Why I almost Wet My knickers at the Farmer's Market Today...
cooking apples. Yes, you hear it right, COOKING APPLES!!!
If I was American I would have squealed "Oh My God".
But I am not American, as most of you know, I am English. And as an English person who has been met with blank stares whenever I have mentioned a cooking apple to anyone West of Cornwall over the past six years, I can't begin to tell you how much today's discovery excited me. I was beaming. I was excited. I was overjoyed. And the girls at The Apple Farm stall who served me were overjoyed too. They were laughing and smiling at all the English people they had witnessed, getting all woozy at the sight of Bramley's cooking apples which, apparently, have been proven as the best apples for cooking, full-stop.
And apparently, The Apple Farm are the only seller of this apple in these here parts. But here is the rub. This is the last of them. No more til next year. Those you can see in the box were all that were left after I'd been at them. Then the guy behind me in the line who clearly overheard me having what he must have thought was an orgasm, looked like he was sweeping the remainder of the box clean. I don't know what to say. I wish I could share my joy with more of you, but I am afraid I simply don't have the space for the whole of the Bay Area to join me for dinner next Wednesday night when I will be serving these apples. Cooked, of course.
The next best thing I can do for you is to put these apples on your radar. Consider yourself warned a year in advance. Next time you see that The Apple Farm have Bramley Cooking Apples in stock, just buy them without even stopping to think about it. These apples are high in acid. They are sharp. They will keep their nice apple flavour when they are cooked. You'll be able to make the best apple pie you've never yet had...
PS - Californian Bramleys are much prettier, less knobbly, smaller and with more tender skins than their huge, ugly, bitter-skinned British Counterparts.
PPS - Check out my mum's response to this post.