A couple of days after my daughter turned in her homework, we went to the Apple Store. My husband and I decided it was time to update our 4-year-old smart phones (that by now were kind of dumb phones), and it wasn't until then that I realized how much cyberspace had widened, and why I needed more bytes (or mega bytes?), and more stuff with my new gadget. With my old phone I couldn't have access to most newer apps nor social media (which by the way, if you ask me, made my life simpler), icons, photos, nor free international communication tools. A few days passed, and I became addicted to Pintrest and a big fan of Instagram. I have a flashlight, if I feel lonely I can talk to Siri and boss her around, I order groceries and... where is this all going?????
I have no idea, but I do give it to Mr. Jobs, who could see way beyond what we, regular humans, can see, and wasn't afraid to pursue it, imagine it and reimagine it over and over, always keeping in mind aesthetics, marketability and innovation. We just saw a 1995 interview of him, and it's amazing how even then, he saw it all coming. The facebook guys weren't even born yet (OK...they were babies).
I'm not even sure if it's all good that we have almost lost direct human contact with each other, or that we have developed an addiction to tapping our phones, tablets, mini tablets, super pads, etc everywhere and always while forgetting all the civilized rules of politeness. We only look straight into each other's eyes through Skype, but the Apple legacy is--whether we like it or not--as ubiquitous as apples in the farmer's markets and produce stores at this time of the year. So, I'm just going to enjoy them all and feel inspired!
Here's a bit about how good apples are:
Apples contain a very unique balance of phytonutrient polyphenols, especially in their skin (so don't peel them!), which can protect us against heart disease, cancer, asthma, and can help regulate blood sugar levels, and are suggested to be beneficial in the prevention of age-related problems such as Alzheimer's disease and macular degeneration of the eye.
Tip: try to always keep apple peels in a recipe, even if the instructions ask you to take them off. It makes life easier and it boosts the apples' nutritional value by A LOT!
Add apple slices for crunch and a touch of sweetness to salads, soups, savory tarts, curries, and sweet pies. I especially love them in crisps, and I never peel them!
- Apples partner fabulously with cheese (Gruyere, goat's milk, aged Parmesan, ricotta, blue, etc...)
- Worth it to buy ORGANIC apples when possible, as they are amongst the most pesticized fruits.
- They are great in slaws
- Apples are BFFs with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, and let's not even mention all kinds of nuts (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds)
- Toss them with any kind of leafy green and/or roasted root vegetables
- Try a salad of leafy greens of your choice, apple slices, toasted hazelnuts, goat (or blue) cheese bits and a dressing of nut oil (or just use evoo), a drizzle of raw honey, apple cider vinegar, sea salt and fresh black pepper, and you've got a great lunch!
- free of: eggs, dairy, nuts, soy, seeds, wheat and gluten
with a knife or a box grater, you get couscous out
- 1 cauliflower head, leaves removed, florets trimmed
- 1 celery root (celeriac), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (don't peel!)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 5 thyme spirgs
- Coarse sea salt (like Maldon) and freshly ground pepper, to taste
with parchment paper.
the largest hole of a box grater (or use a sharp
knife). Stop shaving once the stems don’t have any
more of the flower-looking part . Set shavings
(couscous) aside and place the cauliflower stems on
the prepared baking sheet.
sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Mix using your
clean hands to ensure all are evenly coated with the
and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
brown in parts and apple looks melted.
Take out of the oven and add the reserved
cauliflower couscous. Mix with a heat-proof
spatula and return to the oven for 1 more minute.
Remove from oven and serve.
- free of: gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted, and at room temperature)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the pans
- 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon for sprinkling
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons apple butter (see note on header of recipe)
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds, ground (in spice grinder)
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1 cup gluten-free oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
- 1/2 cup milk (your choice: rice, almond, cashew, dairy, coconut)
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Oil one mini doughnut pan.
DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GET A SPICE GRINDER, COCONUT PALM SUGAR OR ARROWROOT STARCH? JUST CLICK ON MY ASTORE ON THE TOP RIGHT CORNER AND YOU'LL FIND EVERYTHING THERE!