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.
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.
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.
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.
What do we have here?
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.