When we moved into our current home two years ago I immediately took note of a curious looking ranch style home on our block. It had a tin roof and fruit trees and native wild flowers in the front yard, but I never saw anyone entering or leaving. My runaway imagination decided that our neighbor was a reclusive middle-aged hoarder. He suffered an immense amount of pain, heartache and rejection in his twenties which lead to a life of isolation and he keeps himself surrounded with nicknacks because it makes him feel safe.
This week I learned that reality was much more exciting than my imaginary world. The resident of the tin-roofed ranch, Bob, invited us to pick cherries from the huge cherry tree in his front yard and told my husband and I stories of his travels as a volunteer bone marrow courier. He speaks Italian, French and Spanish and when he isn’t traveling the country and the globe he’s hosting out-of-town guests in his extra bedroom. So, he’s not reclusive or a hoarder. He’s just busy.
Since I’m not a baker we’re busy eating six quarts of cherries for every meal and snacks. Other favorite food stories of the week:
Scottish nine-year-old Martha is photographing and blogging her daily school lunches at NeverSeconds. After only eight posts the blog has gone viral and even attracted the attention of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
Chef and restauranteur Mario Batali took the food stamp challenge this week, feeding his family of four on $31.
In Kansas City food news, Lindsay Larricks, creator of the “Fresher than Fresh” snowcone trailer, opened her first storefront, Little Freshie, on the Westside.