Sunday, 7 September 2008

More Distraction

As if the socks weren't enough I decided to do some baking. It's not something that I do very often as unfortunately I find cooking mostly a chore. I'm sure when I have more time I might make it a pleasure but for now it's a little way down my list of interesting ways to spend spare time! But Miss Muffett loves it and we decided to make the most of the last few days of the school holidays by making a nice pie.

We have a rather sad and somewhat scabby looking apple tree in the garden. It's both two trees and half a tree at the same time. Two trees because I discovered two trunks when I hacked back the ivy, and half a tree as it grows right against the boundary wall and the branches which hang over into the neighbours garden get hacked off. I guess they don't like apples!

This year it's produced a few apples which actually looked edible. I don't know the variety though. They are the same colour as a 'granny smith' but have a blush colour on one side. They are quite small, dense, and sharp, so I think they must be a 'cooker' rather than an 'eater'.

We cheated and used ready made frozen pastry. I've not tried it before and I quite liked it, especially as it stopped me from getting lots of pastry stuck under my nails. Now that sounds like I have fancy, high maintenance, manicured nails! I don't! I'm just lucky enough to have quite strong and fast growing nails and I hate getting stuff stuck under them! We used the apples from the garden and some blackberries which were on special offer when I did the shopping and the pie turned out quite well. Miss Muffett was chuffed with the results:

And Mr Earplugs was one happy chappy:

Not everything went quite so well though. Before I got ideas above my station and started thinking I was Delia, look what happened to the 'left-over-pastry-jam-tarts':

Still, they made us laugh and Mr Earplugs thought it was his birthday - pie and tarts on the same day! That man sure is proof that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and that love is blind!



  1. The pie looks delicious. Life is definately too short to make pastry and Im sure the jam tarts TASTED wonderful. Hee Hee

  2. Oh my! I am so behind in my comments and reading. I am still on Vancouver Island, just finishing holidays and now beginning tomorrow have a four day conference. I am sooooo excited you are trying to knit socks, and honestly, Regia is the BEST yarn. It is so hard to find here. I just finished making socks with Regia and I just don't want to give them away. That pie, oh my goodness. I love apple pie...actually, almost any fruit pie. You have GOT to continue telling me how the socks are progressing. Email me, whatever, i want to know :)

  3. Hi, the pie looks great :0) enjoyed reading your blog, keep up the good work. x

  4. Beautiful pie! I never could understand that saying "easy as pie". Mine are always ugly but who's looking? How are the socks coming?

  5. Yummy looking pie!
    some for me?

    thanks for popping in...see you again soon!!!!


  6. Your pie looks amazing! Sure the jam tarts tasted good...

  7. The pies and tarts look so wonderful!

  8. I am envious of your socks! I swear I'm going to learn to knit this year! Especially since my 7 year old is off to a friends house today to learn!

    Um, I'd gobble those tarts! And the pie is beautiful. Is that Double Cream? Oh, I miss Double Cream! (unsolicited apple tree hint= mulch it heavily with compost this fall, and you should get more blooms in the spring)


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