recipe

Nannie Crumble

My grandchildren enjoy the apple crumble I make, but call it Nannie Crumble. Here’s how to create it.

Ingredients for crumble
Ingredients for crumble

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cooking apples
  • 3 oz sugar ( 2 oz for the puree, 1oz for the crumble)
  • 2 oz porridge oats
  • 2 oz self raising flour
  • 2 oz butter

Firstly make the apple puree for the crumble. Peel and roughly chop or slice two or three large cooking apples dropping them into water as you go to prevent them from browning.

When all the apples are chopped, take them out of the water and put them in a saucepan. Add some water to the bottom of the pan to prevent the apples sticking – depending on the variety of apple you may need more or less water. Add 2 oz sugar to sweeten the apples. Cook the apples on a medium heat until soft.

I then mash the apples using a potato masher. You can leave them in soft chunks if you prefer. Put the apples in a baking dish.

Pureed apples
Pureed apples

For this particular dish I used 15 ounces of cooked pureed apples that I had prepared from the apples on my fruit trees and frozen earlier this year.

While the apples are cooking you can prepare the crumble. In a basin put equal quantities (2 oz each) of porridge oats, self raising flour and chopped hard butter. You will also need to add sugar – I use half the quantity of sugar to the other ingredients as I do not like the crumble too sweet.

Oats, flour, sugar and butter for the crumble
Oats, flour, sugar and butter for the crumble

Rub the butter into the other ingredients rolling it between your thumbs and fingers until the whole mix is like large bread crumbs.

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients
Rub the butter into the dry ingredients

Sprinkle the crumble mix on top of the apples and bake in a hot oven (190C) for fifteen to twenty minutes until the crumble is golden.

Nannie Crumble ready to eat
Cooked Nannie Crumble

Eat either hot or cold with custard or cream or ice cream.

My grandchildren like eating the crumble cold with custard. I place the crumble in the middle of a dish making an island with the custard. Sometimes I add swishes of custard around the crumble so that it is a flower with custard petals. How do you like to eat it?

Enjoy!

recipe

Delicious tomato soup

This year we have had so many tomatoes, I’ve made a lot of soup with the recipe my mother always used. It is very simple and is done in the microwave. The quantities make about 2 ½ pints of soup.

Ingredients

ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1 oz butter
  • medium onion
  • 1 ½ lbs tomatoes
  • 1 ½ oz plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ pint milk
  • salt and pepper
  • ¾ pint hot chicken stock

Start by chopping an onion. Add to a mixing bowl with 1 oz butter. I use a mixing bowl as that is perfect for holding all the ingredients. Cook in the microwave for four minutes.

Cooked chopped onion and butter in mixing bowl
Cooked chopped onion and butter in mixing bowl

While that is cooking, roughly chop 1 ½ pounds tomatoes and add to the butter and onion mix when it is done. My tomatoes are small cherry tomatoes, but any sizes are fine.

Chopped tomatoes
Chopped tomatoes

Now add the flour, tomato puree, celery salt, caster sugar, dried basil, milk, salt and pepper to the mix. Stir the ingredients together.

Tomatoes and other ingredients ready to cook
Tomatoes and other ingredients ready to cook

Return the bowl to the microwave and cook for a further ten minutes. I cover the bowl with a pyrex lid from a casserole dish to prevent splashes in the microwave.

Meanwhile prepare the stock. I use three chicken oxo cubes dissolved in ¾ pint of very hot water. When the tomato mix has finished cooking in the microwave, remove and stir in the hot stock.

Hot stock
Hot stock

The soup is now cooked. It needs to be liquidised and then sieved to remove the pips and skin. My liquidiser is only small so I do a small amount at a time, then put that into the sieve so it can be draining while I liquidise the next portion.

Cooked soup, liquidised and sieved
Cooked soup, liquidised and sieved

Squash the pips and skins gently against the sieve so that the liquid goes through but nothing else.

The soup is now complete and ready to eat.

Tomato soup ready to eat
Tomato soup ready to eat

I usually eat some straight away and freeze the rest, ready to eat on those cold winter days to bring back the memories of summer. Enjoy!

Books, nature

The jay who lost his feathers

Nannie RaRa has written the second book for younger children. This time it is about a jay who lost his distinguishing blue feathers.

The book was inspired by a jay that came into Nannie’s garden. She took photographs of it, and turned them into watercolour paintings. The story of Jason Jay was woven around the paintings.

Jason Jay has lost his blue feathers. He asks for help from Monty Mole and Sonia Snail who do their best to find the blue and white striped feathers but to no avail. It is only when he steps into the ants nest that he finds his missing feathers.

Jason Jay asks Monty Mole for help
Jason Jay asks Monty Mole for help
Sonia Snail slowly makes her way to the flowerbed
Sonia Snail slowly makes her way to the flowerbed
The ants crawled all over Jason Jay
The ants crawled all over Jason Jay
Nannie saw Jason Jay with his blue feathers
Nannie saw Jason Jay with his blue feathers

The book is available both electronically and as a paperback from Amazon. I hope you enjoy reading it.

The jay who lost his feathers: paperback

The jay who lost his feathers: ebook

Books, nature

Bobbie Robin’s red feathers

Nannie RaRa has published a new book, Bobbie Robin’s red feathers, written originally for her youngest grandchildren.

The story is about Bobbie Robin who started life as an egg in the nest box in Nannie’s garden. When he left the nest box he couldn’t wait to have red feathers, but it wasn’t that easy.

Bobbie tried to make red feathers with paint, then jelly and finally red lipstick, but none worked as he expected.

The book is illustrated throughout with delightful watercolours by Nannie RaRa. The paintings were based on photographs taken of robins who had indeed laid eggs in the nest box in Nannie’s garden. The eggs hatched and the fledglings wandered about the garden.

Bobbie Robin on the paint pot
Bobbie Robin on the paint pot
Bobbie Robin putting jelly on his chest
Bobbie Robin putting jelly on his chest
Bobbie Robin brushing past the leaves
Bobbie Robin brushing past the leaves

Young Bobbie Robin
Young Bobbie Robin
Bobbie Robin with his red feathers
Bobbie Robin with his red feathers

The book is available both electronically and as a paperback from Amazon. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Bobbie Robin’s red feathers: ebook

Bobbie Robin’s red feathers: paperback

Cover of Bobbie Robin's red feathers