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October 3, 2008

Golf Carts and Apple Turnovers

Filed under: Bellingham local,local,Pacific Northwest — Tags: , — Bellinghamster @ 4:48 pm

Q: Where can you go to drive a golf cart through apple orchards and eat the BEST apple turnovers?

A: BelleWood Acres

BelleWood Acres is not a u-pick, but it is a u-drive! As in u get to drive a golf cart all around and through the orchard (you can pick yummy little crab apples planted between the other apple trees – for free). My girlfriend had to drag me out today, but I’m glad for it. It was worth hearing the kindergartener’s scream: ‘I’m scared!’ when I drove the golf cart! They sit backwards strapped in. While I drove, my friend ate her apple turnover (devoured). And we didn’t just drive it around once, but twice – I gotta get out more…

Another bonus was I met Heather today – soooo nice. Dorie lets her run the kitchen and WOW what a prize. The store case is filled with delicious baked goods (cookies, turnovers). And you can buy Heather’s apple pie frozen with directions to bake (no one will ever know). The farm store sells apples (many varieties) and many foods made with their apples (butter, chips), vegetables and house ornaments for the holidays.

It’s a short drive north on Hannegan, left on ten mile – follow the signs. Or visit them at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I asked them if they had brought the golf cart. Sadly, no. There was no room in the back of the truck.

PS If you want more of Heather’s happy hour (desserts) as I now call it, visit Book Fare above Village Books. And a little bird told me she also does clown; creative head and heart.

September 3, 2008

English Gentleman’s Sit-Down Seedcake

Filed under: local,Pacific Northwest,restaurants — Tags: , — Bellinghamster @ 12:57 am

This post is not about a restaurant, but there is a reference to one. It is about a tea book. The cake is merely an accompaniment.

I have just finished reading ‘The Agony of the Leaves‘ The Ecstasy of My Life With Tea by Helen Gustafson. She was the tea buyer at the renowned restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. The book is filled with anecdotes about tea experiences. It includes many tea food recipes (cookies cakes sandwiches).

For me, the most interesting part of the book was her description of her meeting with THE Mr. Twining (tea people since 1706). Her description of him and his British nuances were very funny. They went out to lunch and for dessert Mrs. Gustafson and Mr. Twining shared a pot of Twining’s Traditional Blend and ate seedcake. FYI: he prefers his teapot to be of a quality stainless steel that holds the heat.

Little did I know I grew up with seed cake as a staple. My Mom makes hers with poppyseed. Some recipes use caraway (or “carried away seeds” as my daughter says).

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