Standing in front of the kitchen sink at 6:00 a.m., pitting cherries with a paring knife. Big, dark red, slightly overripe cherries. A gift from friends who have a big cherry tree in their yard, at their new house in France.
It's a good thing to do when, for whatever reason, you can't sleep early in the morning. Goals: (1) save the cherries before they go bad; (2) make a cherry cake; (3) eat and enjoy for dessert at lunchtime.
A slice of life in Saint-Aignan, where there are way too many cherry trees, and where the fruit all ripens at the same time. Now back to the kitchen to make the batter and bake the cake.