On Thursday we had to go into Montréal~
Our GPS..shows 45 minutes away..our destination was in the city centre..
we know Mtl is 45 minutes away..but..w/ traffic,for a morning appt..give yourself 2 hrs.
we are used to this and had given ourselves 1 hr 45 mins..by the skin of our teeth ,we made it.
We left at 7 AM..and got there at 8.30 ..and my husband had to drop me off at the door to whip upstairs..I don't know how some people do it every day.
Many take public transport ..I don't blame them.
If I had to start over and work downtown:(
Kudos for those who do it .
Give me the country..forever I hope.
The day was chilly in the AM..but we decided to go the Jean -Talon market..Little Italy..about 20 minutes away..from where we were..we went because ..it's bounty season..
apples,tomatoes,garlic,chilis,beans,eggplants herbs,you name it they have it..mums..
so so pretty to go there..and I am glad some "éducatrices" think it is such a great experience for wee ones..we saw 2 groups ♥
I must add..I have no sense of direction..moved out here when I was 21..so 40 yrs ago..never got to know the city..I went to McGill university for 6 monts..public transport..
so I do not know my way around anywhere..nor how to get there.Let's not even talk about traffic..I was a realtor in the country ..
My husband is my chauffeur..he knows Mtl inside out.
Grateful..what would I do?
On Sunday Mylène invited me to go apple picking w/ she and Noah and Giuliana..
we went to a place that is now my favorite..
It's organic..young family run..along shore road ..
We had bought our apples at JT..but I did buy honey and Mylène bought juice and 10 lbs of apples..
It's a beautiful orchard..bio/organic..run by a beautiful young family who started it in 2003.They planted the trees etc..In 2013 they were ready to open to the public.
Cute cute cute place.
Next year I will go directly there for my apples..
So nice that you know nothing has touched them..
Ok so the apple crisp..you can really make any apple crisp you love already..
I have made this one w/ Martha's,with my mom's version..with the Killer Apple Crisp recipe ..that Linda had sent me a few years back..I now make an apple crisp that combines all therecipes and varies every time;)
the topping makes enough for the 3 dishes above and another 3 inch ramekin.
The only thing I do differently from all the recipes I have gleaned and combined.. is that I pulse some Lotus Biscoff (3-4 for the following recipe) cookies and add them to the crumble..and some chopped pecans..the pic is unbaked..as I made it when Noah came for dinner and there's no time for pics then:) Serve warm w/ ice cream..make sure the apples are fork tender..never omit the spices..I have tasted some very bland apple crisps in my day..an apple crisp w/ out cinnamon..etc..is not an apple crsip;)
Noah loved it..he even loved my lasagna and garlic bread.
He is the one w/ the most developed taste palate.
La Recette~ but kind of..I switch it up all the time~glean this one..
6-7 apples of your choise peeled and cut into large chunks
2 tbsps lemon juice
1/3 cup of sugar
1 cup plus 2 tbsps brown sugar packed..I like old fashioned brown sugar
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg..I only use fresh..grated
10tbsps cold butter diced
1 cup chopped tosated pecans..I use less
Preheat oven to 375F
In a large bowl combine the apples lemon juice and sugar and set aside.
In a small bowl stir flour,sugar,oats,spices.With a pastry blender or a food processor..cut in/pulse the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbsstir in nuts..
Spread the apple mixture in a greased oven proof casserole..
Sprinke topping over top..
Bake ap 55 minutes or until top is bubbling and golden..
My notes..I add the ground Biscoff Lotus cookies to the topping..and a touch of cardamom..
I bake until I can enter a skewer in the crisp and it slides in..
I sometimes add a pat of butter on top of the apple mixture:)
Jean Talon~ is always a very special treat~