Speaking of ripe...
Have you seen the cherries out there right now?
Deep, dark red
plumped up like a mouth begging to be kissed
Just in time for some of my favorite summer music...
It's 1975, Hollywood.
The Sunset Strip is pulsing heat,
and the very beginnings of the L.A. punk scene are starting to bud.
A skinny, badass girl guitar player has just moved to town, and is hanging at Rodney's.
She meets a flamboyant, wild-eyed producer, tells him she's looking for an all-girl band.
He keeps her number, and weeks later gives it to a teenage drummer he meets outside the Rainbow.
They begin as a trio with a bassist/singer, who gets fired. (But don't feel bad for her, she ends up in The Bangles.)
Soon snaring another guitarist, bass player, and a very captivating singer they fish out of a local club during a weekly "teen night", the world's first fierce all-girl power punk metal band is born.
With sold-out shows and headlining tours, and the fires of punk burning bright, their whirlwind was unstoppable until 1977, when they split with their producer Kim Fowley, lost singer Cherie Currie, and began polarizing within: half the band wanting to go more metal, the other gravitating toward punk and the remnants of glam. They officially called it a day in 1979.
Oh, and that skinny guitar player? None other than the "godmother of punk" herself, Joan Jett.
Beautiful, strong, talented, uncompromising.
Love Kathleen Hanna?
Joan set the bar and inspired the Riot Grrrl revolution.
An animal lover and 20-year vegetarian, she's also the lady who loudly protested Sea World, supports PETA, was named one of Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time, and, 21 years since she founded The Runaways, she's still being voted one of the hottest women in rock and roll.
So, in honor of one of the coolest chicks ever,
I've whipped up an offering,
and laid it out for you on a bed of my favorite faux leather dress...
Joanie, you can visit my kitchen anytime.
For the crumble:
- 1-1/2 C raw organic walnuts
- 1-1/2 C organic medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp Celtic salt
For the filling:
- 2 C organic medjool dates
- 3 C fresh or frozen organic red cherries
- 1/4 tsp organic ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
First, make the crumble. Process the walnuts and salt into a fine mixture. Not too fine, though. We want enough texture to give it some sass. Now add in the dates, one at a time, until it becomes crumbly and delectable.
Now make the filling. In a high speed blender, get one cup only of the cherries going with the cinnamon, dates, and lemon juice. Make it all gooey.
Toss in the remaining two cups of cherries.
Find two sexy glasses, and alternate cherries/crumble/cherries/crumble,
until those glasses overflow with lusciousness.
You're gonna have left over crumble I think, which is fantastic, because it's a gorgeous topping for coconut yogurt or granola, or even a shake elixir. You can easily double or triple this recipe for guests, but honestly, you're gonna devour this, so you may want to make extra just for you!
It makes an awesome dessert, yes, but I downed one for lunch, and another for a late-day nibble.
Come on tigers,
let's get out of here and make some noise.