Monday, February 16, 2009

The Fox and the Grapes----an Aesop Fable

One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch.
"Just the thing to quench my thirst," quoth he.
Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success.
Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour."

Moral: It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

Picture from The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane

Grape Salad

2 lbs green seedless grapes
2 lbs red seedless grapes
8 ounces sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, to taste

Topping Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar, packed, to taste
1 cup crushed pecans, to taste

1) Wash and stem grapes.
2) Set aside.
3) Mix sour cream, cream cheese, white sugar and vanilla by hand until blended.
4) Stir grapes into mixture, and pour in large serving bowl.
5) For topping: Combine brown sugar, and crushed pecans.
6) Sprinkle over top of grapes to cover completely.
7) Chill overnight.

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