Saturday, 18 September 2010

Embracing Autumn



Autumn has always been a bit of a non-event for me - that damp patch between summer sun and crisp winter air has never been my favourite time of year, ever since I stopped being little enough to jump into piles of leaves. But a couple of years ago I decided I was probably missing out, and should be putting more effort into embracing autumn rather than just wishing it away.

Last year, I tried to create what I thought would be a particularly autumnal pasta dish - and subsequently ended up eating it all through the year, so that didn't really work! And I also made so much apple chutney that we're still eating our way through it.

This year, since we're fortunate to have another fabulous apple harvest, we've been making apple juice. We first had to buy a juicer: it's an industrial beast that will live on our kitchen counter until we run out of apples! The apples themselves are a mysterious variety with red skin and pink flesh, and the resulting juice is a glorious pink. It takes about twenty minutes to make a couple of litres of juice with this machine, which is enough to keep the two of us going for about a week. Shop-bought apple juice will never be the same again! And if autumn is the only time that I can pick my drinks straight from the tree, then I certainly have a reason to love this season.

apple juice


Look at all the apple-pulp mess in the juicer:
juicer


30 comments:

lackofgravitas said...

You are *never* too big to jump in piles of leaves.

Kathryn said...

I've always loved Autumn. Gradually adding layers of cosy clothes, starting to add some spices and mulling glasses of wine and lighting fires is a lovely progression to Christmas.

Conversely I've never really understood the appeal of Spring. Tiny green buds are nothing compared to golds, reds and browns of this time of year.

Christy said...

I'm with Kathryn, Autumn beats Spring hands down. I love fresh pressed apple juice..nothin' like it!
our apple tree was a bit sad this year...due to a late frost..i am a bit envious of your loot.

Emma said...

I never used to notice Autumn at all until I had my daughter. When she was little I remember pointing out the amazing colours of the leaves and have been a convert since then!!! I agree with lack of gravitas that you are never too big to jump in piles of leaves.....puddles are also still fun ;-)

Jeanne said...

Autumn's always been my favorite time of year. In Ohio, it's the cool, dry patch between the godawful heat of summer (90 F isn't unusual) and the short, cold, gray days of winter. It's a time of cloudless skies and swirling leaves and the beginnings that go with back to school.

Now if I just had some of that apple cider to wash it down, it would be perfect!

Ruth said...

autumn is my favorite season!... and your apple juice looks so good!!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Clarification: I agree that you can never be too old for playing in leaves. But I am too big to be able to throw myself full-body into a small pile, which is what I used to enjoy...

Stephanie V said...

Oh, your apples look and sound like the ones we used have in a previous home. The tree was very old but always produced an abundant harvest of apples n the early fall. The juice was pink and made the most beautiful apple jelly. The sauce and pies were pretty tasty, too. About the only thing they weren't as wonderful for was eating.

I still like spring better than fall - there's something about the hope of beginnings. But, I do remember those piles of lives. Here in the city, a leaf-blowing person just swirls them into a big tarp and carries the pile away. Bit of a downer, really.

LambAround said...

That made quite the mess! I'll stick to making apple cider in the Crock Pot. Delicious and practically mess-free!

As for my list, I'm afraid you didn't make the cut. Nope. No way, Jose. (KIDDING!!!) That was actually just a repost for the SITS Back to Blogging event this week. It was something I wrote back in March. No worries! :)

Louiz said...

I agree with other people, never too old to jump in leaves!

Also, one of the delights of autumn is roast veg - root veg, carrots, parsnip, leeks, potato... really says autumn to me:)

christine said...

You certainly did enjoy leaping into piles of leaves! You also liked it when Daddy lifted you into the leafmould bins so that you could jump up and down on them to complress them so that he could fit more in:-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a lovely colour the juice is. I bet it tastes good, too!

ScoMan said...

I love autumn. And not just for the juice.

Plus the colours of the trees around the garden are nicer, so it's great to sit out there and read.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I try to embrace autumn here in So. California but our weather doesn't really start getting crisp until late October. I love to nest in though so I pick up pine cones and any thing that says fall to me whilst on my walks. As soon as the pumpkins appear at the market I buy as many as I can and fill my front porch with them. The orange ones especially add a fall feeling. Oh, and I have to start wearing a sweatshirt to the beach most days.

Jen said...

Mmmm...I love apple pie. I don't have an apple tree, though.

ladyfi said...

Oh, that apple juice looks amazing! I do love autumn too..

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I think you need to jump in leaves and fling them in the air. JDaniel has been doing it with me. It is such fun.

Chris said...

I love autumn, but I honestly love all the seasons. They each arrive at just the right time. Your apple juice is the prettiest, most vibrant apple juice I've ever seen. I imagine it's delicious!

LindyLouMac said...

I am not a great fan of autumn either as winter follows close behind but I do like being able to make supplies from our our own fruit. Apple and Grape juice are tasks for this coming week.

mangocheeks said...

Funny you saying about the apple chutney, I'm still eating through the plum chutney from last year.

Juicers are messy things, I think we've only used our twice. Giving up after because of the washing up taking so long.

I love autumn though, even if it does arrive with lashings of rain.

Alice Braga a.k.a. Alice Marie said...

What a gorgeous color. Congratulations on finding things to like about autumn. It's my favorite season.

I use an industrial juicer too (Champion) and make all sorts of fruit and veggie concoctions with it. Does yours also have a homogenizer for frozen treats? That takes us back to summer though. :)

Happy equinox.

Velva said...

Since I live in sweltering Florida, I am always ready to embrace the autumn weather. I am craving the opportunity to throw open the windows, and wear a sweater. The temps are still in the low 90's F. (ugh).

The apple juice is absolutely delightful. I love it.

Fly Girl said...

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, I love the red, gold and orange leaves, apple picking and Halloween. I also love those pink-fleshed apples! Are they the pink lady variety?

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Fall is my second favorite season... but I love Apple Cider in the fall! Mmm... your fresh squeezed juice looks just as tasty! I hope you start embracing it a little more!

La Belette Rouge said...

Autumn is my favorite season. And the thought of apple chutney has me wishing for an apple tree of my own. Did you put ginger and cinnamon in?

Holly said...

I love Fall...not because of changing leaves (they don't change much in coastal California). I love crisp air and sunlight and LOVE Fall fashion!

There is a local farm they sells fresh pressed apple juice right there and you can watch them make it...nothing compares to whole juice.

L.C.T. said...

Interesting to read this post having just written about seasons :)

A Cuban In London said...

I love autumn and I am very glad that you've come to embracing it, too, apple chutney excess notwithstanding. :-)

Great post.

Greetings from London.

Kel said...

Autumn is my favorite season! I'm so glad that you have found something that is helping you enjoy it more. How are the Autumns in England? In Virginia (US), are temps stay in the 60's (F)during the day, but go down to the 30's at night. There is always a nice breeze, not much rain, and beautiful foliage.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the food of autumn (pumpkin and apples and stuffing, drool...) but I don't like the bustle of the season. Everyone becomes obsessed with holidays and football and hunting....

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