One of the nice things about this time of year are the memories of this season’s food consumed as a child. A special favorite of mine, Lifesaver Books, is difficult to find now however I was able to procure some of the same type of hard candy my MaMaw always had at the holidays. There were other ‘delicacies’ like my Mother’s homemade peanut butter fudge and MaMaw’s chocolate-peanut butter balls. At my Granny’s there were fried apple pies and pumpkin pies. And no discussion of sweets for this time of year would be complete without that fabulous peppermint, red-and-white striped treat, the candy cane.
But not all of the great food at Christmas involved sweets. For some it meant nuts – walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, and filberts. Thus the traditional nutcracker figures became synonymous with Christmas especially after Tchaikovsky’s now famous ballet. And, before the trees became so endangered and rare due to blight, the chestnut ‘roasting on an open fire’ of Mel Tormé and Bob Wells’ song most wondrously recorded by Nat King Cole. For many of us though the real treasure at Christmas was fresh fruit – oranges, tangerines, and apples.
Today’s sketch a day is of a trio of tangerines just in time for the holidays.