Mel Brooks had a routine where he interviewed “The 2000 Year Old Man.” When he’s asked about the world’s greatest inventions he says something like “The nectarine. Half a peach, half a plum, a helluva fruit.” Well, it turns out a nectarine is only a fuzzless peach but The Pluot is certainly in line for great inventions of the horticultural type–half a plum, half an apricot. I bought some this week and they were wonderfully sweet with just a trace of a bitter note in the skin. I especially liked the dark red ones and will hopefully find them again this week–pluot tart anyone?
This is a picture of an ear of corn in its infancy. It will grow up to be royalty, christened either Silver King or Silver Queen. And I will lust after it, but for some reason, I won’t buy it. I love corn on the cob, it’s in season, why not indulge. I realized today that’s it’s because I hate shucking it, trying to get all the silk off it and then waiting for the water to boil. Well, today I discovered the miracle of corn on the cob cooked in the microwave. Wrap the ear in damp paper towel, zap for 2 minutes (turning once) and then let sit for 5. The husk and silk pull off with no effort and you’re left with a beautiful perfectly cooked ear of corn. Add a little butter and salt (I admit I just rubbed the corn with the end of a stick of salted butter still in the wrapper) and eat. Because it’s not watered down by boiling in the pot, and it cooks inside its own corn-flavored wrapper, the flavor is intense–sweet, clean and creamy. Luckily for me my husband doesn’t really like corn on the cob, so I’ll be having the second ear a little later. And I doubt I’ll ever boil corn again.