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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Free Food

We have two apple trees in the garden and this year we had fruit but it was tiny , I am not sure if its because we cut them down to move them here when we moved a couple of years ago as they are still only about three foot tall, 
Or is there something  i am not doing  that i should be.
Please let me know if you know why so i can put it right for next year.


I did use them up it was very fiddly but i persevered.
They made four apple pies one we had for tea on Sunday.







 This year i   asked the neighbour that backs on to our garden if i could use the apples that are on the  back of her tree 
I can see them from my garden,
 Last year i watched them all rot , lovley cookers it was such a shame 
So i asked and she said with pleasure.

 This is my haul.

Yet to be used , I will make some apple cakes and puddings.





Our daughter had a parcel of  muscle food but she didn't want the diced beef , It was beautiful so tender , I will be having a look at 
there range next time i need meat. 





I did take a photo of the finished stew using all the ingredients in my store cupboard and fridge but i deleted it by mistake. Its very rare we get  free food but it makes a nice change.



A few more vintage finds.

 A hand made vintage blanket and a strange accessory








Some vintage plates made in to cake stands.







A collection of vintage sewing threads.









XXXX





19 comments:

  1. The diced beef looked very nice. I had to look on the internet to see what you meant when you said "musclefood" - you have very good food delivery services available in the U.K. much better than we have where I now live in America.

    Good for you asking about the cooking apples - much to nice to let rot. My mum always made the best apple pie and we usually had it served with custard.

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  2. Hello sandy , I would have never entertained buying meat on line but having tasted this i will try it soon , Pastry making was one of the skills i left school with that has benefited me in later life , It has saved me a fortune over the years and we have ours with custard too xxx

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  3. I love that table cloth in your header so much, I really wish it were mine.

    We have been allowed to pick the blackberries from our neighbours blackberry canes that overhang our back garden. I have 2 large bags in the freezer. We have a communal orchard in the village so I picked quite a lot of apples which I have blanched and frozen too against puddings for the winter.

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  4. I sold that tablecloth on Ebay , I will let you know if i find anything similar , I have some pretty tablecloths listed at the moment but for the life of me i cant work out how to do a link , I will find it out eventually, If you want to have a look go on to eBay and search for Madeira table cloth , my ebay name is shabbychicvintagecottage , Its great to get free stuff isn't it xxx

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  5. Good of you to ask and be permitted to pick the neighbor's apples, without letting them go to waste. Your apple pies look yummy. I love the cake stands, too.

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  6. Thank you , Even though i say it myself they do taste good , I just have to control myself from eating to much of them , There is so much food that goes to waste , I really don't like food waste xxx

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  7. Free apples lovely.
    Love the cake stands, so pretty, glad you have returned to blog land, x

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    1. Thank you , I love the cake stands too , Its one of the things i find hard to part with xxx

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  8. David said your transplanted tree needs time to grow a strong root support system again so it will improve over time. Also feed it seaweed extract and sulphate of potash . Also plenty of water over Summer. xxxx

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    1. Thanks Meg , I guessed David would know , I did give them plenty of water , I will try the other tips next year xxx

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  9. Next year when the June drop is over, go round your apple trees and thin the rest of the fruitlets out, just leave 2 or 3 together and you should get larger fruit. Having said that 1 of my trees put out small fruit so I will be extra careful with it next year.

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    1. Thanks pam I did wonder if i needed to thin it out as they were growing really close to each other i just thought it was because of the size of the tree xxx

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  10. I was also blessed with a neighbours apple tree and blackberries along the back of my garden so that I have several packets in the freezer all ready for those Autumnal puddings that we all love so much. Your apple pies look delicious.

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    1. They do taste delicious , I prefer to bake them in to something before freezing them it helps me when i have my off days and dont want to cook xxx

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  11. Not being much of a pudding eater I make (and freeze) lots of spicy parsnip and apple soup with our windfalls.
    That knitted throw is lovely - very Missoni! Is that a bed jacket or a tea cosy? xxx

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    1. Lol , Bed jacket or tea cosy ,I should have mentioned the size its about standard lamp shade size , I wondred if it was a pouffe cover xxx

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  12. Looking at your strange accessory, could it be a Christmas tree skirt?
    It seems sort of wintery , Christmassy colours and I have seen that pattern and yarn on some American blogs. Free food is great isn't it?

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  13. Could your 'strange accessory' be a lampshade cover. You know the sort that sits over another shade. Whatever it is I love the colours of it and the blanket.

    And well done for being brave enough to ask for the apples, it's a crime to leave them to rot. Lots of lovely pies and crumbles coming up then :-)

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  14. I though that sue but it would have to be the right size as its smaller than a standard lamp , I have baked half the apples up , will be doing some crumbles , I have done pies and puddings so a crumble will make a change xxx

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thank you for your message , Shabby