Apple Sunday

We live in Glemsford – a typical little village in Suffolk, not far from Long Melford and Sudbury, very close to the Essex Border.

We moved here nearly a year ago and it’s a beautiful patch of earth surrounded by green stuff šŸ˜‰ …

Me and my Husband would have been quite happy living in Victorian times… and if we could then we would like nothing more than having a little farm in the middle of nowhere with a cow and some chickens, growing our own food and living a fairly simple life …
We lived in Ipswich together for 6Ā  1/2 years in a 2 bedroom newbuilt flat. It suited our needs perfectly at the time but it was not really how we wanted to raise our family… Craig works in Glemsford so he had to drive at least 2 hours a day to get to and from work, the kitchen was tiny and although there were parks and plenty of green spaces around us – we longed for a little garden for the kids to play in …
And so when Sameth came along last year and cabin fever set in due to severe lack of breathing space we got very lucky and found an ideal little family Bungalow in Glemsford.

As mentioned before we have been living here for nearly a year and now and it was the best thing we could have done. I can not emphasize enough how much I love living in the country side !!!
Of course, like everything else, it has it’s drawbacks – especially for me since I am too chicken to drive the car even though I am perfectly able to … but nevermind that …
There are so many little things, like being able to hang the washing out, having fresh herbs to cook with whenever I want, being able to let the kids blow off steam in the garden and of course the ability to go out the door and walk over a field to take in the view or scramble through a little wood and just take a break …
We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while picking daddy up from work, foraging for blackberries and growing things while getting wet and dirty in the garden…

And now Autumn is well and truly on the way and signs of the change of the seasons can be seen everywhere … It’s my most favourite time of the year – going for walks in the beautiful autumn air, all the colours and smells, hot pots and stews and soups, blankets and cozy jumpers, bonfires, baking and fluffy socks …

A few times now we have driven past a patch of apple trees by a turn off on the way from Glemsford to Sudbury… Several trees absolutely covered and heavy with apples…
Well this morning we woke up with no particular plans for the day and decided to go check out if those apples were any good …

Suited and booted in our sunday bests … not … we set of with a big flexi tub … well what can I say … we like to think big šŸ˜‰

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Winry absolutely loved it – there were several branches low enough so winry could have a go at picking some …

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My husband is brilliantly ambitious and not easily deterred so he didn’t loose much time and made for the taller hanging fruit …

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We were there for about an hour … maybe a little longer and filled the whole tub … the apples were fairly small and quite tart but had lovely flavour … so much so that Sameth munched about 1 1/2 of them while watching the goings on … It’s a hard life being 13 months old you know šŸ˜‰

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We set off home again, had some lunch and got the kids down for their nap …

Then my fun began …

Let’s just say – myself, the kitchen and several muslins and teatowels smelled of apple before very long …

I ended up making a whole pot of stewed spiced apples with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, muskovado sugar and lemon juice – enough for 6 delicious something or others …

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We turned one portion into a German style spiced apple bread and butter pudding to have for dinner…

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Another 5 portions were frozen and can be turned into pie or strudel or crumble whenever we fancy it šŸ™‚
The rest of the apples were turned into apple juice and then simmered and reduced into caramelised thick apple syrup, which was portioned into 6 little cups also to be frozen for later …

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If you have never made this before it’s definitely worth a try and ridiculously simple … just simmer and reduce apple juice and the natural sugars within the juice turn the liquid into a caramel like sauce/syrup … you can drizzle it over ice cream or pancakes or even use it in cocktails…

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(I like to make yorkshire puddings and then serve them with ice cream and this apple caramel sauce to make a fabulous failsafe desert šŸ™‚ )

Once It was all finished it didn’t look like a lot of “product” considering the amount of apples I started with and the effort involved … But dinner was delicious and this really fun day will provide us with 11 more tasty treats basically for free …

And we all had a lovely, fun, autumnal family Sunday … without a penny spent … and that makes me very happy šŸ™‚

Until next time …

Ta da

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