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Monthly Archives: December 2011

A very special stew

Something new for today folks after a taste sensation cooked up in the kitchen needs to be promoted. It is time for the first livewithfruit recipe! Yesterday Apples were stewed and consumed. It was quite the party. Such a simple way to enhance the humble Apple from pauper to prince is to be treasured.

It is clear that when regarding the chopped up Apples liberally sprinkled with brown sugar ensures we are already onto a winner. The added joy of a splash of dark rum makes a compelling mixture. Blasted for a few minutes in the microwave the aroma is intense. The result is a decedent balancing of sweetness and tanginess cloaked in with the richness of the rum. Moreish and irresistible livewithfruit is in heaven.

Pass the spoon.


Champion Cherry

This is an exciting moment. Today comes with a guarantee of pleasure for livewithfruit. One of the finest examples of the great fruit family is ready. She is smiling at me with an air of arrogant assumption. She knows she has me and livewithfruit is trembling. This is fruit royalty and the air is charged. Let’s enter the world of the Cherry. Easy now. Breathe deep.

Oh what an appearance! Polished in a deep reddish-purple hue the Cherry is a truly noble fruit.  However, livewithfruit barely has time to appreciate the aesthetics of this wonder. Biting into the soft, sweet, sharp, juicy flesh reveals a rare combination of tenderness and unrestrained pleasure. Livewithfruit has fallen in love and is unashamed to admit it. You have to go out now and get some of these. Just prepare yourself for the ride and let go. Cherry yoghurt may be a good starter option before the real thing.

Today has been a labour of love and the perfect antidote for the disappointing Sharon fruit of yesterday. The livewithfruit journey is turning into a rollercoaster of emotion. The highs are phenomenal and the lows catastrophic. Yet this is the essence of a great journey of exploration and livewithfruit would have it no other way.

Poor Persimmon, Silly Sharon fruit

Today livewithfruit has an encounter with the unknown. A regular shopping trip to Morrison’s has revealed something intriguing. It is time to enter the world of duel personalities and ambiguity. This fruit has two names! Please give a cautious welcome to the Sharon fruit aka the Persimmon. Shipped from Israel this is a first for livewithfruit so let’s dive in!

Firstly the Sharon fruit is not easy on the eye. Looking like an unripe Tomato with a peculiar growth sprouting up from the top it has an unappetising aura. However, in the true spirit of livewithfruit we must never judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately sometimes we should. The taste is underwhelming to say the least. Mildly sweet and lacking a fullness or body, the Sharon fruit falls flat. Livewithfruit had to buy a four pack of these and is feeling something of a Plum for doing so.

Livewithfruit had the excitement of going to a ball last week where blog regulars Tipsy Young Lady (TYL) Girl With the Black Dress (GWTBD) and livewithfilm were all in attendance. Needless to say an in-depth discussion of fruit was entered into. Considerable scorn reserved for the strawberry cheesecake but great praise for the freshness and crunch of the Grapes accompanying the cheese board.

Lovely Lime

Fruit notes No. 1

The Lime

What is it? A citrus fruit typically round, green and 6-8 centimetres in diameter with an acidic pulp.

Acidic! Sounds dangerous. Don’t fret my friend the Lime has a similar acid level to cranberry and grape juice.

Phew, but what’s it used for? It has many uses but most often seen bathing in a bath of gin and tonic.

Sounds very British. Indeed during the 19th century British sailors used West Indian Limes instead of Lemons to prevent scurvy.

Guess that’s why we’re Limeys? Excellent detective work although the nickname originally came from Americans seeing green unripe Lemons in boats and wrongly assuming them to be Limes.

Do say: Ice with a slice please.

Don’t say: Pass the Lemon.


IMPORTANT – This is a tribute to the excellent pass notes section in the Guardian.

On the radio! 12.00 – 13.00 Today!

Amazing Apple juice

Today we break from the norm. Livewithfruit is writing for the first time from the David Wilson library, 3rd floor blue zone and is pressed for time from a looming deadline. No fear fruit lovers you will still get your fix as we indulge in a livewithfruit first – a juice!

The Apples in the bottle were even more pressed than livewithfruit. They were so pressed that they gave into the pressure and transformed. Together they combined created a beautifully rich golden liquid which tastes sublime. Slightly sharp but always smooth the liquid apples flows into the body with incredible ease. Livewithfruit is satisfied. Delicious.

This has been a short post and my apologies but the needs of an essay are calling and books need to be read and words need to be written. However, livewithfruit is excited to inform you that he will be on Leicester University student radio at 12.00 tomorrow guest hosting the excellent better than nothing show. Tune into LUSH folks!

A precious Pear

Livewithfruit is conscious of its international outlook. The search for fruit has reached all round the world. Indeed like a sailor has a girl in every port, livewithfruit has a fruit from every country and much less risk of disease. However, it is time to dock the good ship fruit in home waters. Today we go to the English countryside to sample an English treasure. It’s time for the home comfort of the Pear (Pyrus communis).

What a treat it is to dig into this delight. Soft, sweet and gentle the Pear offers no resistance. There is none of the fight of the Lemon or the kick of the Grapefruit in this delicious morsel. Livewithfruit loves a test but sometimes it’s just simple home-grown goodness that can hit the spot with aplomb. The Pear wraps the eater in a warm embrace, cushioning the taste buds and massaging the throat. To think such pleasure can be yours for a mere 35 English pence.

This focus on English produce is not a sign that livewithfruit has taken an isolationist approach to choosing fruit. The dangers of this policy have been all too apparent in US foreign policy between the wars and livewithfruit doesn’t want to snub the League of Fruit in a similar way.* Therefore at the end of this very month livewithfruit will be taking a research trip to the lovely city of Krakow in Poland in the search for rare Eastern fruits. It will be a great adventure and you will be sure to read all about it here!

*History joke