I was disappointed to read that “apple of my eye” probably refers to the pupil of my eye. It has been used in many Biblical quotations, usually in connection with protecting someone. For example, in Psalm 17:8 7:8: “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings”.
I prefer to think of the expression as meaning someone you like very much.
“She’s the apple of my eye.
As I peeled many, many apples, the wheels turned in my head.
“What a silly expression! Do I want to be the apple in someone’s eye? How dumb is that?”
But old expressions are often like that, and the meaning changes over the centuries.
Luckily, the apple hasn’t changed much. It is still tasty enough to tempt anyone to risk being tossed out of the Garden of Eden.
In my little garden, far from Eden quality, I have lots of apples. Too many to eat all at once, even after sharing many with friends (without tossing them out of the garden).
It is time though, to do something with the last of the apple harvest. I have enough frozen apples, and I’ve eaten all I want for the moment. I can only bake so much before we have to go to Weight Watchers. So what to do?
Last week we had friends over for a visit and they brought us apples they had dried in slices. The light came on in my dull head. Didn’t I have a dehydrator in my pantry? I hauled it out and got busy.
The dehydrator has five trays that sit over a little heater and fan. Load the trays with fruit, stack them, put the lid on, open the vent on top, plug in the dehydrator, and then go read a book while they dry (for several hours). You might want to choose a nice long book like “War and Peace” or “Gone With the Wind.” It takes a while.
I peeled my apples, but it’s not necessary. Personal choice. As the bottom tray had some dried apple pieces ready, I took them out and put them into a bowl and re-filled the empty space on the trays with some banana slices. I suppose you can try drying just about anything. Herbs from the garden, for example.
The dried fruit makes a delicious and healthy snack when it’s done.