"Eve's Delight" and a pleasant lecture . . . .
TarotLuv shared favorite Empress cards—and I loved them all! So I’ve scattered several through this post.
First: I promised something special to offer Mom on Mother’s Day—and here you have it. Eve’s Delight is almost effortless to make and quite inspiringly delicious. Just follow these directions . . . .
Obtain four excellent apples. (Golden Delicious, Fuji, or Crispin would all be good, but don’t use tart varieties like Granny Smith or Pippin.) Slice them, not too thinly, into a glass dish that will hold the apples in two layers. Microwave for two minutes at full power. Stir them, and microwave for another two minutes. Now sprinkle evenly with a mixture of ½ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup white sugar. Microwave for two more minutes, then stir to coat the apples thoroughly with the melted sugar.
Continue this process of cooking and stirring until the apples are cooked through and covered with a caramel glaze. Let them come to room temperature; they will keep nicely, covered, for several hours.
When ready to serve, place half the apples in each of two dishes. Top with a scoop of very good nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt or coconut gelato, and sprinkle chopped toasted nuts (a mixture of almonds and pecans is excellent) over the dish.
Variations: Add fresh berries, or use a flavored frozen yogurt, such as strawberry or white chocolate. You can also add a tablespoon of hazelnut liqueur (such as Frangelica) to the apples near the end of the caramelizing process.
Second: I also promised to share some of the more academic items from my Tarot cupboard. And if Mom is into Tarot—or would like to find out why you are—she will enjoy listening to this podcast recording of Dr. Juliette Wood's 2020 Katharine Briggs Lecture, given before The Folklore Society.
Dr. Wood gives a concise and correct summary of Tarot’s history and use, followed by an exploration of various ways in which Tarot has been woven into works of fiction. Her delivery is wonderfully soothing, by the way. All in all, an excellent way to spend 38 minutes—perhaps while preparing or enjoying Eve’s Delight!
As always, thanks for reading. We’ll wrap up this series of Daily Notes tomorrow, with the long-promised Counterculture Tarot. C