Apple Sauce Heals All

15 Feb

It’s true. I have never had a wound that some apple sauce cannot heal. The past couple of days , well I’ve needed my apple sauce. This is fact, has nothing to do with Valentines day. This is stemming from the 13th.

Ok, so if you haven’t gathered by now, I’m living in a foreign country- Ireland to be precise. I’m studying abroad here for the semester, and I love it. I really do. But it’s been a long time since I’ve lived on this side of the world, and for the past 8 years of my life I’ve been in America. Back in America I go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a truly wonderful school. Chapel Hill is heaven on earth. I love it there. That being said, Ireland is just fantastic too. I’m a keen traveller, so I pretty much love everywhere. This week, I had my first bout of homesickness. First off, wednesday was my dad’s birthday, and this was the first time that neither my brother nor myself were with my parents for it. Growing up sucks sometimes. Secondly, it was the Carolina vs. Duke game.

Ok, so first thing you should know about UNC- it’s a really, really, really big college basketball school. I don’t even like basketball but I know so much about UNC basketball because I just can’t avoid it. Duke is about 7 miles down the road from UNC, so it’s a pretty big rivalry, as they’re both huge basketball schools. Ok- pretty big is an understatement. It’s quite possibly the biggest rivalry in college basketball. I have many friends at Duke as well as UNC, so you can imagine my facebook newsfeed for the past week. Relentless, scathing, hatred. Constantly. And believe it or not, this made me miss Chapel Hill. All the fierce carolina pride reminded me what a phenomenal school I go to, and what an incredible bunch of people I get to associate with every day.

Needless to say, I got pretty homesick. And after staying up to watch the game (it started at 2 am my time) UNC lost by 5 points. Cue the apple sauce. I ate apple sauce nonstop for a month last year when I got mono. I eat it when I’m sad. I eat in when I’m happy. In the south, I consider apple sauce a delicacy. So imagine my horror when I couldn’t find it in Ireland! It’s probably somewhere, but not at a price even close to what I could afford. And with that, I bring you to my recipe for homemade apple sauce. Actually the best thing in the world.

Ingredients: makes 4 servings (or 1 if you’re coming off a devastating UNC loss)

4 apples- peeled, cored, and chopped

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (didn’t use it, didn’t need it, could be nice if you liked cinnamon)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the apples as stated above and throw the apples, water and sugar into a pot.

2. Cover and let it simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until apples are soft.

3. Allow to cool, and then mash the apples.

4. Serve and wallow in self pity- if it’s that kind of night.

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Yeah, it’s actually that easy. Preparing the apples actually took me the longest, but set up camp in front of your laptop and with netflix on in the background, it goes by in no time.

And even though apple sauce can’t reverse the score of the game, I will ALWAYS love my tar heels.

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