Saturday, 25 November 2017

Hygge, heiter, cosy .....


.....whatever you like to call it, Millie the cat has it cracked.


Millie is a recent addition to our family. She arrived by default; a rescue cat whom we 'fostered' for a few weeks when dear daughter couldn't look after her and who has now made her home permanently here!
And she certainly knows how to do cosy.

This morning was very cold and frosty.
Time for warm blankets, candles in the evening and comfort food.
'Tis the season for crumble!

With some of the plums from the summer's huge harvest still in the freezer, I decided on a plum crumble with the addition of chunks of dark chocolate and some toasted hazelnuts.


But when the plums had defrosted they had, for some unknown reason, a distinctly 'off' flavour. 
Feeling rather disappointed, I rummaged around in the cupboard and found a tin of pears which made a good substitute.

So here is pear crumble, with oats, dark chocolate and hazelnuts.
I tend to go with Delia's recipe for the crumble mix, but I replace half the flour with oats and in this case added some dark chocolate broken into chunks ( as much as you dare!) and some toasted, chopped hazelnuts to taste.




Serve warm with cream or custard.
Guaranteed to cheer up a grey cold day!

Annie
x



Monday, 13 November 2017

more apples ...



Here we are nearly half way through November. Bonfire night has come and gone.
Did you celebrate?
We  had a few sparklers in the garden with Tiny Girlie and warmed ourselves with soup and jacket potatoes.
Then cosied up in front of a log fire and ate chestnuts roasted in the embers.

Oh and cake.
There was more cake. Made from more apples.


A simple, rustic style cake, with apples, walnuts and raisins ...


fragrant with cinnamon and ginger.



Winter is tightening her grip on the weather. Today has been so cold.
There is even talk of a white Christmas.
We shall see!