Apple Crumble(v) and A Missed Easter

We made a use it up crumble.

And here is the recipe. It’s totally vegan unless you choose otherwise; so stay wild moon child and eat this to your own taste, vegan or not its delish.

Baked apple crumble, straight from the oven.
A recipe for a classic favourite, with a vegan twist.

Ingredients

120g Plain Flour
60g Vegan Buter
60g Caster Sugar
40g Oats

A round about method (and commentary).

Get your hands in! Rub the butter into the flour until a breadcrumb consistency. We like a mixture of fine and larger breadcrumbs. Add the oats and sugar and mix it well.

For this particular crumble I peeled 5 small apples we had left over in the fruit bowl and 2 small pears. I sliced the apples and chopped the pear in to cubes, threw them in the old school enamel pie dish we inherited from Mans Nan (we lost her just before Christmas and we miss her so). I mixed in about 30g of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon because, well cinnamon and apple; enough said.

Cover it over with your crumble topping (great to mix in a handful of chopped pecans if you have them too) bake for about an hour until golden and crisp on top. I use a gas oven currently and I go medium to low heat for this one.

Enjoy your crumble – served with custard, ice cream, cream or your fave vegan alternative. I had a bit with alpro plain yogurt. Delish.

Dog pretending not to look at a bowl of apple crumble
Aro the dog looking at our homemade apple crumble.

We’ve had an indoor/outdoor kind of day. We’re in week 3 of lock down and these days are merging into one. Don’t know what day it is most hours and the fact is, it could be three months of this. I’m hoping to utilise some of the time to plan and knock out some publishables in prep for post lock down days, back to work times and ‘normality’ (what ever that is). In the meantime, we will cook, bake, laugh, love, play, make a mess (constantly), clean up the messes, drink wine, write, create and just be in our home.

Little girl in the grass with a watering can plant pot
Dee sits in the grass with her nuby cup and some sweet yellow flowers in a watering can.

As always, I am grateful for all that I have right here. I am however missing my family and my friends. I miss nipping to mum’s for a cuppa and a 3 hour chat. I miss randomly getting together with my sister and brothers, my friends, and of course my Grandma who is more isolated than ever. I miss my sweet nieces and my nephew. And we have fully missed my mum’s and step dad’s Easter Gathering with all of that side of my family. The Easter Bake Off competition we do, which I’ve been band from by the way (untouchable skills you see), the kids Easter hunt and just being together; laughing and enjoying the company. Until we can, know we miss you the most, love you the most and cant wait to see you.

L, xox

Garden Tales: The Watering Can Edition

Finally the post I have been most excited to write. I couldn’t because it hadn’t happened yet, but now it has. We have now got a filled and set up veg plot. When I say plot I do mean raised bed. It maybe small but it has been highly anticipated in my household, well at least by me.

We started with some old decking that was plaguing the garden when we moved here last year. We cut it into 6ft and 2ft pieces and joined with extra long screws (very technical I know, but we were winging it and didn’t have too much to hand). We’ve lined it with pond liner tapped in with some small nails and made drainage holes in the bottom. I’ve layered in some torn up cardboard because I had read that somewhere (admittedly I cant remember where now), then the compost. Since we’ve been on covid-19 induced lock down, we’ve been sourcing everything we can as locally as we can. When I found out our local garden place was offering a delivery service I got super excited. I ordered what I thought were going to be seeds, picking tomatoes, chilies, kale, lettuce and mini cucumber. They arrived at my door and they were not seeds in small paper packets, but seedlings; growing already and perfectly ready for transplanting.

Dee, of course, helped out. Sticking her dirt covered fingers in to the soil over and over. She was loving every second. She’s a little bit rough with the seedlings and determined to water them – a lot. More especially when my grandma sent over a small watering can for her that she no longer used any more, Dee will certainly use it. All the time. She is already trying, I mean we just had to go out and water it all again before bedtime.

I’ve also planted some seeds, along side a kitchen scrap celery stalk. We’ve done some beets, radish and leeks. I am waiting for runner beans to arrive and a couple of other seeds. Feel like I’m starting a little late, but this is all about trial and error for us. I am seriously hoping that my Grandad is watching from where ever he may be now and is sending his wisdom about everything plant based. He passed just about a year ago this week, and my heart aches for him. I miss him dreadfully. I keep revisiting a post which I published last year close to him passing; My Grandad; Snippets from Charlie. I equally smile and cry when I think of him at the moment.

Watering (lightly) twice daily at the moment, results are anyone’s guess. I will however keep you updated. Keeping the little busy in between watering times feels like Easter exploded all over the downstairs of my house. We’ve been painting, sticking, making, baking, painting some more and of course eating our bakes. And that’s just been today. Please feel for all parents out there at the moment, not having the ability to take a walk to public park and let them kiddos run wild for an hour is a killer. Check on your parent friends, we are run ragged.

Off to sink some Gin, but I wish you all have the best Easter Weekend and stay as sane as humanly possible.

Love and Bunny Hops,

L, xox

Easter Monday

Starting my sugar detox today. I’m starting out on changing my lifestyle, and I have this idea that writing about it on a daily basis will keep me accountable for my choices.

I’m starting with the goal drinking 2-3 litters a day. Cutting out all processed sugars, and eating more veggies. It’s basically what we all should be doing anyway. I’ve done it in previous years, but ideally want to get back to being myself before my 30th birthday. We are on count down now you see – 6 months to go till the be three-o. There’s that and our date-less, but inevitably impending wedding.

Today was a relatively a good day – apart from the additional dash of Easter choc. It was always going to be a tough day with chocolate in the house from Easter. The plan is to pack it all of with man to work tomorrow – problem solved. Then I’ll get my workouts in and a yoga sesh. It’s just sticking to it. Hence talking about it here. Let’s be accountable.

Today my meals included: a Healthy Mummy Smoothie for breakfast, Spicy Carrot soup for lunch and Chicken Pad Thai for dinner. All very tasty, and will be revisiting each meal, especially the Pad Thai. That’s going on the fake-away list.

Making a list in my journal tonight to crack on with tomorrow including some blogging work and keeping healthy choices. Love a good list. Any excuse to use some sweet stationery here.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter and recover from over indulgence quickly.

Xox, L.

Mirror Glaze Mousse Cake

Firstly happy freaking Easter! From us to you, we’re sending each one of you warm wishes.

Our annual family Easter bake off came today. Always a pleasure to spend time in the company of family. Roast beef dinner with all the trimmings cooked by mum. Puds covered by us, the kids.

Ollie and Kristy made cheesecakes in Easter eggs – oh my goodness.

Amy and Charlie created a chocolate orange cheesecake. Which tasted divine with all is orangey chocolate goodness and the WINNERS of this year’s bake off. Well done guys. This was so good.

Then Lee bob, made some amazing protein bars. Lee is mega in to his health and fitness and I need to get the recipe for these bad boys because I’m going sugar detox tomorrow.

Man and I made the mirror glaze mousse cake. I’ve been dying to give a mirror glaze a go and I finally had an excuse. I was so excited to try out this idea I had butterflies when I got to the glaze part. How sad is that.

I used this link for the recipe. It was pretty good. I kept it in the freezer overnight and made the glaze the night before and heated it this morning to pour over.

So loved making this cake. Have a go. I urge you to try it.

Xox, L