Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

Just thought I'd jot down a favourite recipe of mine (given me to by my friend, K) it's two versions. The first is the "I went shopping and bought all the ingredients" version and the second is the "My husband has bought visitors home for dinner without telling me and now I need to be serving up something more than icecream and ice-magic" version!

Version 1 - Apple and Berry Crumble
7 fresh green apples cored and chopped
1 cup of berries (I use mainly blackberries as we pick them fresh from a friend's farm)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teas grated lemon rind
2 teas of lemon juice

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of plain flour
150g butter
1 teas cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix apples, berries, sugar and lemon in bowl and stir to combine. Transfer to a large ovenproof dish. To make topping, add all the ingredients and mix to combine- or use fingers if that's easier! Spoon the mixture all over the fruit and pat down. Bake for 50 min or until the topping is golden or apple is soft. I often put a baking tray on the top shelf with the Crumble on the bottom shelf, so that the top doesn't get too burnt, for the last 20 min or so.

Serve with custard and icecream!

Version 2
1 large can of tinned apples.
1 cup of frozen blackberries or raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 teas of lemon juice (normally have some frozen in freezer)

Topping - same as above

Method - same as above but cook for 25-30min (as apple is already soft)

Hope you're having a good week. Mine has been TOO busy..and throw in a vomiting child AND a vomiting cat (what the?) and life has been chaos. Here's to better things next week!

Friday, February 4, 2011

A little sewing, a little self-analysis and some gorgeousness!'s been a while since I've been able to post due to some "issues" (and that's me being polite) with our internet service. It's still unresolved but my hubby was worried that I might switch my addiction from the Net to something else ..alcohol, ice etc, so he has got me a Pre-paid Broadband stick thingo (that's the technical term)to tide me over.

The three oldest kidlets went back to school this week so I actually managed to do some sewing for the first time in about 8 weeks. At sewing class I managed to get the last of these blocks done and sewn together.

It's looking a little "busy" so I might have to put some serious thought into borders. Like usual, I have bought the borders before I started the quilt - always worried that I won't be able to find border fabric by the time I get the centre done - and as per usual what I thought would look good probably won't suit. Why do I do that continuously, I wonder??? (that's a rhetorical question...friends, please do not answer! :-))(And why, when I make that smiley face with the colon, dash and end bracket AND then close a bracket, do I always think that I am giving my smiley face a double chin??)

It's made by using a groovy ruler called a Twister. Firstly you sew the layer cake together and then, using the Twister, cut out the blocks from the sewn pieces and resew them again. I know I have made that clear as mud but try this link and it will all make sense! Promise!

And you may remember this - a terrific collaboration by members of the crafting community to raise funds after the Queensland Floods

From Ink and Spindle's auction I bought this lovely quilt kit...I love it!!

They also, very kindly, threw in some of their card packs...lucky me!

Well, I know this post isn't very well formatted but it's the best I can do with my limited time. So have a great week!