On a perfect summer day, the sun is shining, the breeze is whispering, and the air smells of sweetness and freshness. It’s warm, but not too warm, and the bugs are at bay, hiding until the sun goes down at evening’s call. It was unfortunate that I had to spend the first six waking hours of this perfect summer day in a bakery, but even the kitchen wasn’t quite as hot as usual.
The afternoon light is what I like best. As my brothers and mom and I sat on the backyard deck, we enjoyed the light the vibrant sunshine casted. From the other side of the fence, a neighbour’s tall evergreen tree loomed over us, providing shade. Perfection, elevated by the fact that we were viewing such a scene with a glass of Pomegranate Lime Lemonade in hand and a slice of Pumpkin Loaf set on the deck table in front of us. Tea-time at its best.
The Pomegranate Lime Lemonade is inspired by a drink that we had had at a Mexican restaurant in New York City a couple weeks ago. It’s deliciously sour and sweet, a tease on the taste buds.
The Pumpkin Loaf is another treat from my co-op placement at a bakery. It’s got that hint of cinnamon and spice and is as moist and flavourful as they come. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me before I cut the first slice, the loaf contained walnuts, which I am mildly allergic too. My mom loved the loaf, because she likes walnuts, and even my older brother, who was wary of the walnuts at first, ate the whole inch-thick slice I placed in front of him.
Me, I just picked out all the walnuts and ate the pumpkin loaf part (which I really should not have done because my throat swelled up afterwards...)