In times like these… drink coffee. I’ve been drinking lots of coffee.
I’ve been feeling helpless;
I’ve been laughing at memes;
I’ve been picking flowers from the garden;
I’ve been browsing through my cookbooks, my endless number of cookbooks;
I’ve been doing anything to try and take my mind off what’s happening in the world right now.
I’ve been trying to find pleasure in the everyday things in life; the simple things in life.
The little things.
And speaking of the little things in life…
If you came to our house, you’d notice that SBS food is always on in the background (even if I have seen most of the episodes before) and to add to the chaos, it’s often competing with ABC Kids or some other show on Netflix blaring from the other telly.
If you came to our house, you’d notice that the rocks near the water tank are all carefully painted. Painted all colours of the rainbow; those rocks are covered in enough glitter and stickers to keep them looking pretty for many years to come.
If you came to our house, you’d trip over cubbie houses left, right and centre. You’d wonder what the box of Rice Bubbles was doing in the bathroom or why the entire contents of the pantry has been put in to shopping bags and lined up along the hallway; because someone wanted to play “shops”.
If you came to our house you’d see hundreds and thousands; Gosh maybe even millions(!) scattered all over the kitchen table; competing for the space between the leftover breakfast plates, library books, car keys and half eaten bananas. Is there any wonder you’d hear the words “Have you seen my charger?” or “Where’s my sparkly pen?”
If you came to our house you’d find that the washing pile was mountainous (perfect for making another cubby!), the girls’ bedroom – a total mess and the toy room!? One word. Catastrophic!
If you came to our house you’d see why no one wants to play with the Frozen microphone that needs new batteries (did they really run out or could Corks simply not take one more “Let it Go!!”). If you came to our house, you’d go home having to peel the play dough from the sole of your shoe before you walked in the front door.
If you came to our house, you’d go home questioning my housekeeping abilities that’s for sure. You’d go home wondering if all houses of three kids looked the way ours currently does.
But do you know what?
I think that if you came to our house, you’d go home thinking one thing. You’d go home thinking that our girls seemed happy. Happy amongst the mess. Happy that they get to play, get to eat, get to fight with each other, all day long. I’m happy knowing that they’re at an age where they can be shielded from what’s happening in the news. Yes they know that there’s lots of germs going around and we need to wash our hands a lot more than usual, but we’re lucky that they can lose themselves in things like cubby houses, yummy special treats and mess. Happy mess.
And so on this particular sunny Saturday morning with the big girls at the farm with Cork Daddy; I think I heard him say they were going to chase a sheep!?; and with Primmie girl in bed, you’d think I should take this time to get a start on the washing up?
Probably should. I probably should get started on a number of things. But instead, I’m doing something that I enjoy. I’m doing something that I can do to get lost in the ‘little things’, the things that make me happy. To forget about the state of the world in which we’re living.
And nothing makes me happier than sharing my recipes with you. So here’s a terrific recipe for a simple and delicious apple and berry crumble. If cooking makes me happy… eating makes me even happier. If you’re the same – go and do something that makes you happy.
Go and cook. Go and eat. Forget about the mess.
Go and drink coffee.
My thoughts are with everyone who is currently sick or knows someone who is; and to all of those doing their best to look after them. Thank you.
easy apple + berry crumble
You can use any types and combinations of fruit that’s in season. Think pears, rhubarb, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, raspberries, etc. Similarly, you can replace the macadamia nuts with slivered almonds instead.
6 x Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 x cups of frozen mixed berries
The juice and zest of 1 x lemon
1 x cup of plain flour
1 x cup of rolled oats
1 x cup of raw sugar
1 x teaspoon of cinnamon
100 grams of butter cubed
1 x cup of macadamia nut halves
A small knob of butter or canola oil spray, to grease the pie dish
Vanilla ice-cream, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 180℃ and grease a round pie dish with some butter or canola oil spray.
- Simply lay the apples out in a single layer in the pie dish and spread the frozen berries over the top.
- Scatter the lemon zest and juice over the fruit.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Using your finger tips, rub the butter in to the flour mixture until you have a rough, crumbly mixture. Mix through the macadamia nuts.
- Top the fruit with the crumble mixture and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the topping is nicely golden brown and the fruit is bubbly up around the corners.
- Serve hot with vanilla ice-cream.
If you make this crumble, please feel free to comment below. xx