Pork and Apple Burgers with Chilli Sauce

Apple goes with ….. Pork

Pork & Apple Hamburger PattyWe’ve had a bit of a run on meals with pork this past week.  Pork is one of my favourite proteins and it pairs extremely well with apples.  Mopp invited his friend around for the evening on Friday night and wanted to make sure I cooked the right food.  Friday night is our home-made takeaways night (occasionally we have bought takeaways but not too often as feeding six adult-sized humans gets a little pricey).  Sausages & home-made chips were out, home-baked spicy chicken was out….. Continue reading

Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


First up – coffee cake is not coffee-flavoured cake (although coffee cake can be cake with coffee in it).  Wiki says coffee cake is cake intended to eat with coffee or on coffee break, a single layer cake either round, square or ring (tube) shaped or maybe even in the shape of a loaf (like banana bread).  Coffee cake can be spiced, and include nuts, seeds and/or fruit.  Coffee cake is topped with a streusel topping or a glaze.  Similar to teacakes….. but tea cakes are served with tea ;-).  I like the idea of streusel topping – saves having to ice (frost) the cake.  I am still not entirely sure what the difference between coffee cake and tea cake, or regular cake is though. Continue reading

Easy Unsweetened Apple Purée

Apple purée / Apple Sauce / Applesauce

Mixed Apples Apple Puree & Apple Juice
Unsweetened apple purée and apple juice

Apple purée is also known as apple sauce or applesauce.  I always use unsweetened apple purée in my recipes – so basically cooked apples which are sieved or processed to a fine texture.  Nothing else – just apples……  maybe a little water to get the apples softening up but that’s all.  I see no reason to sweeten the apples – even if I am making Granny Smith apple purée, the resulting purée is quite sweet enough without added sugar.  However apple purée, apple sauce or applesauce can include sugar or honey, as well as spices for flavouring. Continue reading

Restocking the pantry with a trip to the Farmers Market

Saturday Farmers Market

Saturdays are home days – days I try not to leave the house, days where my hair can frizz up and not bother anyone, least of all me.  But then Miss M, who had a lunch date with the three J’s (a lot of her school mates seem to have names beginning with J (or G which is almost the same)), asked for a lift into town (it was raining).  If I had to go out I may as make the most of it and go to the Gisborne Farmers Market and buy some supplies.
Apples from Gisborne Farmers Market
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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.