I’m convinced that fall is prettiest in Germany. Roads wind around great hills covered in deciduous trees in the prime of their seasonal display, and the sky has a magical quality to it each time the sun rises and sets. Sunday, we were blessed to take in all of the autumnal delights with our friends John and Judi in Mainz.
We drove up to the small city after church, intending to pick a few apples and head home, but we ended up staying for a brief tour of the town that was home to the first printing press! Like every German city, the architecture is amazing, the cathedral was a work of art from the outside, we weren’t able to tour the interior that day.
We mostly strolled through the town square, letting the children run after those dirty pigeons that they so love to chase, and ended up at the Rhine where a couple of swans and a crowd of ducks were begging for hand outs! The three older kids were fascinated with the snowy fowl, and would follow them as they swam from person to person along the bank, searching for food.
We didn’t end up with much of any delicious food in Mainz as it was Sunday and most of the shops were closed, we did however lug a large basket of apples, fresh pressed juice, and cherry wine from the orchard home with us!
Oh boy were those apples delicious! The kids probably ate a dozen between them while we picked a basketful to take home with us. Many of the varieties were new to us, perhaps moonlighting under a different name than the traditional ones we had grown up with, but we collected a few pinova, cox orange and lots of elstars to munch on this week.
I made the unfortunate mistake of being so caught up in getting good pictures that I forgot to make sure that I was getting good pictures… The settings were off and I never checked as the lighting changed to adjust them, so most of my shots were over exposed. Such a bummer, but at least a few were salvageable with modern editing software, thank goodness, I don’t want to forget our day!
Jon has asked for an apple crisp for dessert this week, so the kids and I will probably make that tomorrow, maybe we’ll throw a few apples in with the pork loin and have some applesauce for a side as well. Mmm, I’m so looking forward to our apple feast!
What are your favorite apple recipes?