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That was exactly how the tree felt.

You may remember that I have a slightly adversarial relationship with fruit trees.  This hasn’t changed.  But I was content to just let this relationship be what it was.  I may not be best of friends with fruit trees but I wasn’t going to go out of my way to antagonize them.  The trees apparently don’t feel the same way.

The other day, I came home from work and was taking care of some stuff around the yard in preparation for trash day when I realized that one of the green date trees had decided it would be a good idea to load up only one of its branches with fruit.  Just one.  Completely covered in fruit.  So obviously, the branch snapped and broke off.

Now I have a dead branch covered in almost ripe dates on the floor.

I thought about just throwing everything away as I’m not the hugest fan of green dates or the tree, but I knew my mother would be greatly displeased with such a decision.  She highly values her date trees.  So I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to pick every single date off the branch and then get rid of the branch.

Now, the thing about the date trees is that they’re covered in thorns.  I’ve been stabbed by them before.  I try and learn from my mistakes.  So this time, I went and donned a pair of leather work gloves before bothering the branch.

The tree was not having any of it.  It stabbed me anyway.  Through the leather of my gloves.  Into my thumb.  And then broke tip of the thorn off in my thumb so deep that I haven’t been able to get it out with a needle.  I’m not squeamish about digging around in my flesh with a needle either.  I have a hole in my thumb now from picking at the area around the thorn with a needle.  But you can just barely see the tip of the thorn.  I definitely don’t have enough of it to grab with tweezers.  Jerk tree.

Looking around online for splinter cures, it looks like maybe an Epsom salt compress might help coax the thorn out far enough so I can grab it.  Yay.

I’ve been playing in the kitchen a lot more.  Have you noticed?

I like pies a lot.  I really like pie for breakfast.  Pie and coffee go really well together.  Normally, this means some kind of fruit pie, but how about a savory pie for breakfast?  It still goes really well with coffee.

Awhile back, I came across this recipe for a ham and egg pie.  A brief gander at the ingredient list told me that this pie could taste really good.  A brief viewing of the demonstration further solidified that belief.  So I decided to try it out for myself over the weekend.  I had a friend coming over for brunchfast and I already had pot pie tins and mini sheets of puff pastry on hand.

And here was my result.

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Notes:

  • So with the ingredient list, I could already tell that this recipe had the potential to be delicious.  And it is.  More than what I had imagined.  It was REALLY good.
  • Like I said, I modified the recipe to make individual servings instead of a whole pie.  I used a slice of ham on the bottom, eyeballed the amount of green onions, cheese, and salt and pepper, cracked an egg on top, and then layered another slice of ham on top.  I made four of them and it still takes 30min in a 400degF oven.
  • I made some with and without the red pepper flakes.  I think I actually prefer it without the red pepper flakes and have Tabasco on the side (either the original or chipotle).
  • I think some sharp cheddar in place of the parm would also taste really good.
  • While the individual serving sizes were a lot of fun and nice to serve up, it would probably be more efficient to make a normal pie for larger groups.
  • I tried the pie both hot out of the oven and after it had cooled to room temperature.  I think it tastes best hot out of the oven.