All posts tagged: yoghurt

Baked Apples… A Little Throwback to my Childhood

My grandparents had apple trees in the garden, crocuses that would grow up below them in early spring, and a tortoise in a pen who lived there in summer.  At the bottom of the garden they had a vegetable garden filled with potatoes, beans, herbs, fruit, salad, cabbages and probably more and it was bordered by roses.  When I stayed with them I always helped to collect vegetables from the garden. Mint for mint sauce, raspberries for pudding, apples for baking and when I went home my grampy would cut a rose for me to take with me. I remember there being so many windfall apples, and apart from making apple sauce, my nanny would make baked apples… She used golden syrup and condensed milk back then and stuffed them with nuts and raisins… My recipe is a little bit different, but most definitely dedicated to her and inspired by those baked apples I enjoyed as a child! For more on storing and preserving apples and autumn produce visit Patrick Whitefield. And for more on …

In Praise of the Pear and Cinnamon Pears with Coconut Oats or Greek Yoghurt

I just read a tweet that really excited me! ‘The Glorious Pear’, by @nigelslater.  The Radio 4 Food Programme is all about the Pear today!  ‘How wonderful’ I thought, having just enjoyed a pear.  A really ripe juicy organic pear.  When they’re good they’re so good.  They’re not like apples, they can’t be enjoyed all year round.  They’re best fully ripe and in season, and if they’re not fully ripe and in season, they’re just not good.  Oh I love their subtle sweetness, their juicy flesh encased in that skin that sort of disintegrates… it sort of alludes to protection of the flesh but melts in the mouth… so soft, so kind is the pear! I do very little cooking with pears, I think they’re best enjoyed raw, fresh and juicy… but with a glut of pears I’m having to be creative, so I enjoyed a spiced porridge with pears the other morning, and here it is… Ingredients: 2 pears 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 handful oats 1 tbsp ground almonds 1 tbsp coconut cream …