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Mundane Monday: Kitchen Close-ups

Good morning and Happy Monday! I don’t teach on Mondays so I tend to have a better relationship with the day than many people do. I had a concert last night, I got enough sleep, and like most Mondays, I usually have a little time to catch up on blogging.

And then the email appears. If I have teaching later in the week, I have to send my teacher prep email. I schedule it with Boomerang to show up in the teachers’ mailboxes on Monday morning, and I bcc my personal account to make sure it arrives. I also send a follow-up email to the classes I taught last Friday. And I schedule that for Monday Morning too because who wants work email on the weekend? Ugh!

Along with those emails, I got my weekly Mundane Monday email from Dr Katherine. For today’s challenge, she posted a photo of a blue butter dish from her kitchen. I wouldn’t have recognized it as a butter dish without the label. What I do recognize is the beauty of glass. As a child I used to collect beach glass in different colors. And one of my favorite wedding photos has my husband’s and my faces framed by a glass.

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I think my favorite part of the kitchen is also something mineral, as opposed to animal or vegetable. Like glass, there is also a quality about stone, (or even fake stone) that makes me think of timeless and universal beauty. The food that is prepared in the kitchen is ephemeral, but there are other parts of the kitchen that are more permanent. I think that “stone hearth” and “brick oven” and “granite counter tops” are part of our kitchen vocabulary for a reason.

Back in Belmont MA we had a nice kitchen that we had had remodeled from its former 1980s decor. In particular I liked the geometric backsplash pattern we chose, which just came from Home Depot, but it had a historical Italian feel to it. I sometimes used it as a backdrop to photograph other things. Like this jar of Swedish Fish I won for guessing there were exactly 250 of them:

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And on the candy theme, since it’s almost Halloween, several years ago my son got a Rock Candy-making kit for Christmas. The candy grew nicely there on the kitchen counter:

And in one of my more successful home improvement projects, I replaced and installed a kitchen faucet myself.

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My kitchen in California is much darker and I don’t like it as well for that reason. But that backsplash too makes for some good pictures, if nothing else.

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This is our current faucet (that I did not install). And, in CA we have persimmons from a tree in the backyard!

Our new kitchen faucet, with persimmons on the counter behind

This time of year there are always some on the counter, ripening, getting ready for me to make persimmon cookies.

Fuyu persimmons on the counter

The Mundane Monday photo challenge seeks to find beauty in the mundane. It was started by TraBlogger and is continued by Dr. Katherine Ottaway. Stop by and say hello, and submit a photo!

 

Mundane Monday: Our new kitchen faucet

The Mundane Monday photo challenge has weekly themes this year, and this week’s theme is a “washbasin.” I put the term in quotes because we in the USA don’t usually call it that. The picture in the blog looks like a sink to me. Clearly this challenge is right for me, though, because I already have some sink pictures.  Continue reading Mundane Monday: Our new kitchen faucet

Mundane Monday (on Tuesday): Persimmons

Last year when we moved into our new house in CA, we had mysterious trees in our backyard bearing mysterious fruit. A couple of people told us these were persimmons. I had never eaten a persimmon before. I’m not a particularly adventurous eater, but I’ll try any fruit or vegetable once. Continue reading Mundane Monday (on Tuesday): Persimmons

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If it be not ripe, it will draw a man’s mouth awry, with much torment, but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as an apricot.–Captain John Smith

Our new house is full of surprises. One of those was a weird bay window in the upstairs shower that we ended up replacing. (“What were they thinking?” “Who knows, it was the 1980s in California!” was a common refrain among people who saw this window).

A nicer surprise is the persimmon tree in the backyard.
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I’ll pause here to note that up until a few days ago, I had never eaten a persimmon and barely even knew what a persimmon was. Now I’m swimming in them. The land where our housing development is located used to be an orchard. We also have a couple of orange trees in the backyard too, in homage to those old orchards.

I wasn’t sure how any of them would be doing after this long, hot, dry summer. But we’ve taken to watering the trees with gray water from the kitchen. We have a big blue bowl in our kitchen sink and we collect water from rinsing things, or from boiling things, or lightly soiled/soaped dishwater. Periodically, we go out and dump this water at the base of some lucky foliage.

And the persimmon tree is heavily laden, groaning under its bounty. We realized there was no way we were going to be able to pick all of this, so my husband went out and bought a tool.

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My first attempt at picking a persimmon with this tool had predictable results:

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But after practicing with the low-hanging fruit (in a situation where that is not a metaphor–ha!) I got the hang of it and saved at least a few from the rapacious squirrels to be eaten by humans.

According to the internet, these look like the Fuyu variety, one of the Asian persimmons native to China that arrived in California in the mid-1800’s. And unlike American persimmons, Fuyus are non-astringent. Yay! These aren’t John Smith’s persimmons. Even if we don’t put them in a paper bag with a banana to ripen, they can still be eaten while firm.

It’s taken me a while to get around to looking for recipes, since I tend not to get too excited about desserts that don’t contain chocolate, especially if they require effort on my part. But some of these look like they would be easy to make and taste good too:

Grandma Edith’s Persimmon Cookies

Persimmon Pie

Martha Stewart has several different salads using persimmons, such as Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad with Arugula and Hazelnuts.

Something new for Thanksgiving, maybe. But I’m still going to try that paper bag banana thing. I’d like to taste a ripe one all by itself.

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