|Green Apple Wafers, made using classic method|
"Funny that.... Friendships..." - some actor on friendships
In fact this is a very good chance to bust some myths about Girl Friends...
You know it has become a common thought that women cannot be good friends! That women don't get along! That women are jealous creature! That women only stab each other in the back...! It has also become common to think that only men are capable of making good and real friendships. I think it is a personal choice - that is sexless - how people are as friends. There are those who will have a huge smile when with you and turn around to talk nonsense about you. Then there are those whom you know you can count on when no one else comes through. It's a personal choice. We all choose the type of people we want to be and the type of friends we are.
But hey let me remind you of the power of sisterhood. There is nothing like knowing a person understands you, that a friendship is safe and not threatened by misunderstandings and silliness. There is nothing like knowing there is someone out there who cares and who will be there regardless the stupendous requirement of the task. And certainly nothing like being big enough to go beyond 'I', when a she is in need. There is nothing like sisterhood. Sisterhood has empowered cities, changed worlds and in cases changed the course of history. Let's not let the foolishness of TV 'cat fights' and 'pillow fights' or 'Jerry Springer' plant the seeds of a thought that could not be further away from true. Let's not chase illusions. Let's look at the women around us - beyond the CHANEL bag, the Mac lipstick and the Louboutin shoes. Let's look beyond the penthouse, the car, and the network. Don't search for yourself in people you meet, we are all separate and different people. We are colourful. So let's not look for 'I likes' and 'I hates'. Let's stop creating labels and images of a friend and rather look for the person and find the beauty and goodness within each person.
Make friends with the nature of that person. Make friends with the nature of things and you will find yourself richer.
|Strawberry Wafers ready to mingle in the oven|
|Making Apple Wafers|
You might want to add to the fruit wafers in terms of flavour and texture, so you can sprinkle them with spices for instance. A classic example to that is apples and cinnamon. You might want to add sweetness and more caramel, like sprinkling green apple tops with icing sugar and letting the sugar react to the liquid in the apple and the heat, creating more caramel and more browning and therefore brittleness. As you see the options are endless.
|Brush fruits that are likely to blacken with acidulated water to reserve their colour|
Once the fruits, are sliced, brushed, flavoured if desired, you will have to line them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, and bake them in a 160F oven until they are crisp and lightly browned. I have also found that if you place the fruits on a cookie cooling wire rack (that is heat proof) and place them in the oven, the results are much better as they dry out faster. If you do not own one, don't worry, you can go for the first option, it will just take a little longer.
|Strawberry Fruit Wafers|
These wafers can be stored in an airtight container, in a dry, cool, and dark place for up to 2 weeks.
- These wafers can be used in Salads for presentation and fruity flavours.
- You can top a cheese disk (like camembert, or brie...) with these wafers and then drizzle with honey for an interesting cheese platter item or snack.
- You can use these wafers to garnish desserts, such as cakes, mousse cups, cheesecakes, and even cookies with the help of a little edible adhesive like piping gel or royal icing.
- You can stack them on a platter and serve them in the place of nuts when entertaining.
- You can make assorted sweet wafers, place them in small bags and send to school in the lunch box for a healthy snack...etc
I will be posting my best loved Caramel Apple cake with Apple wafers shortly to show you an excellent example for using these wafers as garnish. So make sure to drop by again and check it out ;) Meanwhile here are
links using fruit and vegetable wafers for you to check out:
- My favourite Pancakes with Kiwi Salsa and Strawberry Wafers
- Vegetable Wafers
- Foie Gras Bonbon on Beetroot Wafers
- Baked Cheesecake (I haven't used wafers in that recipe, but you can use wafers instead of fresh fruits any time)
- Kari's post further explaining sisterhood
|When making wafers some fruits produce cool designs on the baking paper, |
leave to dry and use these papers for scrap books or even as background for your photos :)
Last night as I hung out with the ladies, I learnt that Bev is sadly leaving Dubai, and embarking on a new phase in her life. We were talking about new journeys with all the excitement and anxieties attached. We were talking about friendships, reminiscing the old and anticipating the new. Driven by all the good people she met through the time spent in Dubai, we each described people who touched our lives, including those we never met but still had a huge influence on who we are. You see friendships are not conditional, and friendships can happen in a moment. It is only when we see beyond the surface and choose to accept the essence that we make friends - be it making friends with a person, or making friends with a situation or a past, or most importantly making friends with ourselves. I cannot tell you how powerful and profound the conversation was, but I can tell you how deeply appreciated these friendships are to me.
I wanted to share these thoughts here today, because they made me feel the love. I thought today, I want to use this post to thank all my good friends, and I have been blessed. I thought why not spread the love, and remind you to take a moment, to stop what you are doing for a second, and to appreciate "the good people we meet". While you are at it, it is never a bad idea, to let people know how much you appreciate them. Share the love....
Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry' is a song I love and a song that always reminds me of friendship and good friends, so I will conclude this post on this note ...
Lucy you are missed.
Love & peace to y'all...