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Life is a bowl of cherries

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Life is a bowl of cherries”?

It comes from the name of a song from the 1930s that was about a charmed life where everything went wonderfully.

I learned this phrase in my childhood from a book Erma Bombeck wrote, called “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?”

She was a humourist from the 1970s, but today I think that attitude is taken more seriously.

But in this column I am here to encourage you to see the positive side of that saying, by simply living its essence: enjoy the bounty.

Cherry season in the Okanagan is always a time of indulgence for me.

When I was a kid, cherries were considered a luxury. They were available but only as a treat, as they were an expensive summer fruit.

My hubby remembers cherries the same way — in the ‘70s, they were something you had only a few times and only a few at a time. There were never enough of them to make a dessert or any kind of recipe.

Now, we have a cherry tree in our yard, and every summer we make cherry desserts, cherry ice cream, cherry scones, even cherry juice. I feel like a Queen for most of July.

Does anyone else remember “The Witches of Eastwick”? There is a scene in that movie where Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher — the witches — all recount how a woman talks of them disparagingly as they eat a gigantic bowl of cherries.

Let’s just say, bad things happen to the woman after that. So, my caveat to eating cherries is to make sure you think good thoughts. It’s the secret to enjoying most things, really.

Check out a local farm stand or farmers market to get local cherries and enjoy fresh-picked flavour. They can all use our support. And get creative in using cherries in food:

make cherry salsa (red onion, sweet and hot peppers, maybe some cilantro if you like) - it’s delicious with grilled salmon or chicken

Try dipping cherries on their stems in melted chocolate (gourmand tip: if you pit them first, more chocolate flows through the hole)

Make a cherry clafoutis (recipe link: https://happygourmand.wordpress.com/recipe-archives/cherry-clafoutis/) This delectable cross between a pancake and a cobbler is not to be missed, for brunch or dessert.

Maybe cherries are not a luxury here in the Okanagan, but enjoying quality time still seems to be an art. Even if you just grab a bowl of cherries and sit down to enjoy them, that could make life better at least for a moment, don’t you think?

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



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