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Tart And Dumplings

1 Oct Apple pie and dumplings on a wire tray.


It’s Autumn! Time for Autumn food. I have been given some windfall cooking apples and I had a few very ripe plums so I got the butter out of the fridge, made some pastry and turned the fruit into four apple dumplings and a large plum and apple tart. I would have drawn them, but there was no time as Husb takes no prisoners when it comes to pastries!



Green Man And Apples

13 Oct

theatr fwrness

Husb and I went to Llanelli this evening, to the newish Theatr Fwrness to see a performance of Autumn Fires by local storytellers Carl Gough, David Pitt and Eleanor Shaw. “As we descend into the darkness of winter we gather by the fire, yet that flame which ensures our survival still reduces us to ash in the pyre, a selection of traditional tales that will carry you to the very heart of the Autumn Fire.”


At the centre of the stage area was a beautiful Green Man carved from a piece of tree trunk, surrounded by tree bark and large harvest apples. A singing bowl sat on top of it and rang out during the intense and evocative performance. Thoroughly enjoyed it, but the bottle of Dandelion & Burdock I had during the interval has quite gone to my head 😉

I used a biro pen into my new Cat’s Meow Journal from Peter Pauper Press.



Apple Pulp Cake and Eggbound to Gilgit

2 Oct

Spicy Apple Sultana Cake.

It’s been a great year for apples and apart from the glut on our own tiny trees, people have been generous and given us loads, mostly cooking apples. I’ve been trying to find different uses and recipes for them and yesterday Melvyn juiced half a carrier bag full and made us some sensational fresh apple and cucumber juice. It was gorgeous and just the thing for this brilliant Indian Summer we’re having.

One of the problems with a small domestic juicer is that there’s a lot of pulp. I know I could put it in the compost bin, but I hate the waste. I’ve developed a lovely carrot cake recipe with pulp, so today I experimented and made this spicy apple sultana cake. It’s quite puddingy as I used nearly a pound of apple pulp but it’s really nice served warm with cream. I drizzled some of our home-made elderflower syrup over the top as it came out of the oven to glaze it.

Ink drawing: Bisham, Pakistan.

The drawing is one I did in a tiny travel sketchbook on my trip around Pakistan back in 2007. I travelled with 8 Brits, 16 Danes and varying amounts of Pakistanis in a minibus throughout the plains and mountains and one night we stayed in a government hostel in Bisham. The next day we woke up to this amazing scene – mountains bigger than any I have ever seen and a beautiful valley studded with flowering trees. The only thing available for breakfast was eggs – in abundance – and we travelled onwards to Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway quite eggbound.

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