A Story of Constant Renovation, Apples, Pumpkins and Michael Pollan

This Old House – A story of constant renovation

Apples and Pumpkins

Read this Book: Cooked by Michael Pollan

I’m starting to think we might have a problem.  You see, when we moved into this house, we had to do a lot of renovation work in order to get the office up and running.  Then, we created the spa room, mostly as an excuse for me to buy an infrared sauna.  A month after Jorah was born we decided (in our sleep-deprived state), to build custom bookcases across the length of our living room.  That spring, we turned half of the front yard into garden space, and now the rest of the yard has followed suit.  In August we had the outside of the house and office painted blue and all the doors done red.  And now this.  We’re fixing the floors, replacing the tile.  Our couch is taking up most of the reception area in the office right now and there’s a sheet of plastic blocking off the living areas of the house from clients.  I know, I know – what can I say?  It’s an addiction.  Please be patient with the mess if you have a session in the next week!

Baked Apples
Fall apples are amazing aren’t they?  This is an easy way to enjoy an apple dessert without really having to work at it.  This isn’t really a recipe, more of an idea that you can run with
Core the apples from the top without going through to the bottom.  In a mixing bowl, combine raisins, cinnamon, ginger and just enough maple syrup to make it gooey.  Spoon the gooey sweet mixture into the space in the middle of the apples and bake at 350 for about 20 mins.
Amazing enough to serve to company (with a little vanilla ice cream perhaps?), and easy enough to make for your kids on a rainy day.
Pumpkins
Besides making the most delicious pies ever, pumpkins are full of carotenoids (the same family of antioxidants as carrots), giving them their distinctive orange colour.  This means that they are good for your eyes, brain and heart health, while also being fairly high fiber.  The seeds can be roasted in the oven at low heat and are then helpful for getting rid of parasites.  Pumpkin seed oil is great for male reproductive health too.

Read this Book!

Michael Pollan is probably one of my favourite food writers out there and he outdoes himself with this one.  Moving through the elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth he explores the history of cooking in civilization while making delicious meals and explaining processes of good bacteria and yeast in a way that will put you in awe of single-celled organisms.  It will make you want to bake bread, roast meet and put your toes in the dirt!