Time for Grunt

Ahh, food. If there is any good side to being a fat guy, it is the ability to enjoy good food without worrying about what it will do to your health or figure. Those times do come, but generally a long time after a meal, like the next day when getting dressed for work. So any feelings of guilt or remorse are sufficiently removed from the time of eating that it doesn't interfere with the enjoyment of it.

Today I made a couple of batches of a simple but tasty desert called Grunt. Grunt is a dessert, supposedly from New England. Though I never encountered or even heard of it during my three years in Maine. I discovered it at an unlikely place, a podcasting panel at DragonCon where the Firefly fan podcast, The Signal, presented it as a possible recipe for the Firefly Verse.

It is very simple to make, just boil some type of fruit with some sugar and spices, dump balls of biscuit dough (bisquick will do, but better if you make your own) into it and let it simmer for awhile. The name Grunt comes from the fact that the dough makes strange sounds sometimes as it rises and cooks in the fruit syrup, though it has never sounded much like a grunt to me. It seems that blueberries are the most commonly used fruit for making Grunt, but just about any fruit could be used. I've used blueberries, strawberries, sour cherries, and peaches for it and they've all turned out well. It is good served fresh and warm with a bit of whipped cream or ice cream, but I find I like it best cold the next day after it has set in the fridge overnight.

After a lunch of warm Grunt, I decided to hit the Mediterranean Market for supper. The market is a little store and cafe just north of 75th and Metcalf in Overland Park, KS. It is family owned and operated, and the folks there are always very friendly. The food is great, love their Gyros (made with a blend of lamb and beef), and several other selections. The only caveat is that they can be a bit slow. This is not a criticism, as the food is made fresh and they almost seem offended if you are ordering food to go, as obviously you should slow down and enjoy your meal.

I hadn't been to the market in some time, as changes in jobs and driving habits had taken it off my normal route, but I ended up passing by it last week and had to stop in and I'm glad I did. Life really is too short to waste time eating bad food.