How do we know that summer is here? Well, for most of us it’s the change in weather. Climate gets considerably warmer and possibly wetter. For me, a telltale sign of summer is when stone fruits become readily and widely available! The seasonal apricots, nectarines and peaches perfume the aisles of the fresh fruit section, and join the more regularly seen plums and prunes. The choices available and the parade of colours simply make shopping so much more enjoyable and uplifting. Time to make a fresh batch of apricot jam or Peach Melba! For me, one of the highlights of summer fruits is cherries, alas the season is usually quite short. They don’t exude the delightful aromas as the others, but a good Bing or Rainier is packed with so much flavour that makes them so gratifying to munch on. As much as cherries are good eaten as they are, they make an excellent choice for desserts which I’d been looking forward to whipping up, one of which is of course a signature cherry dish, Clafoutis aux Cerises.