This past weekend was a whirlwind as my parents visited for the first time since I’ve moved to Melbourne so it was great to show them my local haunts and also to try out a few new places. It was amazing to just spend quality time with them which unfortunately is a rarity these days as we live in different states.
Mum brought down some of her homemade muesli which is filled with delicious ingredients all lightly toasted to enhance their flavours. I’ve been enjoying this for breakfast with some coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit – thanks Mum, you’re always looking after me! It’s great idea for a quick breakfast on the go as all the essentials are already mixed together!
On Saturday we went to Costco to stock up on a few household items including some health foods. I really like Costco as it allows you to buy in bulk and save a significant amount of money – just don’t get caught in the trap of buying items you don’t need so reevaluate your trolley before you go through the checkout! You will need a Costco membership to shop here which generally pays for itself in one shop. Also, the products stocked in each Costco differ and change from time to time so when you see certain products just buy them as they may not be there the next time you go.
Stewed cinnamon apples
Stewed apples are my favourite breakfast item to have during winter as to me there’s nothing less satisfying than biting into crunchy fruit on a cold morning. Apple and cinnamon go hand in hand and the warming spice lends a great flavour to the apples.
Granny Smith green apples are the best to use for stewing as they a quite tart in taste meaning they have a low sugar content. However, once cooked I find they become sweet and cook down really well.
As a guide, for each apple use 1 TBSP water however it is important to keep an eye on the apples whilst they’re cooking and gradually add more water if needed. I prefer to keep the skin on my apples but feel free to peel them before cooking – as you can see the apple skin actually changes colour as the apples cook.
Once cooked, the apple are really soft and are almost the consistency of apple sauce. If you prefer the apples to hold their shape then only cook them for 15 minutes instead of 20 minutes.
These stewed apples will keep in the fridge in a sealed container for up to four days.
Stewed cinnamon apples
Makes 4 cups
- 4 granny smith apples, washed and finely diced
- 4 TBSP water
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- Place apple and water in a large saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil.
- Reduce to low heat and cover and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
- Stir through cinnamon and enjoy!