Apple anticipation

This week I’ve got quite a bit of driving do, which will give me plenty time for planning and plotting. I have lots of projects in mind for the autumn and winter. However, the big source of anticipation today is the prospect of apples arriving from Perkin at High Bank.

Some of last year's harvest - raw and processed

This was the scene two years ago… with a guest appearance by a Boston Squash.

Mr Snail-of-happiness is, as I write, picking apples over in Herefordshire and will be bringing some back later on today. After last year’s relatively poor harvest, I’m quite excited about having a good crop this year to make use of. I will certainly be stewing some and freezing them in blocks just the right size for a pie or crumble, but unsweetened so that they can be used as an ingredient later. In addition, I will be bottling some in the form of apple puree ; this has to be sweetened otherwise it doesn’t store well. I eat it with homemade yogurt and muesli almost every day for my breakfast when I have it. I am hoping for ripe chillies soon, so that I can make apple-chilli jelly and apple and chilli jam. In addition, we will be enjoying apple cake, Eve’s pudding, pork with apple and many more dishes made with fresh apples.

I love cookery books, so I should have lots of inspiration for using this abundance. Browsing the internet for recipes is just not the same as settling down with a mug of tea and a pile of cookery books old and new. Perhaps my favourite when it comes to apples is A Harvest of Apples by Ruth Ward. This book not only has recipes, but history and folklore too, so it makes for a great read. Like many of my preferred cookery books it is not full of glossy pictures,  which I know will show end-products that I can never achieve because I don’t have a food stylist on hand to tart up my cooking, but instead has well-written recipes that actually work. Whilst we are on the subject of cookery books, I love those of Jane Grigson too – her Vegetables book is a brilliant read and there is not a food photograph in sight!

So, whilst I am at home this week, I think that my focus is going to be on apples… it may turn out to be quite a sticky week!

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  1. What’s a little stickyness when you’re having a good time. You reminded me that when w were young ( no it wasn’t Victoria on the throne) my mother used to make apple pudding and my brother loved butter and sugar with it. That seemed to be a pretty traditional accompaniment but I’ve not heard of it elsewhere. The butter and sugar would be mixed together in a bowl quite simply and I quite enjoyed it- promise not to hit me though, I never could stand cooked apples.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • I have a wonderful recipe for chocolate apple pie… now would that induce you to eat cooked apples, I wonder? I will be trying to track down the butter and sugar condiment in my books… perhaps Jane Grigson has something to say about it in her fruit book…

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