Apple pie & ice cream

We’re lucky enough to have an apple tree which is producing heaps of fruit at the moment. Here’s how to make an easy, traditional & crowd pleasing apple pie.

What to do with a glut of apples?

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Pastry

  • 250 g Plain flour
  • 50 g Icing sugar
  • 125 g Butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • Zest of ½ a lemon

Sift the flour and icing sugar into a nice big bowl. Add the cubes of butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the lemon zest.

Add the egg and bring the pastry together fairly quickly. The egg will probably be enough liquid, but if it’s still too dry, add a splash of milk. Pat the pastry into a neat, flat circle and put it in a freezer bag or wrap it in clingfilm and put it in the fridge to rest.

For the filling

  • 1 kg apples, cored & diced into 2 cm chunks
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 30 g butter
  • 50g honey

Melt the butter with the honey and cinnamon in a saucepan and add the apples. Give them a good stir and then cook slowly over a low heat until the apples are soft but still retain a little of their shape. Allow to cool while preparing the pie dish.

Assemble the pie

Butter a 20 cm diameter, sloping sided pie dish. Cut ⅓ off the pastry for the pie lid and roll out the rest on a floured surface until it is large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the dish and hang over the sides a little.

Fill the base with the apple filling and roll out the remaining pastry for the lid. Stick the pastry lid to the base by brushing the seal with either some beaten egg or milk. Crimp around the join with a fork and slice off any excess pastry with a knife. Brush the top of the pie with some milk or beaten egg, and it’s ready to go in the oven.

Bake the pie for around 25 mins at around 180 deg or until the pastry is golden and cooked through. Serve with some good vanilla ice cream and  enjoy the brownie points and praise from everyone who tries it.

ANZAC Day

Anzac Day public holiday is awesome. It’s a nationwide holiday which everyone gets off work. But what is an anzac anyway? Some kind of small beetle? No, it’s a member of the Australian or New Zealand armed forces.

The day starts with a dawn service, especially for veterans, followed by a full day of drinking and remembering. If that’s not an oxymoron. For the next few years this is even more important as the Great War (1914-1918) passes out of living memory.

For the ANZACs the First World War is synonymous with Gallipoli. The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign, the Battle of Gallipoli, or the Battle of Çanakkale (in Turkish). The allied forces of Russia, Britain and France, which also comprised a lot of Australian and NZ troops attempted a Naval invasion and amphibious landing of the peninsular with the view of capturing the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople (Istanbul).

They failed. It took 8 months of bitter fighting and masses of casualties on both sides for the Ottoman Empire to win their victory. The attempt was abandoned and the allied forces withdrawn to Egypt, but not before over nearly 200,000 men were either killed wounded or taken prisoner.

Gallipoli casualties (not including illness)
Dead Wounded POW Total
Ottoman
Empire
56,643 97,007 11,178 164,828
United Kingdom 34,072 78,520 7,654 120,246
France 9,798 17,371 27,169
Australia 8,709 19,441 28,150
New Zealand 2,721 4,752 7,473
British India 1,358 3,421 4,779
Newfoundland 49 93 142
Total Allies 56,707 123,598 7,654 187,959

The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign, the Battle of Gallipoli, or the Battle of Çanakkale

Cock Coffee

A mate of mine went into a coffee shop the other day and ordered a latte. It wasn’t till he sat down that he noticed the artwork. Pretty funny. It begs the question… was it an invitation? an accusation? Maybe just a statement about how the barrister’s day had been going.

Cock coffee

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Yabbying

A yabby is a freshwater crayfish found in creeks all over Australia. Down here in SA you can expect to catch them during any month with an ‘R’ in it. These little critters are abundant, delicious and easy to catch and will keep a bunch of kids happily hunting for hours.

We took a couple of yabby nets (just like crab nets), a fish landing net, some string and a few chicken drumsticks. The 5 kids we took down to Brownhill creek managed to catch 15 of them in a couple of fun hours. Not enough for a feed, but enough for a snack.

 

Progressive Web Apps

The first week of my new job has been interesting. This is a smart group of people who are engineering some very high end eCommerce websites for big clients like Coopers Beer & Haighs Chocolate.

One of the things I’ve been working on recently is the idea of creating enhanced front ends for exiting systems like WordPress or Magento. I’m thinking about Single Page App using React or something similar to connect to a RESTful API provided by the system being enhanced. The idea is to leave the older display layers in place for the search engines to index but then adding an uber-display layer on top for users whom it suits.

What I’ve learned here at Aligent is that this is already an idea which is quickly taking shape in the ever speedy world of web development. There are a few concepts I hadn’t thought of, but essentially what I had in mind was a Progressive Web App. I’m on it.

This new level of quality allows Progressive Web Apps to earn a place on the user's home screen.

A Progressive Web App is:

  • Progressive – Works for every user, regardless of browser choice because it’s built with progressive enhancement as a core tenet.
  • Responsive – Fits any form factor: desktop, mobile, tablet, or whatever is next.
  • Connectivity independent – Enhanced with service workers to work offline or on low-quality networks.
  • App-like – Feels like an app to the user with app-style interactions and navigation because it’s built on the app shell model.
  • Fresh – Always up-to-date thanks to the service worker update process.
  • Safe – Served via HTTPS to prevent snooping and to ensure content hasn’t been tampered with.
  • Discoverable – Is identifiable as an “application” thanks to W3C manifest and service worker registration scope, allowing search engines to find it.
  • Re-engageable – Makes re-engagement easy through features like push notifications.
  • Installable – Allows users to “keep” apps they find most useful on their home screen without the hassle of an app store.
  • Linkable – Easily share via URL, does not require complex installation.