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    @ AM - yes they usually have a lot of sugar, but I use it like jam. I'll use it on bread, biscuits, or cornbread, or I'll put a spoonful on oatmeal or plain yogurt. Honestly the only time I follow a recipe is for canning - just because you need to be accurate with the acid level. Otherwise I just core and peel the apples (to fill a 6qt slow cooker) and put them in the slow cooker with about 1 cup of water, start with about 1 cup of sugar, and a few cinnamon sticks. I cover it for a few hours until everything is a little soft then I remove the cover and mash. Stir often to prevent burning. After stuff is soggy soft I use an immersion blender to make smooth and leave the cover off until it is thickened (stir every hour or so to prevent burning). I add sugar and spices (nutmeg, extra cinnamon, - all the things you like in apple pie) at this point to taste, sometimes a pinch of salt. It is ready when a dollop on a plate does not weep juice around its perimeter. If you want the specific recipe for canning I'm happy to post, just let me know.

    @ NZ - baked apples. Core and fill the center with vegan butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - bake until soft and serve with a dollop of vegan ice cream, heavy cream, or whipped cream. Or there is pan fried apples too with cinnamon and sugar - a breakfast side. Do you have access to a dehydrator - apple rings to snack on, or diced apples (to add to granola or apple bread later on), or apple leather.
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    AM: Depends on the recipe. I sometimes use straight olive oil, sometimes straight coconut oil, and sometimes a blend. Usually in muffins and crepes I use straight olive oil, in cakes I use straight olive oil (for something like a carrot cake or a banana cake) or a blend (for something like a chocolate cake), cookies I usually use straight coconut oil. Pretty much coconut oil makes things more solid and dense and olive oil is better when you like things lighter. So it depends on the texture you want in your baked item. Taste wise, the olive oil taste can be a bit "green"/"grassy"(?) for some things—I could really taste it when I used it to cook the apples for the pancake—and straight coconut oil can be too rich when you use it straight for things that require a large volume (like a cake).

    RTB: thanks for the ideas. My mum used to always make baked apples and she added raisins to the filling. I think my kids would like them. We don't have a dehydrator, well my mum does but I can't access it right now, but I made dried apple rings in the oven the other day. I think I would do more if we had a dehydrator but the oven process was really time consuming for a small jar of apple rings. A magazine I just got in the mail has a recipe for pumpkin and apple leather that would be great considering all the pumpkins and apples we have...if we had a dehydrator.

    So far I have made lots of apple sauce, stewed apple, apple crumble, apple pancakes, the apple rings.
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    I have to say as well, I love apples, they are my favorite fruit. My parents were orchardists when I was born, and until I was about 5 years old, and we lived in an area with lots of orchards (apples and stone fruit) until I was about 8 years old.

    We loved visiting Julian when we lived in San Diego.

    My trusty apple corer (similar to this one, https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grip.../dp/B00004OCIQ, although I know there are other types) gets well used. I was amazed that both DH and his mother did not even know what one was! I have no idea how his mother spent all her life until older adult hood not even knowing that there were kitchen tools available to core apples? But I guess they lived in a forestry/paper mill town and not a fruit growing one.

    Does anyone else have a favorite fruit. I mean I like most fruits, and many I love (like pomelos) but apples would have to be favorite just because there is so much variety and they are good for such a long period of the year here in NZ. I think about the only fruit I do not like is watermelon. Other types of melon that have more flavor I am ok with but watermelon...
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Roll Call, 3/30
    Is anyone else eating too well with this whole being at home? I find we have much more time to spend on preparing things. Just in the past two days the kids have made lemon + chia seed slice, a chocolate cake, and peppermint meringues. Tonight for dinner we had pumpkin and spinach from our garden. I roasted the pumpkin coated in some spices (curry powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, ground pepper, and salt), sautéed the spinach with fresh garlic and ginger, and made some rotis to go with it. It could have done with some roasted almonds on top for a little bit of crunch and protein, and some yogurt on the side (coconut; but I have not made any recently). But it was delicious and I am very full.

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    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Are you guys getting these sort of things reported in your media or are they not publicizing it since it paints the US government in a bad light?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...bidding-demand
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Ooooh no, that sort of thing isnt showing up in my news feed, at least.
    We do have a horrid national response, Im not surprised at the chaos, or the competing bidding from individual states. When youre told that unless youre a sycophantic boot licker, youre not going to get any PPE for your state, it does send the governors into their own sourcing and bidding wars.
    Trump has also said the national stockpile of PPE is not for states to use (?!), then proceeded to try removing all webpages stating that from the government websites.
    https://www.newsweek.com/strategic-n...as-not-1496051

    This is our leadership. :_(
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    And Im eating too well too.

    CDC just said we should be wearing masks to go grocery shopping, but we shouldnt be wearing ones that health care workers need. Im trying to become inspired to make a cool mask, knowing that its only purpose is to keep me from slobbering on other people. I really dont want other people giving me the stink eye for having a naked face! (Ive kept to home like a good person, Im pretty sure Im not carrying the bug.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Roll Call, 3/30
    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    Is anyone else eating too well with this whole being at home? I find we have much more time to spend on preparing things. .
    Every time I speak with my mom over the phone, she remarks the same thing. My dad is gaining a bit of his weight back that he worked so hard to drop this winter!

    We are also eating well, but then again, DH is an excellent and adventurous cook. Last weekend he looked at what we have for ingredients in our freezers, fridge, and pantry then combed through the hundreds of loose recipes and dozens of cookbooks we have. He planned out a different dinner for the following three weeks!!

    This is our dinner from a couple of nights ago: orange chicken with stir fry veggies over rice noodles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    Are you guys getting these sort of things reported in your media or are they not publicizing it since it paints the US government in a bad light?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...bidding-demand
    DH & I did see that article. We purposely try to find news from outside the states ABOUT the states, since so many news sources here tilt far too much in one direction or another. Our federal government, or specifically the very top layers, should be shown in a bad light.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    And Im eating too well too.

    CDC just said we should be wearing masks to go grocery shopping, but we shouldnt be wearing ones that health care workers need. Im trying to become inspired to make a cool mask, knowing that its only purpose is to keep me from slobbering on other people. I really dont want other people giving me the stink eye for having a naked face! (Ive kept to home like a good person, Im pretty sure Im not carrying the bug.)
    I saw a suggestion to make the outside layer and inside layer of the mask a different pattern, so that you always keep the outside layer on the outside.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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