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Food Friday: Double Issue, Part 2 
18th-Jan-2008 05:16 pm
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I get really sick of fruit in the winter. I'm such a berry fan that I am never happy with the usual round of oranges, apples, and bananas that are reasonably priced in winter.

One way to make apples more appealing to me after 3 months of winter is to bake them.

Baked Apples

Ingredients
Apples, Granny Smith work really well, I used Fuji.
1 Tablespoon of brown or white sugar per apple
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon per apple
Nuts or Raisins to taste.

Method



1. Assemble the ingredients.


2. Core the apples, but don't cut through the bottom. Depending on how many nuts/raisins you're including, make the 'well' in the apple bigger.


3. Pour in sugar, raisins/nuts, and cinnamon into the well.


4. Place into a baking pan and score around the outside to prevent bursting.


5. Bake at 200C for an hour. Enjoy.


Cooked fruit: yea or nay?
comments 
18th-Jan-2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Eating apples rather than Bramleys?
18th-Jan-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
bramleys need a bit of extra sweetening - eating apples, preferably a sharp tasting variety, work best without sugar.
18th-Jan-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
mmm that looks tasty.

and yes, oranges, bananas & apples are boring me too. grapefruit is starting to come up from California right now, and some very expensive berries are coming all the way up from Chile.

I'd kill for some fresh local blueberries right now, though I really can't see paying us$5/lb :(
18th-Jan-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of dried fruit - and whatever fresh I can get at good prices in the winter, but I too get a bit tired of apples and oranges.

Baked bananas are nice - slice, lay in a dish, dab with butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, little bit of ground ginger and add some orange juice. Serve with brown bread to soak up the juices. Add some rum if you like :-)

18th-Jan-2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Is it just me that sees your icon of a fig and reads it as a representative vulva icon? Probably.
18th-Jan-2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I love cooked fruit! My favourite is in a crumble. Apple and strawberry works well, but obviously the point of this post was lack of berries! Rhubarb I love too. Of course, hot crumble must be accompanied by ice cream!
18th-Jan-2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I try so hard to eat local even in the winters, but right now I really am getting tired of apples, pears and parsnips. I have tried to entertain my tastebuds lately by trying different varieties of apples I usually pass over--my current favorites are Winesaps.

I broke down and added some clementines to my organic bin delivery this week, they're only coming up the west coast from California, so are easier to justify than the tasty looking melons from Brazil.
18th-Jan-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
That looks tasty.

I went to the VM today and all they had was bananas, oranges, and apples. They had a very small showing of pears and an even smaller showing of berries and cherries that I'd rather buy and throw away than eat. They looked that sad.

I think baked apples are okay, though I think I would make a crumble or a tart rather than just eating them baked. I can't get away from my carbs. Heh. I think I might prefer eating canned/preserves but it's hard to find stuff that doesn't have a TON of sugar.
19th-Jan-2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I like cooked fruit in principle -- my momma made a killer curried fruit when I was little, almost always at big meals like Christmas and Thanksgiving -- but I'm not a fan of raisins. Maybe if it were filled with something fattening, like nuts ...


My trouble is that my body thinks it need to fatten itself for hibernation in winter. All the cravings I get are for cheese, meat, meat and cheese, meat and eggs and cheese, cheese and eggs, etc. It's very disconcerting, especially when I'm forcing myself to eat the anemic-looking spinach from the local store, paired with watery-tasting pears (and some cheese :).
19th-Jan-2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Do frozen berries not cut it for you in the winter?
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