At last the first few fledgling trees for our mini orchard arrived on the weekend. Of course we start with apples as it seems only fitting since i won the best Apple pie and Best Apple cake and best Overall at the local Applefest.
First time i have ever done this,i love cooking and so at last i got the courage to enter..we live in the Apple capital of our state so Apples are abundant and beautiful.Now i had been doing test runs of my pies and cakes but the heat was unbearable! The night before i was set to go and for some reason the kitchen was like an oven…well two actually..and epic fail on the pastry…i was not a happy camper!..tried again no luck,it kept melting under my hands,even after soaking my hands in ice.Eventually i threw it out and changed tack,i made another batch (an old recipe) and success.I finished after midnight,sweating like i had run a marathon.
Next morning up and at it..decided last minute to make miniature toffee apples to decorate my cake…toffee in this heat.They looked so cute but i was sure they would dissolve before being judged.I left my fare at the festival and came home as the kids were all up for the night and i had to entertain.
When i went back down the judging was over,i had the times wrong,i went to collect my pie and cake and found out i had one …i was so excited..little ole me…to know that something i love doing with all my heartand have done for the last 40 years was appreciated!
So the arrival of these Apple trees marks the start of our mini orchard,i have always had fruit and vegetables and chickens,but since we have moved the landscape has proven a challenge.
The recent state festival had these trees lining the local park,apples pears and quince.People could pick fruit and sit in the park and enjoy.They came up for sale at amazing prices,they are five years old healthy and bearing fruit.So with our quartz granite and slate ground they are perfect! I can’t wait to get the fruit next year straight from my trees to my kitchen and hopefully the winners podium!