Tonight I made an apple themed meal. We had loin of pork, which I boned out, stuffed with an apple sage and onion stuffing, rolled and roasted, with the crackling cooked to crispy wonderousness – if I do say so myself, and that was followed with a spiced apple upsidedown cake. And I mulled some apple juice.
Why the trouble? well any excuse to try out new recipes and make a pudding here at Colour it Green central. But also today is ‘old twelvey‘ and the day to go wassailing your orchard trees.
The process mostly involves the drinking of mulled cider (two non drinkers in the family means we opted for the tame version) and toasting the oldest tree ‘wassail!’ which means’good health’
Last year we forgot to do it – and it was the worst apple harvest since we have been here – the year before was our first time and a bumper crop – therefore that is concise precise scientific evidence that wassailing makes a difference. Well maybe. Anyhow, we do wish the trees good health, and particularly hope for a good harvest so there can be many more spiced apple upsidedown cakes to come.