All posts tagged: apples

appeltaart (dutch apple pie)

appeltaart (dutch apple pie)

Around this time last year, I was frantically planning a last minute trip to Europe. I was WOOFing at a farm in the south of France for about a week, met up with Luke for a couple nights in Belgium, after which we made our way on the high speed rail to the Netherlands. Let me just say that I love it there, and if I wasn’t such a family-oriented homebody I would move there in a HEARTBEAT. I’m not exaggerating, I looked up apartments in Haarlem the other day and it is so incredibly charming. Also: everyone was so tall in Amsterdam, I felt right at home 😉 I love how there is such a culture of cycling there (though we didn’t actually rent any bikes, Luke thought we’d get run over). They dominate the streets more than the cars do. Instead of parking garages for cars, there are parking garages for bikes. The streets are lined with locked up bikes; they really are a fixture of Dutch living. Despite not renting bikes, we …

apple picking + fall recipes

This fall weather is AMAZING. Jean-jacket-and-scarf amazing, especially when my jacket is now adorned with this super cool pie pin. Somehow after 23 years, the novelty of this seasonal change still hasn’t worn off for me. The changing colours, crisp temperatures, abundant produce, the smell of apple pie in the oven or soup slowly simmering on the stove top still make me feel giddy. We went on a drive the other day north of Kingston and explored all these beautiful rural roads, the trees lining the roads to create this beautiful orange-hued canopy. I might have ruined it by commenting, “Holy shit this is beautiful!” one too many times. I’m also pleased because even though winter is coming, I enjoy cooking way more when the temperature drops. I prefer hearty fall and winter vegetables to summery ones, and there is no part of me that wants to crank up the oven on a hot August day. I’m looking forward to soups and stews, roasted veggies, and stick-to-your-ribs type meals, which I can’t seem to accomplish in the …