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p.s. yes, that's me in the community's userpic (not my own, hehe) - picking apples in my aunt's garden. i took home about 10 kilos - while travelling, mind you - put them in the freezer (chopped with some sugar), in packages large enough to make four servings of 'äppelkräm' which i've had for breakfast.
i don't know how to translate 'äppelkräm' from swedish to english, but you put 7 dl of chopped apples into 4 dl of water + ½ dl of sugar and boil them for about five minutes - a while longer if they come straight from the freezer, of course. then you mash them into small pieces & add 1½ tbsp of potato flour - and you know what to do with potato flour, stir in some cold water & then add *slowly* to the apples, while stirring & the apples should be off the heat. then you put the apples back on the heat - but *only* until you can see the first bubble. (if you keep it on longer, the potato flour might lose it's effect & you don't want that.) then you serve with milk & enjoy :)
this costs basically nothing, if you can get the apples for free - as in, getting them from someone who won't use all they have anyway. they will last about a year in the freezer (or so i've heard, i've used up mine long before that :D). if not, i wouldn't exactly say they're expensive at the store, either. ;)
oh and i'll be posting a link to a conversion chart, to the userinfo, right after posting this.
then i'll be off having home-baked rye bread, with 'leverpastej' (don't ask me to translate that) & really cheap pickles i found yesterday at the supermarket. let's hope they taste good =) EDIT: they taste wonderful & cost me less than half the price of my 'regular' brand. yay for generic food :D