January 29, 2009
This year I have been blogging about the A-2 Farmer's Market and it was so wonderful walking there every Saturday for the weekly grocery. It is open even now, but there isn't much to choose from. I can't wait to go back. Infact, I went to the market till mid December, even when it was biting cold and snow was crunching under our boots, and Aswin joked that I was becoming a "Farmer's Market Fiend" :)
It did feel strange to walk back into a regular store to shop for the weekly groceries. One of the things I did over the summer and fall was that I bottled a lot of summer goodies. I made curry sauce, applesauce with apples from the tree we have in front of the house, jellies and even froze vegetables. Especially for times like this. So when I came home today and felt like eating something sweet after dinner, I opened a bottle of applesauce and had some with ice-cream. It made the snow we are expecting tonight (2-3 inches) easier to digest!
3- 4 lbs apples
juice from 1 lemon
1 tspoon lemon zest
2-3 sticks cinnamon
1/2 - 1 cup dark brown sugar (adjust according to your taste and you can make it with light brown or white sugar too)
1/2 tspoon salt
Cut and quarter the apples and cover them with lemon juice. I left peels on some of the apples to test the texture. Then put the apples in a large pot with the rest of the ingredients.
Bring it to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes till it gets all soft and mushy. Remove the cinnamon, cloves and adjust sugar.
Then take it in batches and mash or put it in a mixer.
Serve with ice-cream or as is :)