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Roasted Sweet Apples Recipe

Bowl of apples from our garden
Photo by JMorton

Roasted Sweet Apples Recipe

This recipe is ideal served with roast pork and roast turkey.  Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration.

You can cook the apples separately with the roast pork or turkey but it would be better and tastier cooked around the meat of preference.  They would then soak up juices as the apples cook.

Ingredients:

  • 6 sweet apples
  • 50 g butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method of Preparation:

  • Peel the apples, leaving them whole.  Remove the cores, easier using an apple corer.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice all over the apples, to prevent them browning even before they start cooking. 🙂
  • Insert a pat of butter into the middle of the apples, sprinkle with salt, cinnamon and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Put them around the roast 20 minutes before the meat is cooked.
  • Or put them on a baking sheet and cook separately on a preheated oven at 190ºC for 25 minutes.
  • Serve around the baked apples with the roasts.
  • Enjoy!

 

Bramley Apples

Bramley Apples, photo by PH Morton

Bramley Apples

Bramley apples are cooking apples.

Their tartness is ideal for making desserts such as apple pies, Eve’s pudding, strudel, etc.

They are also perfect for applesauce.

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Around April Bramley apples lose a bit of its tartness and can be eaten as a raw dessert apple.

These apples got its name from a butcher called Matthew Bramley.  Apparently one of the earliest sightings of this type of apples was from a tree growing in his garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

Our Home Harvest 2016

one-of-our-potted-tomato-plants

Our Home Harvest 2016

 

When we were both still gainfully employed,  😉 it was hard to maintain our fairly long back garden, where the lawn must be mowed, the bushes regularly trimmed, the pond life fed, the garden furniture repaired, etc., the list went on.  We, therefore,  paved over parts of it, but still kept some smaller flower& plant beds and a good size lawn.

A good idea in any size garden is to use plant pots or troughs to grow plants, flowers and vegetables.

Some of the larger pots are fitted with small wheels (like castors) on the base.

some-of-our-newly-picked-tomatoes
This means that we can easily move large plants, such as the tomato plants, to follow the sun as it moves, to maximise exposure to the light and heat.

This spring, and as in previous years, Jean & I decided to try and grow some tomato plants in three of our large pots.  Tomatoes are quite inexpensive and plentifully sold in shops and supermarket during the summer, but growing your own has its own reward.  You can be sure of the freshness and they seem to taste better 🙂

 

one-of-our-small-apple-trees

 

This year’s weather has been mixed in London & SE England.

A rarely frozen and wet winter was followed by rain alternating with hot sunny days in summer, extending well into September. This combination has resulted in a nice crop of tomatoes. some have ripened and hopefully the others will soon as well.

Our two potted small apple trees have produced their ripe fruit nearly a month early this year.

They are ‘Jonagold’ apples, which are sweet and a little bitter to taste but simply delicious.

We found that If you have two potted apple trees, keep them near each other in order to get at least one good crop, this helps cross fertilisation from the bees etc.

We find each year that one tree produces more apples than the other.

However, this year both tree have a lot of apples, thanks to the weather.

our-pear-treeWe have one potted Conference variety pear tree, near the end of the garden, and as with the apple trees we also need to get another one as this lonely tree only produces a pair of pears each year.

Our wild blackberry bush has also produce a bounty of berries this year too!

We wonder if this year’s winter will be cold and wet again. Snow has not fallen to settle on the ground here in nearly the last two years, much to our grandson’s disappointment who is wishing of building a snowman in the garden!

Autumn Apple Harvest

Autumn Apple Harvest

 

October is here and we have just collected the autumn apple harvest from our two small potted apple trees in our back garden/yard.

They are ‘Jonagold’ sweet and a little bitter to taste and  delicious.

Ideally you should have at least two potted apple trees near each other to allow cross fertilisation. We find each year that one tree produces more apples than the other.

One of our October 2015 harvest of apples

One of our October 2015 harvest of apples: photo PH Morton

 

One small pot  tree on its own will produce less or no apples in some years.

There are about 7.500 varieties of apples and  cooking apples are used to  make delicious apple pie.

The apple trees produce beautiful blossom in the summer

Ants drinking in abpple blossom after the rain

Apple Blossum on our trees with ants drinking rainwater after a shower : photo PH Morton

We normally get about 30+ apples from the trees each year, October in the UK is general harvest time for farmers and keen gardeners. The cold frosts of winter are nearing in November and December.

We give some apples to our good friend/neighbour Mick, who provides us with a  bounty of vegetables from his allotment throughout the year.

 

 

The Glory of Apples, Revealed!

Bowl of apples from our garden Photo by JMorton

Bowl of apples from our garden
Photo by JMorton

All About Apples

There is an old wives’ tale about having an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Is there some truth in this?

Well apparently it is true.

Eating an apple a day helps your digestion, especially if you suffer from constipation and piles (hemorrhoids) The soluble fibre helps prevent gut conditions such as bowel cancer.

Not only that but apples can lower your cholesterol level. It can also help prevent high blood pressure. This is because apples contain high level of anti-oxidants. It is also a good source of vitamin C.

Additional to that, it is good for your skin as well.  It clears blemishes.

When juicing apples, include their skin and pips, where a lot of nutrients are stored.

Eat an apple daily.

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The Glory of Apples, Revealed!

With an apple, I will astonish Paris.
-PAUL CEZANNE (1839-1906)

I believe that time destroys everything. You can take one beautiful apple, red. After a while, it becomes shrivelled and full of worms, just like what happens to us.
– Monica Bellucci

The apple has had a long history.

Although it was not indicated in the Bible, many Christians have come to believe that it was an apple that the snake tempted Eve and Adam to defy God with; curiously enough apples would have not been growing in the Middle East at that period.

It has also been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Isaac Newton discovered gravity through a falling apple.

The great Carl Sagan had this to say:

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
-Carl Sagan

Bobbing apples is a great Halloween game, but did you know that it is a British superstition that the bigger the apple you bob, the greater the fortune that will befall on you

Did you know?

Most archaeologists do not believe that the forbidden fruit that Eve tempted Adam with was an apple.  Apparently apples did not grow anywhere in the Middle East when the book of Genesis was being written.

And the Bible itself was not specific that it was indeed an apple.

Apples comes in all sorts of varieties and they are equally good as long as used for what there are meant to be. There are cooking apples, there are cooking apples for pies and even for cider/wine making.

36 million tonnes apples are harvested worldwide.

Superstitions:

bobbing for applesThere is an English superstition regarding this game.  When bobbing for apples, the bigger the apple you get, the greater the fortune that is going to befall you. 😉

Dreaming about apples?
Apparently if the apple is sweet, romance is in the air. If it is sour, you are right up Disappointmentville.  Ouch!

 

Bramley Apples

 

apples

Bramley Apples Photo by PH Morton

 

The tartness and fluffiness of bramley apple make it ideal in pies and puddings such as Eve’s Pudding, our favourite, and of course apple pie, another firm favourite.

 

Apple-Pie Alphabet

A was an apple-pie;
B bit it;
C cut it;
D dealt it;
E eat it;
F fought for it;
G got it;
H had it;
J joined it;
K kept it;
L longed for it;
M mourned for it;
N nodded at it;
O opened it;
P peeped in it;
Q quartered it;
R ran for it;
S stole it;
T took it;
V viewed it;
W wanted it;
X, Y, and Z all wished a piece of it.