Thursday, 13 August 2015

This week in my kitchen :: Summer Fruit Crumble

It would be telling tales if I said that my cooking choices haven't been influenced by festival food.

There couldn't have been a more extreme selection of places to eat and drink there. From a 1920's themed Champagne Orangery tent with a white picket fenced garden full of beautiful people (just like a scene from The Great Gatsby), exclusive long table banquets hosted by famous chefs, or Petersham Nurseries' Michelin starred restaurant in a tent. To street food. Like worthy Wholefood Heaven's, Buddha Bowls  and The Chai Shop Organic, the tiny tea tent that's solar powered with water heated on a biomass fuelled heat exchanger, humble Good & Proper, tea and crumpets or the crumble shack. Something for everyones' taste from meat eating hedonists to vegan, wholefood, soul-food even foraged, or simple little old me... 

But you probably know by now that it was the wholesome down to earth food that I loved. The Wholefood Heaven's Buddha Bowl was the best thing I've eaten all year. Not sure if it was all that fresh air or that Hannah had invited me to go along with her (how awesome is that...mum's still cool enough to be seen at a festival with, never mind dancing to Bjork with) or maybe it was the music and the ginger beer but it tasted so good. 

Their Buddha bowl (that's won awards) is a noodle box filled with a vegan Massaman curry with new potatoes, pineapple and soya chunks, carrot and homemade kimchi pickle, flash steamed kale, organic brown rice and omega seeds. 

Apparently the Massaman curry is Thai but with Persian origins. I will try and make it when I get all the ingredients but I made up a concoction that was as close as I could with what I had to hand when I got home and added prawns and salmon; and what I thought was brown rice in the cupboard but was actually brown rice noodles...So not quite there, but scrumptious too. 

But I am on a crumble mission. We didn't manage to get to the crumble shack but once home I began making them with a vengeance. And I was hungry, so it was a quick root in the fruit bowl and cupboards that produced:

My Summer fruit crumble

Ingredients for four people:
  • half a dozen small shrivelled apricots 
  • a baking apple or any seasonal fresh fruit
  • porridge oats
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup
  • light soft brown sugar 
  • vanilla extract
  • a little ground cinnamon

  1. Pre-heat your oven to about 200-220c/400-425f/gas mark 6-7
  2. Wash, cut in half and de-stone the apricots and place them in an oven proof dish. If using a baking apple peel,core and cut into eights or sixteenths depending on the size of the apple and add them too.
  3. Sprinkle with a little soft brown sugar and ground cinnamon.
  4. I have no quantities for this but have made it twice and it just works. Take a big spoonful of coconut oil and add to a saucepan. Heat until it melted, pour in a big drizzle of maple syrup and a few drops of vanilla extract.
  5. Add  couple of handfuls of porridge oats and stir well. 
  6. Put this topping on top of the fruit.
  7. Bake for about half an hour or so until the fruit is tender and the crumble golden brown and a little crunchy.

This is delicious I could eat the whole thing just to myself (and almost did). The topping is crunchy and chewy not like some crumbles that can taste a bit like sawdust. The coconut oil gives a subtle coconut hint, the maple syrup and soft brown sugar...just a sprinkling but added an earthy fudgy toffee depth and the fruit...mmm...something else. I have tried this with nectarines too...heavenly...and if the oats aren't produced near any products with gluten, this recipe is gluten free and vegan...

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's orange and dried fruit salad is amazing too. It's called Carroty Dried Fruit Salad and you can find it on page 330 of River cottage Light and Easy: Recipes for Every Day. It's a lovely alternative to usual salads with dried fruit that plumps up and softens in the juice of fresh lemon and orange.

Oh and the on the list...I will try and make them...

But what about you...where do you find your food inspiration?



  1. Oh boy! You're tempting me once again, Debby! Your photographs are what food should look like. The doctors always suggest that you eat a rainbow for optimum health, and it sure looks like your family does. Bet you all just glow with good health. That curry intrigues me, I had a Persian friend in college and every once in a great while he would cook up something exotic on a hotplate for me. Beautiful man, lovely memories. Anyway, if you ever figure out the recipe, please post it!

    Have the loveliest of weekends


    1. I love fruit and nuts and vegetables. Your experience sounds typical of Persian hospitality, especially when it comes to food! I asked Ahmad about the Massaman curry and he hadn't heard of it before but a quick google told me the main ingredients for the spice and I will at some point have a go at making it. It was really delicious. If I manage to do so I'll definitely post the recipe.
      I hope that yours is the loveliest too Jane.

  2. I would like to try that bowl. It looks so good and the description sounds even better. Now that we are once more two people I can focus on new recipes and ideas :)

    1. It was so good. I'm really tempted to their recipe book they've just published. But I would be so disappointed if the recipe isn't in it! Have fun finding new recipes.

  3. i find my inspiration right here!!! You are amazing. I really look forward to each of your posts!!!

    1. Aw, thank you Steph. You know where I get most of my knitting inspiration don't you? You are responsible for most of the knitting patterns in my queue all ready filed away on desktop.

  4. hi debby,
    your food looks delicious. thanks for the inspiration. the river cottage book is on my wishlist.
    have a nice week,

    1. Hi Regina, thank you. I hope that you get a copy of the book. Maybe you will do for Christmas.
      I hope you have a lovely one too.

  5. Thanks again. I've been looking for one for ages. I really wanted to get a vintage one but couldn't find one the right size. Then I spotted this in a little shop in Hay-on-Wye. When I got home I realised that it was made the Garden Trading company. I've found them on-line but they only seem to do them in stone colour. Here's a link to them: -


    1. I did find the same colour in the Regina. It's called shutter blue.