This lovely apricot-walnut loaf is from the Blue Rooster Bakery & Cafe in Cranbury.
I went to Cranbury to drop off a couple of items I’d bought at the Indian market for some friends who live there. Of course, I could not leave town without stopping into the bakery to see which of their fabulous breads were available.
I wavered between the baguette (theirs is perfection) and this one last loaf of apricot-walnut. It’s a lot for me to use up, so maybe I’ll take it into the office to share. So far I’ve had it with butter and a also with a very nice gift of Delice de Bourgogne cheese from Olsson’s in the Trenton Farmers Market I’d received. Heaven.
I left Cranbury with enough food to weather a blizzard thanks to this and my friend’s insistence on pressing food into my hands. They were having lunch when I arrived, so of course I had to try the lamb shoulder and quince stew she’d made (like me, they are Armenian, and she’s a food professional). Okay, I said, but just a bite, because I’d just had a late breakfast at home. It was delicious of course!
Take some home.
No, thanks, I have too much food at home already.
Or some leg of lamb I made, take some of that home instead!
No, no, really, I can’t open my fridge without food falling out, plus I have a leg of lamb in the freezer I should use soon.
Oh, I made chicken thighs with spinach, too, you must take some of that home.
“Just take it,” her husband hissed.
God bless him, he was right, there was no way I was going to get out of there without food in my hands.
I love chicken thighs, so sure, and thank you.
She immediately whipped out the cutest ceramic dish all ready to go, garnished with sesame seeds, covered with clear wrap and nestled in its own little basket. Surely this was intended for some sick or needy person that I was now depriving of this lovely sustinence.
Keep the dish! she said.
Boy, I so love my friends; like bread, they are my staff of life!