Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Comfort me with apples—and long autumn walks

by June

We're saying goodbye to the colors—to the oranges and reds of October, but also the green grass that sprouted early this year and has stayed long.

Autumn calls us out for long rambles.

We climb along rocks by the river.

Or we take rides along curving roads and end up at the apple orchard.

This is the season of bittersweet truth though—a crackle of ice on the chickens' water, tracings of frost on the window. Winter will close in.

So we go out with our cameras and dazzle ourselves with the light on the water, the snap in the air, the antics of the goats.

We sit in the grass and stare into our hen's eyes.

We lie down and look at the blue sky and the red leaves and the white clouds. Everything is clarified to its purest hue.

Dark nudges us into the house finally. But we have apples and more time for dinner. What should we make? What should we make up?

Since we have a pizza dough ready to go, how about spinning a pizza inspired by our adventures? How about a Savory Applesauce and Ham Pizza?

We peel and dice up two apples and put them in a sauce pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and two cloves of garlic. We cover the pan and keep the heat low. When it is all good and soft, we roughly mush the apples with the garlic (though you could remove the cloves if you just wanted a garlicky nuance).

While the applesauce is cooking, we slice a red onion into thin rounds and sweat them over low heat, then fire it up a little to caramelize them.

We have a bit of ham and dice it up.

Birch smoothes out the pizza dough. The applesauce goes on first, then the caramelized onions, then the ham, then some shredded mozzarella. We finish it with a sprinkling of ground coriander, pepper and salt.

 Darkness may come early now, but it brings with it the gift of having more time together in the kitchen—more time to make dinner out of what we've found growing all around us this long, lovely season.


Catherine said...

Yum! June your photos just get most amazing each time!

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Lovely post June. I've been canning applesauce and apple butter. I've used over 30lbs so far. *phew*. My peeling shoulder was aching, lol.

Give those girls a hug from their pal in RI.

J.G. said...

Lovely, lovely! It's endlessly amazing that such beauty is around every corner this time of year. And what an interesting pizza combination. I will have to try it when the mood comes on.

Linda said...

So many culinary delights recently in your blog. I'd never have thought of apples in a pizza, but your description and photo have convinced me.
Happy Autumn!

sarah said...

hi June!
yummy.. i am on my way over :)
your captures of fall are beautiful. that goat i love.
i have missed you, it is so nice to come and read!

Karen said...

What a wonderful post, I love your photography, and your delicious recipe!

Clover said...

Great post. Amazing pictures as always and those goats are the best.

Knittymama said...

What a perfect day! And such pretty pictures...

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I love how your chickens and goats match the colors of fall in your post so well! Actually, I think I just love your goats...they really are adorable. I have bonafide goat-envy. Your applesauce and ham pizza sounds wonderful. We always used to make homemade applesauce to go with pork chops, so it sounds like a perfect combination to me. Now I'm hungry...

Kelli said...

Absolutely amazing pictures, I'm so glad I came across your blog. My wee Irish blog is no comparison however we all need a little inspiration. All the best, Kelli.

Spring Lake Farm said...

OMG, I've been away too long but your photos are as awesome as ever! Tell the girls hello for me.


JGH said...

Perfect - PIZZA!!. I've been craving some savory things to do with apples and have been putting them in salads. Beautiful photos. The hen matches the leaves!!

Nicole said...

Yours is my favorite blog that I follow. Such incredible pictures! I also would never have thought of apples on a pizza but it looks amazing. We are going to try this. Thanks!

Tall Clover said...

June, a visit to your site is a break from the day. This one in particular transported me, entices me to don a slicker and hit the woods...but not before another hot cider.

sarah in the woods said...

Wow! Your pictures are gorgeous! Especially the one of the bright leaves reflected in the water.

Magnolia Handspun said...

Amazing images June...You really captured the beauty of autmn.
Lurv all the colors...and that sweet little goat.
Hope you are haveing a lovely season.
love to you

Kathy M said...

Amazing pictures, they make me feel like I was there with you. Thanks!

Missouri Gal said...

Awesome photos!

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