A sky of mostly gray clouds masking light blue peeking through was the Monday backdrop for a weekend of storms that were mostly disappointing.
We had a birthday coupon for Anthony's At Point Defiance. It turned out we were too early for the full $20 off, so we made do with $10 off. We ordered an appetizer of clam strips, which are always excellent and both Peg and I ordered fried oysters for our early dinner. Peg ate too many clams and so she gave me two of her oysters. I'm glad I received them. With a little lemon and tartar sauce I was on top of the world in the nearly empty restaurant. To live in the Pacific Northwest and not enjoy oysters is like living in Scotland and hating bagpipes.
There was a constant rainbow between Pt. Defiance and Vashon Island. And I'm not just talking about the bar at Anthony's.
When we first walked in the restaurant we had seen a sign proclaiming huckleberries as the dessert of choice for October. We decided to try the Huckleberry Slump, but when push came to shoveling the luscious little gems into our mouths we just couldn't even put forth the effort to order one to share. We decided that our next weekend trip we would have a slump for lunch before we set out for a short vacation.
A slump is . . . well . . . It's hard to say. Buckles, Grunts, Cobblers, Crisps and Slumps are all rustic forms of easy to make fruit or berry pies. They generally have a crumble or dumpling crust on top. Some are cooked on the stove top and some are baked in ovens. A slump usually has a hard crust that you break with your spoon so the hot berries and juices come bubbling up to melt any ice cream you have on top. I've never met a pie I didn't like.
Huckleberries are small berries, which resemble blueberries and range for dark blue or black to red. They have a range of sweet to tart. For me, the tarter, the better. The name huckleberry comes from the English hurtleberry. Huckleberries grow in mild clients from Washington and Oregon to Nova Scotia. The huckleberries at Anthony's are wild-picked on Mt. Adams. The huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho.
We had a very nice birthday lunch of clams and oysters as well as the promise of huckleberries to come. Throw in a rainbow and you have a perfect afternoon in Tacoma.