I almost bought myself a dog for Christmas. A beautiful orange and black maned Australian Shepherd named Miss Lady. In fact, I am not entirely convinced I won’t try to track her down and bring her home. How often do you run into a puppy that crawls into your lap to tuck their chin under yours with the sweetest look that says, “Rub my belly!”
Truth be told, it’s not that I couldn’t take on a third dog. It’s that I already have two baby girls each with her own rambunctious needs – Alyx who will climb the walls with energy until the day she dies. And then there’s Ainsley my peticapped wunderpup! Ainsley is technically paralyzed in her hind quarters…hence peticapped! Although our incredible vet managed to rehabilitate her feet such that she can waddle, play and move like normal, she still has no feeling below her neck.
They are the most adorable girls – half Lhasa Apso, half long haired dachshund, I am convinced they would have loved Miss Lady, the Aussie Invader. Right now, they are munching on leftover apple slivers from a lovely raspberry applesauce roasting in the oven. Every now and then, they look up at me with this definitive, territorial gleam in their eye that all dogs get when they realize a new pup may be coming to town.
But hélàs, such impulse buys are not for the faint of heart! And for someone on the road to minimalism, three chiens just doesn’t have quite the downsizing ring to it, does it? Comfort food, that’s what I need! Apples, cinnamon and citrus roasting in a red raspberry sauce hidden under a scoop of melting ice cream. And a few prayers for Miss Lady. May she find a loving home with lots of land and kids to play with.
- 1 small red delicious apple, peeled, cored and quartered
- Zest and juice of 1/4 of a navel orange
- Zest and juice of 1 (1") slice of lemon
- 1 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 raspberries
- Vanilla ice cream and orange zest, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Place the raspberries, orange, lemon zest and juice in a small baking dish. Peel, core and quarter the apple adding the slices to the pan as you go. Finally, toss in the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring to coat and place in a warm oven to roast for 25-30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes until the apples are soft and fork tender.
- Whisk the apples vigorously, breaking them up as you go, until the applesauce has a smooth, chunky consistency. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a few shreds of orange zest.