Loquacity and Loquats!

April 20, 2005

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EXT. MR. R’S MANSION–DRIVEWAY–MORNING

Caryn’s Honda screeches to a halt and she hops out, but her coat belt catches in the door and she gets yanked back.

CARYN

Ow!

She struggles with the belt to no avail. When she finally pulls it free, her bag and all its contents go flying. It lands off the driveway, spilling everywhere. Caryn growls and slams the car door closed.

She is crouched down, picking up her stuff when Lauren comes out of the house with her cell phone plastered to her ear.

LAUREN

Yeah, what a prima donna! He’ll be the only one on set with a personal chef, that’s for sure.

Caryn gasps, but Lauren does not see her in the shade of a large tree. Lauren sits in the leather seat of her shiny, black Mercedes and swings her stiletto’d heels in.

LAUREN (CONT’D)

Oh, believe me. I’ll take care of her. She’ll be miserable before she even gets there.

She closes the door, ending Caryn’s eavesdropping. Lauren peels the car out of the driveway as Caryn falls back and sits with her legs stretched out under the tree. She sighs and looks up at the sky.

Her view, however, is blocked by the heavy branches hanging just above her head. For the first time, Caryn notices that she sits under a tree loaded with ripe, golden fruit. Her dismay is immediately replaced with wonder.

CARYN

What do we have here?

Loquats Poached in a Light Apple Syrup

More delicate than poached pears, loquats can be served as a light dessert or used as a garnish to other confections.

1-1/2 cups apple juice

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

40-50 peeled loquats, cores and seeds removed

1. Bring apple juice, sugar and cinnamon to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add loquats and simmer until soft, 3-5 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 4.

11 thoughts on “Loquacity and Loquats!

  1. mrs D

    Oh, my goodness, those are lovely! I’ve not heard of loquats before. They must be quite rare in my neck of the woods. ::longs wistfully for big, yummy farmer’s market::

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  2. Nic

    Ack! Lauren is wicked… yet, I can’t help but wonder what she has in store.

    My neighbors actually have a loquat tree. I may have to sneak over and try a few – they look delicious.

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  3. ADeli

    Caryn, Thanks to you my husband has found Tamara’s Tamales a few blocks from his new job. He says they’re delicious and promises to bring some home tonight. Can’t wait. Also, you’ve got me hooked on wanting to find out what happens to Caryn and Mr. R. Keep up the good work.

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  4. caryn

    VW, They don’t look anything like figs! ;)

    Mrs. D., I don’t know if they sell them in a farmer’s market. These were actually picked from a tree!

    Charlie, I will admit that it is a bit of a time-consuming chore, but they do peel rather easily when ripe. To core them, I just slit one side and pulled out the seeds and core. I also dropped them in lemon water to keep them from browning. Something to do in front of the television perhaps? :)

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  5. Ezell

    I ordered loquats from http://www.melissas.com, a produce supply company in California. I received them yesterday (May 17,, 2006)and I tried them. They are alright. They are also referred to as May apples or Japanese plums.

    They have a short season for about 4 weeks that runs from late April to late May. I can’t get them at grocery stores here in Richmond, VA, but I probably will order them again next year.

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