The swan plant I ordered to replenish my monarch caterpillars’ food supply came yesterday, just in the nick of time. It has been planted,
Praise be for more food
and my remaining caterpillars are now busily chomping on their fresh greens. Hopefully, the caterpillars will have enough food to take them through their fifth instar and into their chrysalis stage. Most of them look big enough to be close to their final and complete metamorphosis.
Is this the 5th instar?
Whilst the caterpillars are nourishing their bodies in preparation for change, I thought we might do the same. Would you care to indulge?…..
in a taste of the last of summer in this delicious, spicy rhubarb cake
Spicy Rhubarb Cake
or, perhaps, in a little something that speaks of cooler mornings and the colder days to come; a gingerbread cake.
Joy of Baking; Gingerbread Cake
But, if you are wanting a lighter indulgence, may I suggest a serving of the apple, instead of the cake. Again there are two choices; Cherry Gala apples lightly cooked with a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of sugar and a handful of rose petals;
Apple, lemon and rose
Apple sauteed in butter and sugar
or Royal Gala and Eve apples , sautéed gently in a sliver of butter and a sprinkle of sugar.
Mmmmm…How was that? Delectable? Are you feeling suitably indulged and ever so glad that we are not limited to one food type like the monarch caterpillar; that we are able to experience so many taste sensations; that we have such variety in our menus.
Praise be to the butterflies and bees that make that possible.
At 12.51pm today we marked the third anniversary of the February 22nd earthquake. At the memorial service in the Botanic Gardens, the Mayor said “Let us unite as we did after the earthquakes. For those of us who have been able to move on, let us reach out to those who are still struggling. .. For those who cannot move on, please do not be afraid to ask for our help… We can get through this together.”
In caterpillar terms, ( because I have this essential life form so much on my mind 😉 ) most of us have made it through the first instar; some of us are almost ready to be butterflies; indeed, may already be flying freely. Some of us, such as myself, are still ambling along in the third instar. But there’s no rush. With nourishment and nurture, we will, eventually, be transformed.
( I think I will make a good butterfly, don’t you? 🙂 Better keep my feet clean, though. Butterflies taste through their ‘feet’! )