Foto Vrijdag 2.43 Apples and Pears

Fruit
I’ve had fruit on the brain recently. More in a baked form than fresh, though. The autumn weather — and my increased consumption of coffee — makes me start craving baked good. Rather than going full-out chocolate gorging, I’ve decided to at least try to add some fruit into my baked goods. These two apples — two of only three that appeared on our apple tree this year — were turned into apple crumbles this week. Today, I plan on buying more apples from Albert Heijn (it’s their food magazine sitting beneath the apples), so I can make some apple muffins for my morning breakfast.

As for the photo, I used the Instagram app to take this photo. I still haven’t replaced my camera batteries that died on Sunday. I like the mix of real and fake in the photo itself, and the soft, muted tones supplied by the app give it a bit of a Victorian, antique feel. Cozy. Gezellig even!

How ‘Bout Dem Apples


What do you do when life gives you apples?

Make apple pie (the quick and easy way)!

The apple tart I made earlier in the week was so tasty, I figured I’d do it again, but without the sugar-burnt edges. This time, I also remembered to sample the apple before it was tossed with sugar and spice and baked and it really was quite delicious! Merian was telling us that the tree only produced fruit one year in the seven years they lived here. We didn’t get any apples last year, but this year we’ve got quite the harvest. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait another seven years for another good season! Anyone have any tips on how to care for a potted apple tree to ensure a bountiful harvest next year?

Rants and Raves


That, my friends, is a picture of Orlando sitting atop one of the apples growing on the apple tree on our back terrace. The picture was taken a couple of months ago, but the apples are finally ripe and ready to eat. In fact, one is baking right now in the form of a simple puff pastry apple tart. I grew up with my own orange tree, but this is the first time I’ve had my own apple tree! If this tart goes well, I’ll have to try my hand at making the traditional Dutch appel taart. The crust of those is to die for!

So that’s the rave part of the title. Now the rant. Albert Heijn, the grocery chain we usually go to, doesn’t seem to be stocking cumin powder anymore, just the cumin seeds. I use the powder so often that I’d prefer to have the powder already made and not have to grind my own. Today, Lizzy kindly suggested I check the Conimex brand, since they make their own cumin powder, just with an Indonesian name. I think Merian was even suggesting Conimex might have a chili powder, too. Unfortunately, when I went to AH today, not only did they still not have their usual brand of cumin powder, they now no longer seem to stock any of the Conimex products other than the kroepoek. (Thank heavens they at least still have those lovely little addictive morsels!) Tomorrow, I’ll either head over to the tokos (Chinese shops) over by Hoog Catharijne, or I’ll see if Plus (the not quite so nice supermarket) or Super de Boers (the slightly more expensive super market) at least carry cumin powder. I’ve heard that AH seems to like to get rid of the products that are most enjoyed; it’s seeming more and more to be true. 😉

Now excuse me while I go take the apple tarts out of the oven!