Friday, June 25, 2010

Future Figs, Pretty Bodum Grill and My Mystery Tree

I've just had a power outage (whole block, neighborhood... whole city?) and with no interwebs to keep me busy, I ventured outside.  I mowed the lawn, pondered my mystery tree and wondered how long 'til I have fresh figs to eat.

Here is the mystery tree.  What is this?  It had yellow fruit on it earlier this year.  I came across a post at Apartment Therapy's cooking site that makes me think maybe it is loquat.  It looks very similar.  Can anyone tell me?

I'm thrilled to have a fig tree.  It's beautiful and I look forward to the day I can pick the fruit.  It straddles mine and the neighbor's yard, so I may have to fight for the figs, but I am completely prepared to do that.

Best of all, today my new grill was delivered.  I know that some of you are very fancy with your Big Green Eggs and your Serious Grill Business but I am lazy, prone to neglect and sloth and really just want something small and easy to bring in from the humidity and rain.  My last grill was a great little cast iron hibachi that did a really good job but was so heavy that I eventually slacked off on bringing it inside and it rusted away.

This time I knew what I needed.  I wanted a patio grill with enough room to make food for 2-4 people.  Sturdy but light weight.  Portable.  A friend pointed the Bodum Fyrkat Picnic Grill out to me and it fit the bill perfectly.  Plus: adorable.

It has little silicon clips to keep the lid on while moving it from place to place, along with a silicon covered handle.  Nicely enameled, seemingly well built and just the right size.  They come in an array of summer colors and are made by Bodum, of Bodum french press fame.  I know, strange right?  They seem to have branched out into BBQ this year.  I'm a little nervous just because they aren't an established grill manufacturer, but at $50 and given that my needs aren't hardcore grilling purposes, I'm sure it will be fine.  I'll let you know how it works out in practice.  I also bought a Weber chimney charcoal starter and am looking forward to having deliciousness tonight.  Just not sure yet, what to cook.  I have some fat little asparagus in the fridge, just waiting to hit the grill.  Meat is as yet undecided.  Anyone grill something nice lately?  I crave inspiration.


Anonymous,  June 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

I'm real excited for you! Ready... Set... Grill!


Celeste June 25, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

Baby, you got yourself a mespelouse tree (aka mispelisse, "misbelieve" and all sorts of alternative spellings). It's more commonly known as an American loquat. Very edible, lemony-tangy, juicy fruit. As far as I can tell, the trees were popular a few decades ago as ornamentals (showy flower bracts, interesting leaf texture), and birds eat the fruit and poop out seeds all over south Louisiana.

Fair warning: city rats LOVE mespelouse; I used to live two blocks from the river and once saw a dog-sized rat chowing down on loquats in broad daylight in my backyard.

NOJuju June 25, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

I'm pretty sure a possum was keeping the scurvy away by eating ours in the spring. Next year I'll know better and will pick everything for myself.

Tim June 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

It's not oyster season, but it looks like the cute little Kermitgrill could hold about a dozen decent bivalve molluscs, when the time is right.

If I had it, I think I would grill some sardines, and drink pink wine with them, and pretend I was in southern Portugal.

NOJuju June 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM  

Ah Tim, you're on to something there. Mmm, sardines.

Annie Bleecker June 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

That bbq is darling. We lost power too.

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