Making a gluten-free blackberry plum tart was not what I originally had planned for my weekend, camping in the wilderness was, and you don’t make tarts in the wilderness, well at least not this gal. But at the end of Saturday, this is what I had created.
My husband and I had experienced a long work week and were looking forward to a few days away in the mountains of Idaho. We hooked up our trailer and were off to enjoy some peace and quiet, enjoy time around a campfire, and come back focused and refreshed for another week. We picked out our campsite and set off to enjoy a little time down by the river.
We watched as a beaver gathered sticks and paddled across the water, a mother duck keeping a close eye on her ducklings as they swam in a row, and a large osprey flew among the marsh. It was peaceful and pristine; just what we had hoped for, that is until we returned to camp. A notice was placed at our campsite that all campfires were restricted due to a fire ban. Half the fun of camping is time around the fire roasting marshmallows, and being mesmerized by the flames but the peace and quiet of the forest was still worth it. That is, until our camping neighbors arrived. A family with three young kids, two dogs, and a loud boom box moved in next door. Within moments the beautiful silence of the woods turned into chaos. I think we may have tried to put up with it for the weekend, but when the parents started yelling at their kids and dropping the “F” bomb in every sentence, it was time to go. My heart ached for the three kids, the oldest no older than eight, growing up in a home where the norm is profanity. We stayed the night and packed the trailer up early the next morning. We were back home in time to enjoy the tail-end of the farmers’ market where I bought some beautifully ripe plums and plump blackberries.
We called a few friends for a last-minute casual dinner party and enjoyed sweet time with old friends. I made a delicious fresh salad with blackberry-ginger dressing, Coconut Sticky Chicken (one of my favorite summer recipes), grilled summer veggies, sweet corn on the cob, and finished it off with a Gluten-free Blackberry Plum Tart and vanilla bean ice cream. So even though we planned a weekend away of solitude in the mountains, in the end, coming back home to enjoy great conversation and laughter with friends was the best medicine for us both.