Monday, 31 August 2015

Our Bumper Crop

When we built our home ten years ago we knew our back yard would be a wooded area but we didn't know that 2 different wild apple trees were growing right at the fence line. In fact one of them, the russet apple, has never produced fruit. Until this year.

In May I woke one morning to this glorious sight.

It was breathtaking. I've never seen such delicate pure white blooms cascading from this humble, misshapen tree. I knew it was going to be a splendid year.
And it was.

The small reddish green apples ripened month by month and in mid August, right before our holidays, they were ready to be picked. My husband climbed up and reached as many as he could. Baskets and baskets full. 8 hours later, I had filled 50 jars of applesauce.

It's the most delicious apple sauce I've ever held in my mouth. With just a sprinkling of cinnamon, the natural slightly tartness of those wild apples is beyond wonderful.

I feel so humbled to have this bounty gifted to us this year. So very, very grateful.

The remaining apples- even brighter and higher than we'll ever climb- are reminders to never give up on old apple trees- or old anything.

The best may be still to come.

A few more apples I could barely reach, the last of the tomatoes. 
Thank you, summer.

Heaven in Your Mouth.

The juicy sweet softness of a fresh peach near the end of summer is deliciously sensual.  What happens when you add some blueberries, and crumbly walnuts and shredded coconut on top with a dash of maple syrup and bake until bubbly?  It's heaven in your mouth.

Here's a simple recipe that is one of the best crisps I've ever eaten- vegan or not. Taken from an awesome blog- 'The Detoxinista'.  You must try. Really.
Link for this recipe is included below.

Not easy to find organic peaches but my On the Move Organics home delivery service knew where to find them. They were so good, I've ordered 4 more boxes this week!

And I even had some peaches left over for the freezer. Bonus!

Note: This weekend I happened to see a wild russet apple tree on my bike ride, so I loaded up as many as I could reach and made another crisp!

My hat became my basket!

Russets are a very firm apple so I had to cook them down to soften. Even so, this crisp was firmer than the usual kind.

Making the topping. 

This one didn't make it to the freezer!

Link to the recipe: