1 ~ October Roses
There are still roses to be picked. In fact there are more roses in October than there were throughout summer.
2 ~ Katies' Baked Apples (no photo, sorry).
I asked Katie to make baked apples for pudding last week. She loves using the apple corer but she took ages to core them and shrieked when the cores shot across the kitchen, and I kept thinking 'I could have had them finished and in the oven by now'. They were delicious though. Here's how she made them (without all the messing around);
Core one Bramley apple per person. Score it horizontally around the middle to stop it bursting.
Place in an oven-proof dish.
Fill the cavity of each apple with a mixture of raisins, sultanas and flaked almonds.
Drizzle a tablespoon of golden syrup over each apple allowing most of it the go into the fruit-filled middle.
Put a lump of butter ( a heaped teaspoon size) on top of each apple.
Pour a little water into the dish -to a depth of about half a centimetre.
Bake for 40 minutes at 180°c (160°c fan oven) until the apples are soft and collapsing.
Enjoy hot or cold, with or without cream.
Fillings can be varied -use brown sugar mixed with the fruit instead of syrup, use honey, maple syrup or a fruit jelly (quince jelly springs to mind) instead of golden syrup, use other dried fruit, other nuts, no nuts, chunks of marzipan, mincemeat, add calvados, brandy, rum....you get the idea.
3 ~ Autumn Fool (second picture)
I cooked blackberries, quince and apples together with a very little water until soft. I rubbed everything through a sieve, added sugar. I folded the purée into whipped cream.
4 ~ Apple Pie Spice
I made a jar of this substituting the ground cardamom for ground cloves. I had no cardamom and I love cloves with apples. Next time Katie makes baked apples I shall suggest she adds a pinch to each apple.
5 ~ Job Seeking
George has applied for a job as a maintenance assistant at the cathedral 'working at height'. Sounds interesting and alarming. But if past experience is anything to go by his CV will be unacknowledged. He wishes now that he'd taken up his university place.
6 ~ Geology
This man is giving a talk to Tom's A level geology class today. I think meeting an enthusiastic expert can make all the difference to how a young person sees their future career.
7 ~ Knitting
I've downloaded this pattern and ordered some grey Malabrigo Worsted and I am itching to get started even though it means working from a chart and blocking with wires neither of which I have done before.
8 ~ Quinces
There are still lots on the tree. I continue to pick and use a few here and there but there's no way I can use all of them, and to be honest I'm all quinced out.