Maintaining an Autumn tradition, I made the first of many apple pies. The apples grew on trees in our yard, picked yesterday. I peeled, sliced, and spiced several.
Sadly, this was not my best effort. The taste is great, but the crust was not as it should be. That is entirely my fault, because I abandoned a trusted friend, Betty Crocker, and tried a French recipe. The result was unlike the old standby and not as good as crusts I have enjoyed in France....but the taste was rather good.
The unusual pattern of crust was a creative solution to a problem with the dough. The consistency did not permit rolling into a top crust, so I cut strips. These were not long enough to make a traditional woven pattern, so I improvised. No one unfamiliar with apple pies would know the difference and think this normal. I’m amazed at how the brain works in a crisis. I could have made a crumble crust, but did not want to waste the dough.
I also made a few gallons of apple sauce, which is less-easy to screw up. Most was frozen to enjoy throughout the long, cold winter, so we will not have to suffer with apple sauce from store-bought factory apples or the canned variety. Each taste will remind me of picking the apples, peeling them, and watching over the pot.
A sure sign that summer is racing towards the finish line and autumn is waiting to take the baton...
I learned a surprising fact, while watching a program on apples. Although all seeds look alike, each is genetically different. Therefore, planting an apple seed will not result in apples like the one from which the seed came. Growing apples is more difficult. So, apples are like people: children are different than parents, despite similarities. But, I doubt any human wants to be compared to an apple.
Fifty Billion apples are consumed each year in Britain, the number consumed in the world must be enormous. Two thirds are imported, although the country used to be self-sufficient and a leader in natural growth. Commercialism has destroyed local orchards. The golden delicious, which dominates world markets, was discovered as a wild tree in West Virginia. This was transplanted to France, where it grew best. The insult/injury is that most apple trees grow on root stocks from England. Not unlike most grapes for wine grow on American root stock.
Here are examples of nature and humans working together to benefit humans. As opposed to global warming, which is humans working against nature to the detriment of both.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.