I don’t like wasting food, I usually scan my fridge for goods on their way out and use them in a soup or stew. It really pains me when I do have to get rid of an odd bag of salad leaves at time to time. And I wish I had a garden so I could do compost (not sure yet what I would do with all the rats coming to munch on it which would be a major issue!).
Occasionally I find myself with one piece of fruit or veg left over. Sometimes it’s a challenge, sometimes the answer comes easily.
Last week I baked Swedish apple cake and was left with one huge Bramley apple. Fruit is easy, Bramley apples fall to the same category as rhubarb or plums – I don’t eat them fresh. So the simple and tasty solution is stewing them and using as a topping for my porridge.
Take one apple, a knife, a chopping board and veg pots as companions.
Chop the apple into large chunks. I didn’t peel the apple but I would advise you do as the skin is tough.
Place in the pot with one cinnamon stick and one star anise.
Add brown sugar (as much or as little as you like), a squeeze of lemon and a tiny bit of water.
Stew in covered pan until the apple chunks fall into pieces and cook nicely. Remove the spices and place in a nice Sylvac apple pot (or cucumber if apple is not available like in my case).
Enjoy chilled on porridge or hot with vanilla ice cream.