For breakfast this morning we made Cauldron Cakes from our Harry Potter Cookbook. They turned out phenomenal. Mama and Papa Burke are possibly more obsessed with Harry Potter than I am. Because of that obsession, PB was determined to make crumpets for us today. I'd never tasted (or seen) a crumpet before, but they are kind of like sweet, less crusty English muffins. Actually quite delicious. We ate them with butter, strawberries, orange marmalade, and for some, kiwi. I would love to try them with tea, but I'm not a big hot tea drinker. Oh well. Made me feel a slight connection to my wizarding friends at Hogwarts. Here is a picture of the actual crumpets I devoured.
The actual grape vine I swiped
my sour grape from
Where we are staying in upstate New York (which is quite close to the Pennsylvania border) there are dozens of vineyards and grapes are growing everywhere! We helped out an older couple today with their yard work and they asked us to chop down the wild grapes growing everywhere. Since they are edible I decided to pop a grape into my mouth while serving in the sunshine and rain. It was about as sour as any grape I'd ever eaten in my life. This got me thinking about why we use the phrase "sour grape" in the English language.
Wikipedia says, "The phrase sour grapes is an expression originating from "The Fox and the Grapes," one of Aesop's Fables. It refers to pretending not to care for something one does not or cannot have." and wanting to learn more about this I looked up Aesop's Fable which says, "