Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Following on from courgettes, another gift that can easily overwhelm the unwary is the Bramley apple.
In my experience, Bramley growers can be just as devious and deliberately thick-skinned as their courgettey friends, as they breeze into your home, carrying a knobbly, heavy-looking carrier bag, and declaring "Just a few apples from my tree!" before dashing off again at a smart pace, leaving you to wonder how "a few" came to mean a skip-load.
And to feel a slight twinge of alarm at the prospect of all that peeling, coring, slicing and using ahead.
I have several books of apple recipes at the ready, to cope with the seasonal generosity of friends, their mothers, uncles or fellow-allotmenteers.
This one, with recipes from readers (named! described! photographed! - oh, we were carefree about our privacy settings back in 1981!) of The Home & Freezer Digest, has been well used.
Some pages bear witness to the puppy who discovered that she could reach the shelf where the cookery books were kept. The remaining pages, liberally plastered with mummified splodges of ingredients, may well be a health hazard.
But the recipes have stood the test of time.
This one is amazingly easy. And uses a lot of apples.
A few apples, anyone?
Posted by rachel at 18:29