The McIntosh Apple celebrates its 201st Birthday in 2012

My public school teacher Mrs. Sanderson used to eat the entire apple, seeds, blossom end and all. It always fascinated me to watch her crunch through everything. Leaving nothing, just like a rabbit nibbling an entire carrot, top and all. I learned quite a few things from her, but I still toss out apple cores and stems.

Next time you’re at a market or produce section of a supermarket pick up a few McIntosh apples. You’ll see them in stores between mid-September to May. When you crunch into the white juicy flesh think, ponder this.  The McIntosh originated as a chance seedling by John McIntosh of Dundela, Ontario.Every McIntosh tree and apple in the world is a descendent of the original McIntosh tree.  The McIntosh apple represents approximately 25 per cent of Ontario’s total acreage.

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Red peppers are good for you.

Red peppers are good for you. This is a good example of an understatement. They are extremely good for you and oh so good when they’re roasted. I met a guy once who said that he ate an entire sweet red pepper every morning. How monotonous.

I just made a spectacular open faced sandwich on bread that had chewy whole grains nestled here and there.  I topped the bread with a glistening thin layer of mayo and  then skinny slices of feta cheese. It went like this. One piece of cheese for the cook and one for the sandwich.

Then I added two  generous pieces of roasted red pepper. Mine came out of a jar. On top of that went sliced onions, thinly sliced cucumbers, a few rings of hot peppers and a kalamata olive as a garnish. Harry, my husband loves this sandwich too, so we ate the same things for lunch three days in a row. More than three days and it might have become monotonous.