Apples we are drinking: Old Testament Cider

Sparkling Apple Cider
I picked up this cider during a quick trip to the supermarket – one of those ones where you have no list because you only need a few things but you end up with a trolley load of other stuff you don’t need.  It wasn’t until I got home that I discovered it is made right here in our fair city.

We’re lucky to have a Cidery right here in town – they have a shop that not only sells their cider but also some lovely bacon salt from Ma Prenzel as well as highly perfumed candles set into old tea cups.  I’m fairly sure I bought a bottle of olive oil that had something to do with garlic but I seem to have mislaid it …… my new pantry doesn’t seem to be as organised as it “should” be.
Sparkling Apple Cider
But back to the cider – here in NZ cider means hard cider or alcoholic cider as opposed to fresh unfiltered apple juice.  Cider has had a resurgence of sorts over the last five years or more – new cider varieties appear on my apple radar with regular occurence. And we’d much prefer to sit down to a cold cider than to beer or wine.
Sparkling Apple Cider
With so many New Zealand produced cider’s available, the imported name brands are relegated to the ‘meh’ pile.  Thomas & Rose Fine Fruit Cider, also produced by Harvest Cider here in Gisborne is one of my favourite.  I do a real good frownie face when the Mopp comes home with non-NZ made cider but he hasn’t cottoned on as yet.

I’m not real fond of plastic bottles, I much prefer glass.  However, in the interests of trying this sparkling apple cider, I pushed aside my niggles and popped the bottle into my trolley.  I’m glad I did as this cider is fresh, fruity, crisp and very good to drink.  The apple taste really shines through which may be a dumb thing to say but some apple cider doesn’t much taste of apples.
Sparkling Apple Cider
I enjoyed my glass of cider while sitting on the deck covered in fallen apple blossoms.  I also found that one can buy a “proper” cider glass rather than just any old glass  – there is an interesting article over at the Cider Journal.  And to correctly compare one cider to another, then the correct glass is imperative.  Oops – I do have a wine glass somewhere but we drink wine so seldom, the glasses are in a box buried in the back of the china cabinet cupboard and it was much to difficult to dig them out.  My recycled glass did just fine.

Baked sausages with apples, onions, raisins & cider

Diana Henry: Baked Sausage with Apples, Onions, Raisins & Cider

Baked sausages with apples, onion, raisins and cider
Sometimes, beginning a day of hard work in the office, dinner is the last thing on my mind.  Other times, the whole week of meals are planned out in advance.  Yesterday was not a planned type of day.  2 packs of six sausages had been retrieved from the deep freeze and were thawing, awaiting some inspiration.

Waiting for Mr L to have his golden surf-locks to be trimmed, I browsed through pinterest to find something interesting for dinner.  I happened upon the following recipe Baked sausages with apples, onions, raisins and cider and decided that tea was sorted.

It wasn’t until today when I searched for the source of the recipe that I discovered the recipe belonged to Diana Henry.  It shouldn’t have surprised me as I have several of her books on my “want list” due to the delicious looking food she creates.

I used Calvados apple brandy and Badger Apple Wood Cider.  The recipe has been saved in our “to be made again” folder as it was better than delicious.