Autumn Harvest... Apples, apples everywhere.

Taking time to live well is a gift to yourself and others. Enjoying the simple things, finding serenity, for me it's all about the meditation, yoga and cooking. We have twelve apple and three pear trees in our garden, and this year the apples have been particularly bountiful; they are juicy and sour, perfect for cooking. As autumn arrives and the falling leaves change to shades of red, orange and yellow, I have set myself the challenge of what to do with such a large amount of fruit. Of course I have given away plenty to friends and family and made more than one apple crumble, plus the freezer has had its fair share. I have looked for several new apple recipes to warm and delight, adding extra spice and nuts whilst replacing butter with vegetable oils. Cooking makes me feel happy, as I put on my apron and Mindfully stir, mix or whisk, bringing full attention to the task at hand.

Apple & Celeriac Soup

Here are a few of the ideas I have tried:

Apple Compote layered with coconut yoghurt and home made nutty granola is a big breakfast favourite. It is even more delicious served with blackberry jelly.

Chewy Apple, Pecan and Oatmeal Cookies, accompanied by Spiced Apple tea.

Apple and Celeriac soup served with cheesy croutons and a sprinkle of hazelnuts.

Apple and Cranberry Coleslaw with plenty of sharp dried fruitiness.

Apple Strudel with flaked almonds, or how about upside down Apple Cake.

Apple Strudel

Apple & Cranberry Coleslaw

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