Friday, 5 October 2012

Apples: worth the hunt.

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About 2 weeks ago, one of my lovely sisters and our boyfriends went apple picking (or apple-hunting depending on your point of view) on the south shore to mark my birthday. It was lots of fun despite, or maybe because of,  the rickety ladders and elusive apples. It was a nice change of pace, nobody fell, and at 4$ a head, including the apples, it was a pretty nice, cheap, somewhat physical activity.  

Photo by Carolyn Callender
At the end of the day, we were loaded with apples. I mean loaded, like fill a pillowcase with apples and that's my household's half of it. Now, apples are nutritious and a great local offering, but, there's only so many apples that a person can eat so I've been making some easy recipes with that lovely fruit. Not only are these yummy and in keeping with my nutrition goals, but with Thanksgiving around the corner, they'll make a great offering at the holiday meal.

The first recipe we made is Apple Vinny.

This is kind of like apple crisp's even simpler, even quicker cousin.

Here's how you make it.
  • Wash and cut up enough apples to fill your pan. Cut them into quarters or eighths.
  • Throw them into a saucepan and cook them with a little bit of cinnamon and ginger, sugar to taste, and about a quarter of a cup of orange juice.
  • Heat this in a saucepan over medium heat for about 10 minutes  or until they are soft. Don't let it get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Grease your pie pan and fill it with the cooked apples.
  • Grab a few slices of bread and cut it into half inch strips, then coat both sides of with melted butter, melted margarine, or olive oil. 
  • Place the strips on top of the apples in a pretty pattern and sprinkle them with sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Place this beautiful dessert in the oven for a few minutes to brown the top.
Voila! Yumminess!
Photo by fotografeleen
Another go-to is apple-crisp. I've posted a variety of fruit-crisp here before and really, the possibilities are endless.  This recipe is very simple and delicious. Some other sweet apple treats include apple sauce and apple smoothies, both tasty and healthy. 

If you find yourself with a bunch of apples for some reason and you're not feeling the urge to bake or eat apples at the moment, you can also store them for later yummy times. 



While you're thinking of sustenance, you might also like these tips for making this healthy food cheaply and quickly or these other recipes and food posts.  Have you got a favourite recipe? Or a favourite place to go hunt apples? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear it. And- if you like what you read, don't forget to share, subscribe, or follow me on Pinterest.

Eat well, Charlotte

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