Well, we've moved. From the sunny West Country right across the country to the Essex/Suffolk border. We've swapped urban sprawl for rural delights, although at the moment, the house is in complete chaos and we're opening boxes like it's Christmas. What will be inside this one?
The garden here is ginormous and there are plenty of fruit trees, mostly apples but a few plums and a mulberry (how I LOVE mulberries!). The plums were mostly over but I've managed to get a few boxes of Victorias into the freezer - stewed and uncooked halves (the latter for plum cake using this recipe).
One of the apple trees is a Discovery - my favourite variety. It's an early eater so, as with the plums, we only got the tail end of the fruit. They are so fragrant, flavoursome and beautiful to look at.
You can sometimes buy them in the shops. I've had them a couple of times from M&S but they never have half the flavour of the ones off the tree - probably picked too early. Perhaps if you find them in an independent farm shop or at a farmers market they might be better.
This was the last hoard. Don't they look pretty?
One of the things I like about this variety is that when you cut them, they have a pink blush inside. So pretty!
This lot went in the oven with a splash of water and didn't need any sugar added. We ate them with porridge and yogurt for breakfast two days running, and they were delicious.
I'm already looking forward to next year's Discoveries but in the meantime there will be plenty of other varieties coming in the next month or so. Time to research chest freezers...