Autumn Apple Picking
The annual tradition of apple picking in Kent at my granny’s house is one of my favourite days of the year, and a moment that I really missed whilst living down under. Somehow, despite being in October/November, we are always blessed with a beautiful day (see 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 apple picking days!). It’s a perfect day to welcome in Autumn, with catch ups with the family that take part with us every year, endless cups of tea, an amazing spread of food from my granny, and homemade plum crumble. It was even mild enough to eat lunch outside, wrapped up in jumpers with our faces in the sun.
We’ve all done the process so many times, we are like a well-oiled machine. From picking the apples, driving them back to the house in the trailer, chopping by hand, grinding, squeezing and taking the pulp to the compost. Just when you think you can’t possibly chop one more apple, the trailer is almost empty. We drive back to London with a few huge barrels of apple juice which will be cider in a few weeks’ time!
I am also left with a big bag of apples to cook with at home! Expect some apple-related recipes up here very soon. I’ve been enjoying cooking my morning oats with cinnamon and raisins, topped with grated apple.
I can’t believe how chilly it’s got this week, but the sunny mornings are making me really happy. Don’t you love the quote from John Howard Bryant – “Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” So true.