>> Thursday, August 18, 2011
Take your head outta the books once in a while yea? There's so much more you can learn outside the books.
Play more basketball, there's still a chance you could grow taller.
Ten minutes of piano and violin just before the lessons ain't the way to go. You will find that music will stay with you for life and become one of your escapes during the times you're down.
Matching jeans and denim jackets? No!
Slow down, stop worrying - you're doing fine. You can't be everything you want to be...but you'll eventually see the bigger picture in life that's found in your faith in the Lord Jesus.
You don't hang with the cool kids and you'd rather hang in the library at lunch time. But deep down, you wish you could be less awkward and fit in. Guess what, one day you're actually going to laugh at all this and think, who'd want to 'fit in' when you can be...you? You'll get me one day.
Don't be scared of talking to boys. They might seem like another species right now, but they aren't as scary as you might think and one day they will actually shower instead of pile on the cologne (most of them anyways).
Everytime you want to roll your eyes at your parents? Don't. They might not always be right. But they're probably just scared about raising a teenager and are still learning. So be nice. And one day, you'll come to understand the all sacrifices they made for you to be where you are.
Put more effort in Chinese School (and don't cheat in tests!). You'll find the importance of the language as you grow up and ponder about your culture and identity.
What are you doing to your body? Those potato chips, choc chip cookies, snicker bars and ice-cream every day ain't gonna help you fit into that dress for your cousin's wedding (true but sad story). A fruit crumble would've been a better choice perhaps.
Cherish your friends. Some will stay with you for years to come.
Be grateful everyday.
And when in doubt, pray.
So the other day I made a fruit crumble using all the fruits that I have in my fridge....
Pineapple, apples (I used both Granny Smith and Fuji), cherries and frozen blueberries.
Maybe I'll call it the clean-up-your-fridge crumble.
And I couldn't wait to try the healthier crumble idea from Heidi's cookbook Super Natural Everyday, which uses spelt flour, oats and poppy seeds! I also added in some walnuts just because...nuts are good.
Toss all the fruits together with a little bit of corn starch. Depending how sweet the fruits you are using, I didn't add any additional sugar to the fruit mix and it was sweeeet as already!
A good idea is to make the crumble mixture into patties and freeze them slightly before you break them into different sized pieces!
Bake away until bubbling and golden brown...
I am just realising now that I didn't add a scoop of ice-cream as usual...I actually forgot. I must've been side-tracked. Because eating the fruit crumble by itself was...so good. It was like having a delicious fruit party in your mouth. And the poppy seed/oat crumble? It's crunchy, it's light and addictive. I will be using this for many more future crumbles in my life.
I have also realised that I have more crumble recipes on this blog than anything else! Five in total! I guess then if there's a type of dessert that describes me, it must be a fruit crumble :D
Adapted from Natural Home and Garden
Serves 8 to 10
- 3/4 cup / 3 oz / 85 g spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour (I used spelt)
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup / 1.5 oz / 45 g rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (a handful)
- 1/2 cup / 2.5 oz / 70 g natural cane sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1/3 cup / 2.5 oz / 70 g unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon all-natural cornstarch
- 1/3 cup / 1.5 oz / 45 g natural cane sugar or muscovado sugar (I omitted this because the fruits are already so sweet!)
- 11/2 cups / 6 oz / 170 g blueberries (frozen)
- 1/2 medium sized pineapple, diced
- 2 Granny Smith apple + 1 Fuji apple, diced
- 11/2 cups / 6 oz / 170 g sweet cherries, halved and pitted
- 1/4 cup / 1 oz / 30 g dried currants (omitted)
- 1/4 cup / 60 ml Beaujolais wine (omitted)
Note: The original recipe calls for strawberries, raspberries and dried currants as well as cherries.
1. Preheat the oven to 375F / 190C with a rack in the middle of the oven. Butter an 8-inch / 20cm square baking dish.
2. To make the crumble, mix together the flour, poppy seeds, oats, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Use a fork to stir in the melted butter. Divide the mixture into three portions and use your hands to form three patties. Place the patties in the bowl and freeze for at least 10 minutes, or until you’re ready to bake.
3. Make the filling by whisking together the cornstarch and sugar in a large bowl. Add the blueberries, apples, pineapple, cherries and toss until evenly coated. Wait 3 minutes, add the Beaujolais, and toss again.
4. Transfer the filling to the prepared baking dish. Remove the topping from the freezer and crumble it over the filling, making sure you have both big and small pieces.
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the topping is deeply golden and the fruit juices are vigorously bubbling. Let cool a little before serving, 20 to 30 minutes.
Happy weekend ahead :)
What would you say to your sixteen-years-old self?