On my way home I couldn't resist a little gleaning. Whizzing down the Hume I saw many trees laden with fruit, very few of them with a handy spot to stop close by. But on the Sydney side of Goulburn there was a perfect spot for gleaning. There were two apple trees dotted with rosy fruit near a handy layby so in no time at all I had collected a large basket full.
On arriving home I found that we had 4 enormous bowls of peaches waiting for me. Beautiful orange skinned ones - all cling stone and with very little blush. Despite nightly wallaby raids, there was still ample fruit for the wallaby and us.
My immediate thought on dealing with the glut? Fruit pies, so I got skinning the peaches and stewing them,
and stewing the apples, and with the assistance of the Lad's masterful pastry hands I had made 12 beautiful fruit pies - 6 peach pies with stars,
and 6 apple pies with flowers.
They have a rich shortcrust on the bottom and flaky on top. They are pretty good...
Now my problem is, how to eat them all.
Oh and now the Wallaby visits in daylight hour as well as in the evening. He is quite an old male wallaby with tattered ears and a fat tummy!
So that's 2 of the 4 bowls full of peaches dispatched, not sure what to do with the remainder. You can't eat that many peaches fresh.... I have lots of jam put away already and don't need any more and I have already a stash stewed in the freezer for winter eating and a jars of peach chutney - any suggestions?
And I also have 3/4 of a basket of apples to dispatch!