The nights are long. People are sniffling and coughing. Everywhere is the unmistakable shuffle of the half alive. It is that lovely time of the year I like to refer to as the nights of the living dead. If you are like me, for the last few weeks you’ve treated people like they carried the plague, yet somehow you still got infected. After spending nearly a week self-quarantined, I emerged alive and managed to bring you the first recipe of December, albeit a week later then planned. This cider and bean stew is perfect for those with the sniffles or the winter blues. It is quick, easy, warm and very delicious. It is also vegetarian for anyone who adheres to such things.
The Sober Apple
Are you tired of plain old mashed potatoes? (no, nobody ever is) Bored of the same old roasted potato? (again, no) Well this thanksgiving why not try something new, pommes de terres fondantes! Thats right, the French have developed a new type of apple, a ground apple! These apples grow underground and are used for all sorts of delicious dishes. Try them boiled and mashed, or roasted. They are superb!
Ok, I am being informed that they are just potatoes. Oh well, I guess we can add cider to them still. This melting ground apple, (Thanks google translate!) or pommes de terres fondantes, is a succulent French classic of potatoes cooked in lots of butter or oil. Some chefs will even boil the potatoes in butter. This staple of French cuisine can be a bit intimidating for some, especially with shaping and not burning the butter. We on the other hand will try and simplify this recipe a bit and use cider instead.
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the temperature dropping and little monsters are going from place to place looking for their favourite treats. Kids? No I am talking about pumpkin spice lovers.
These beings of horrible taste have convinced baristas and chefs around North America that pumpkin spice is an acceptable flavour.
I am here to tell you all the reasons why pumpkin spice is awful.
I mean, if you are desperate for pie spice to be in so many things, why not apple spice?!
So in lieu of a recipe this week, I offer you this pumpkin spice hit piece.
*Editor’s Note: The following does not represent the opinions of yegcider and are solely the opinions of Caleb Rhyason. The stated “facts” below may not be actual facts, and may have been made up entirely. This post has not been fact checked.
Somehow it is already the end of September (I think witchcraft is the only reasonable explanation). Kids have returned to school, the leaves are changing colours and apples are ripening. Christmas is beginning its inevitable march, consuming all in its path. Held back only by the bulwark that Halloween has become. Yet in the midst of all this chaos (Canadian) Thanksgiving manages to carve out its own little niche. It always seems to jump up on me, as it has again this year, being a little over a week away.
As we know, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the things we find most important in our lives: apples and cider! Since we all love cider and apples so much, why not make the whole feast with them! Well, that is exactly what I will help you do. We will begin with a starter (of course): an excellent apple, cheddar and cider soup.
There are no beings with a greater love of food than those barefooted hipsters the Hobbits. Managing to cram seven meals into one day is both impressive and deserving of admiration. Hey and guess what? Today, September 22nd, just happens to be Hobbit day! (shout out to fellow Tolkien obsessed nerds!)
On this day in TA 2890 and TA 2968 both hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins were born, respectively. Happy Birthday!
Let’s all celebrate by refusing to wear shoes, destroying any ring we see (just in case), walking ridiculous lengths, and eating a lot!
What better way to spend the day eating than with apples? Hobbits absolutely love apples, and who can blame them! Everyone loves apples! (Well not Fíli, but look what happened to him! He died!)
“Apples for walking, and a pipe for sitting” as Samwise Gamgee would say. They also make pretty good projectiles for any sneering, nefarious, opportunistic backstabbers that may be requiring some comeuppance!
So in the spirit of Hobbit Day and the hobbit’s love of apples, I have compiled 7 recipes for you today, one for each of their hobbit meals. [Read more…] about The Sober Apple: Hobbit Day Recipes
It is that time of year again; Elul is winding down and before we know it, it is going to be 5778. I know that for the next month I will still be writing 5777 on all my work.
If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year! Shanah Tovah!
Rosh Hashanah will be welcomed around the world at sunset on September 20th. Before the meal it is customary to eat apples dipped in honey to ensure a sweet new year. The apple and honey motif extends through many of the dishes that people serve during Rosh Hashanah.
For Rosh Hashanah I am going to give you two apple recipes! Thats right, two for the price of one! At the bottom of the post you will find links to other recipes to round out a complete meal for Rosh Hashanah.
Apple Honey Challah
First we have an apple honey challah, a braided bread. Normally challah is braided in an oblong shape but for Rosh Hashanah we braid it in a circle to represent the yearly cycle.