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wild water, bland crumble

September 24, 2012

This morning the rain was a little fainthearted and by 8.30am had given up and retreated. I met Fina, Lisa and their dogs at school (the dogs were in the car – well, so were F&L initially) so, given that meetings at the primary school gates are a thing of the past, we seized the opportunity and went for a walk by the river. The sun came out and the sky cleared and we forgot about our poor children and their new uniforms.

Queen’s Meadow was flooded again and populated by ducks, demonstrating yet again that the name is a little optimistic. The weir was looking its angry best – the volume and speed of  the water travelling over the weir was impressive, forming huge, noisy, peat-coloured, thundering waves crashing relentlessly into the river bed.  Did I have my camera with me? Nope.

I did have a bag with me though so I picked a few blackberries as I walked home. As I’ve said before, blackberries have been a bit small and mean this year – they should be plump and lovely given all the rain we’ve had, but it’s probably something to do with the bees not being around when the flowers were out.

Anyway, in the fridge were two past their best apples and a whole bag of nearly past their best pears, so I though orchard fruit crumble – as you do – with the blackberries adding depth. I chopped the bad bits off the fruit and peeled the remaining bits – giving the peel and the cores to the hamster and the rabbit – and chopped the good bits into a crumble dish. Then I added my blackberries and two tablespoons of demerara sugar and mixed it up. It looked a bit messy, but the blackberries were glistening prettily. I used the last of the wholemeal self raising flour plus a couple of spoonfuls of white flour, the last of the butter in the dish and a couple more spoons of sugar and made a crumble topping which just covered the fruit and then cooked it slowly in the oven.


It was very nice, but a little bland I felt. Perhaps I should have added a chilli…

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