I carry no phone
An aspiring Luddite
In a wired world.
Jeff Berry is an early adopter of the Internet and the Web, a late adopter of Twitter, and declines to adopt Facebook. With the death of Google+, he's experimenting with federated platforms. He admins a medievalist Mastodon instance, and can found on the PlusPora diaspora pod. He hates cell-phones.
To paraphrase an old saw - when life gives you apples, make ... something with apples. Fine, it's not as clever as the original with all its lemon jokes, but the principle holds true.
I walked into the King's Manor, where my Inter-Department is headquartered to find a note from the head of the Centre next to a bucket of apples. The note said something like, 'cooking apples from my garden, take some.' So I did. Then I was faced with a problem. I had no cider press, so what should I do with them?
I'd been thinking for a while that I ought to mess around some more with a 17th Century recipe for Jumbles, from Robert May's "The Accomplisht Cook." There are no apples in the recipe, and no reason to think they would be an appropriate addition. I cast those concerns to the wind, however, and forged ahead.
It wasn't until later, when the dish was complete, that I realized I'd come up with something similar to a clafoutis - and that's OK. It's a little more cakey and little less eggy, and pre-cooking the apples was probably not needed.
On the other hand, if you don't precook the apples, and it wasn't less eggy, it would be a clafoutis. And this isn't. It's a Thingie.
Cream the sugar and butter together. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour and mix it up, adding the sherry and cream as you go. You want a fairly stiff batter, so go easy on the liquids at first.
Fold the apples into the batter and pour into a baking dish. Bake 150C/350F for 30-40 minutes, until it tests clean.
Let it cool for just a bit to make sure it sets up. Then devour alone or with something on top. Whatever you like. I'm eating mine au naturel.