In My Kitchen: October 2013
We just returned home from a week in France. Peder returned with armloads of cheese. I returned home with jars of mustard and a food mill. I finally found a food mill that didn’t cost a fortune. A lot of shops in Dijon and Beaune had food mills but I wasn’t prepared to pay €60 for one. Yes, it was lovely and sleek and would last several generations of use, but truth be known, neither of my daughter-in-laws enjoy cooking, and I doubt they’d know what a food mill was or what to do with it. So I bought a cheap plastic model from a French supermarket that was reduced in price. It was a steal at €6.50
Our apple trees produced a bumper crop this year. Last year we had nothing on the trees but this year – WOW! I’ve made applesauce for three days, and today I had to go out and buy more containers so I could freeze some more of it. A lot goes into jars and heat-sealed, but I also freeze some, and it freezes and thaws very well.
Our apples are organic, no sprays at all, so they can look a bit bumpy and odd shaped, but they are delicious and juicy, and well, fun to look at. Most of the kids in the neighbourhood think they “look weird” and ask if they also “taste weird”.
So I set about making lots and lots of applesauce. 25 kilos of apples in three days, and after using the food mill, that small amount in the sieve was all that was left. I just LOVE my food mill. (p.s. I did however core and cube the apples before cooking. I didn’t peel them though.)
Applesauce with small chunks of apple in it. Not too smooth for us.
And that is what’s in my kitchen this month. To join in the fun, just pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for details and read the other posts for the month.