Apres School, and the Sapodilla

Bevies, Flirty fruits | January 25, 2014 | By

Know what I’m not any good at? Skiing. But it’s not for lack of trying.

Okay, maybe it actually is for lack of trying. When I was in high school, my friend decided to teach me how to ski. We went on a bus trip to a hill, she taught me to do some turns, and then she got bored on the little hills and decided I was ready to graduate (you could argue that all hills in Ontario are little, and you would most definitely do this if you are reading this from the West coast, but they weren’t little to me). I went with her, but each time I lined up for the lift, I thought to myself, “Hm, I wonder if I’ll die this time.” I wasn’t good enough to keep up with the turns and I quickly picked up speed, so my strategy was just to lock my knees and yell at people to get out of the way. Thankfully, it worked that day, but I swore to be grateful that I had walked away with a pristine neck and never to try that again.

Years later, I took a few lessons, and by a few I mean five. I found this cold, and not particularly enjoyable. They never granted me the privilege of poles.

And then I married a snow bunny.

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Thanks blog.lakechamplainchocolates.com

That wasn’t him (but it might as well have been).

Thanks swoonworthy.net

Thanks swoonworthy.net

That wasn’t him either. Sorry about that, went on a bit of a Googling tangent. I’m back now. And you’re welcome, ladies.

Anyway, my point is that although my husband would love for me to be good at skiing, it does not happen to be one of my strengths. He is still encouraging me to learn, but I find it at waste of time and money at this point, and also it completely stresses me out. So although I love learning new things, as far as skiing goes, I’ve drawn a line in the snow and said that I have no need to learn to hurtle my body down a hill at high speeds. There are days this makes me feel like a quitter, and a jerk for not being more optimistic and team-player-ish. And I know there will be great numbers of ski trips in my future, because my kids are already becoming great little snow bunnikins. But now we’re finally coming around to my dangerous food point.

I am very adept at apres ski.

Sapodilla

That’s my friend Jackie. We did zero skiing the day she posed with these, but it was frigid cold out, so my sapodilla smoothies with brandy went down just as nicely as if we had tamed some Alpine slopes (is that the lingo? I wouldn’t know). As with apres ski, I am also very good at apres school. You don’t need to actually go to school to do apres school. In general, I think there should be more “apres” activities where you don’t take part in the activity. Life is too short not to celebrate not taking part in something.

Anyway. Sapodilla fruit.

Sapodilla

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Thanks tropicalfruitnursery.com

They taste a lot like a brown sugar coated pear, and their sap was the original source of chewing gum. I highly recommend them for snacking on straight up after every activity you’re not participating in. But even better, you can take this website’s advice and make brandy smoothies on a blistery cold winter’s day. (Or you could try a brandy smoothie with another soft sweet fruit, like a peach or even ripe persimmon if for some odd reason you can’t find sapodilla).

Brandy sapodilla smoothie (serves two)

1 cup milk

1 Tbsp honey

1/2C brandy (I increased the brandy from the pitiful 1Tbsp the original recipe called for)

1 cup sapodilla pulp

4 cups ice

Place the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Results: A great winter warm-up (although it’s mostly cold). This is tropical snow in a drink. I would buy sapodilla if I came across them again. Rating: 2 Yums

I’ll close with another picture of Jackie where I messed up depth of field (I played with some effects with it too). See Cinnamon, I really need to practice this month’s Snaptoit photo challenge on depth of field. Thanks for answering my question!!

Wait, instead I’ll close with a question for everyone else (it’s my blog and I’ll pivot on a whim if I want to). Make me feel better – name one thing in your life that you have given up on learning to do, but that you think to yourself, “I’m actually fine and dandy not to know that, thanks.” This is like the anti-New-Year’s-Resolution.

Cheers to winter!Jackie2

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    Marni
    January 27, 2014

    Sounds yummy. As usual, great pics!! I know there is something I’ve given up.. I’ll have to get back to you. Head cold got me in a bit of a fuzz

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    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd
    January 27, 2014

    Now that’s my kind of skiing. Boooo!! to the winter, the snow, and the cold and Hurrah!! to the drinks 🙂 I know I’m probably sounding repetitive but I always enjoy seeing a post from you because I know I’m about to learn something new. Sapodilla is something I never heard of. The flavor of a brown sugar pear sounds really cool and how can I not dig something that was the original source of chewing gum.

    Now to make you feel better…Here’s something I’ve given up learning to do and that I’m okay with: learning another language. I always thought I should brush up on my french so I can ask more than “where is the library or bathroom”… or learn some other Latin based lingo but just never have and probably will never bother to do so.

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      Ann Allchin
      January 27, 2014

      See, I still have fantasies about learning French at some point so I haven’t closed that door. But in my dreams I kind of learn in one go, like I get the power of French through a lightning strike or something. BTW, has anyone seen Misfits on Netflix? Awesome. Thanks once again for the comment, BurgNerd!

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        Trevor aka The Burger Nerd
        January 27, 2014

        We’ll sign me up for the lightning strike version of learning French…or mastering anything else via a John Travolta plot line (Phenomenon)…well it actually ends up being a tumor and not lightning but same-same. lol.

        Haven’t seen Misfits yet on Netflix but have seen it there and heard about the premise, I’ll def. have to check it out. I like shows like that…save for the super disappointing “Agents of SHIELD”. 🙁

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    Trish
    January 27, 2014

    You’re so freaking funny. Love the hot guy with the bunny hat. Jackie is looking pretty hot too. Hmmm, something that I gave up and am fine with….I too have to get back to you on that one.

    This drink looks delish 🙂

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      Ann Allchin
      January 27, 2014

      Wow, thought you guys would be all over this challenge. Maybe I’m more morbid about coming to terms with things I’ll never do. For example – surgery is probably not in the cards for me. Exotic dancing is probably also out. Although I never had intentions toward either of those, but still. As I age, I’m inevitably narrowing things down.

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    Joanna @ Midwestern Bite
    January 27, 2014

    I know better than to ever attempt skiing. I mean, I busted my finger pretty good the other day just trying to open some curtains. Sigh. Yeah. I did. And I’m still wearing the finger splint to prove it. On the positive side, my husband changed all of the toddler’s diapers over the weekend so that part was nice. Possibly not nice enough to have sustained an injury for, but I will take what I can get. I’ve tried roller skating and ice skating before and quickly decided breaking bones wasn’t for me. Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with having your two feet firmly planted on the ground. Perhaps if I had taken my own advice I wouldn’t have fallen opening curtains and busted my finger. Feet. On the ground. Both of them.

    Also I’d like to say that I rarely if ever crave alcohol but oh man, after reading this post I’d like to have what you gals are having! Perhaps in a few months. Of course there is also the issue of the sapodilla which I’ve neither ever seen or heard of before. So maybe never. And now I’m mad at you. So thanks a lot.

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      Ann Allchin
      January 27, 2014

      Didn’t mean to drive a pregnant woman to drink! But if I drove one to eat sapodilla, my work here is done.

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    Aly
    February 3, 2014

    I am not a skiing fan. Cold, wet, and outside for long stretches of time? Not my idea of a good time. Yay for you finding something fun in the event. 🙂

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      Ann Allchin
      February 3, 2014

      I found it pretty ironic to find myself on a snowy bunny hill today (ski-less) telling my son there is absolutely nothing to worry about and that I’d be very disappointed in him if he didn’t give it a good honest try… 🙂

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