Upside-down pudding cake

Caramelized Apple Upside-down Pudding Cake

The month of May in New Zealand is the dregs of Autumn (Fall), the ground is carpeted with decaying leaves as the trees embrace nudism.  The earth is starting to knuckle down for the Winter season. The last of the summer produce looks pathetic – the tomatoes are clinging to dying vines and the chillies are begging to be harvested before the killer frost arrives. On the bright side we have loads of mandarins and lemons and the grapefruit is gearing up to supplement the meagre fruit supplies over winter.  And the silverbeet is enthusiastically taking over the straggly garden so we will eat some greens this winter. Continue reading

Baked Apple with Vanilla & Thyme

Baked Apple with Vanilla & Thyme

Here in New Zealand we are at the end of the apple harvest with a few lone late stragglers stubbornly clinging to the branches even though the leaves have bailed for the year. We’re chomping through cold storage apples so is good that some varieties keep well. From the Gisborne Farmers Market this week we have a mixed bag of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smiths. Stay tuned to see how they fare. Meanwhile here is a recipe I prepared during the apple harvest a few seasons past.