut so much that I reckon if I were stuck on a desert island with a coconut tree, I would be happy. So, this is what I made recently in my kitchen to feed the coconut cookie monster living in my house… that’s me, by the way.
I picked up a few stems of rhubarb from our local farmer’s market yesterday. I love rhubarb- it’s like magic celery, but fruity instead of salty. Just don’t eat it raw. It’s so sour you might implode with puckering… NOT a good look!
The Flavour Thesaurus (see Cookbooks To Live By in the left margin), says that rhubarb, when it is ripe, contains a slight strawberry-like floral flavour, which is why strawberry and rhubarb are so often paired together in the US. Strawberry-Rhubarb pie is one of my absolute favourites. Tart and sweet, it goes perfectly with vanilla ice cream- which I also LOVE. This recipe is so easy, there aren’t a lot of pictures. It always turns out well because the strawberries add the sweetness rhubarb needs where in other rhubarb recipes too little sugar can cause a disaster.
Sunday was Mothering Sunday. I hope everyone remember to call, send flowers too, or think about their mum and how amazing mothers are generally.
My beautiful, loving, liberal mother has taught me a lot of things. She has taught me how to tie my shoes, spell b-a-n-a-n-a, eat a banana, walk, and make chicken cacciatore- a few among many examples of course. My mother also taught me about protecting myself, about seeing signs of danger- but that didn’t stop me being chased down an ally-way aged 21… details aside it was pretty scary, fortunately I got away without a scratch.
Now, I generally don’t get all dark and dreary about much- but street harassment, harassment in general, is a real bugbear of mine- partially because I have experienced it before, too many times, and sometimes it has been scary. This week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week and not many people know about it- so, I’m spreading the word about as thick as I spread butter on homemade bread.
Catcalls, sexist comments, flashing, groping, stalking, and assault. During International Anti-Street Harassment Week, people worldwide will collectively speak out about gender-based street harassment and work toward solutions.”
I may be a woman and I may bake a lot of cupcakes- that doesn’t mean I’m weak, and neither should any other woman think they are, or man for that matter and NO ONE should feel they aught to put up with unwanted attention or threat. Gender-based harassment, mainly toward women and girls, is a huge problem internationally. It happens all the time. Let’s do something to help stop it happening where we walk- let’s take back the street.