As part of our thanksgiving tradition, Rob, Alex and I head over to Pieter's Appleyard and pick a bushel for the pleasure of being outside in the autumn colours. This year we were doubly blessed because it was so bright and sunny.
Sometimes I have the energy and ambition to put down chutneys, apple butter and dehydrate apple rings. This year, an overly intense workload means I'm sticking to the 'raw foods' method and simply storing the fruit so we can enjoy it later.
I also picked up several quarts of cider - the perfect antidote to cold days or stressed out weekdays: warm up some apple cider with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and star anise. Pour into your favourite mug. Inhale deeply and enjoy the smell. Sip slowly and remember the orchard, and picking apples with the people you love!