Since we’ve moved in, Sundays have come and disappeared faster than a double chocolate cake before my eyes.
Just what have we been doing over Christmas and New Year?
Apart from the obvious: Cooking and eating our way through winter!
But who’s not doing that whilst simultaneously slipping in to some looser pants…
The weekend has passed and me and Mr. GTMHTC have finally been able to just sit, relax, eat, drink wine, watch TV, eat some more and drink some more in our home, on our own for the first time since we’ve moved in.
As Sunday approached, a little person in my head began to quietly chant, “pudding, pudding, pudding” over and over again until Saturday arrived and they became more aggressive like, “PUDDING! PUDDING! PUDDING! EAT SOME BLOODY PUDDING!”
And that’s when it hit me: I haven’t made me and him a sit down meal since living here.
I mean, it’s my favourite thing to do.
To cook us dinner, sit at the table in my newly tidied dining room (thanks Mum!) and just have a chat to him whilst devouring some delicious food I’ve lovingly slaved over, is the ultimate point of weekend for me.
The other point of Sunday’s is dessert.
So we’ll forget the mushy stuff and focus on that shall we?!
So, seen as this was the first ‘together’ meal we’ve had, I couldn’t think of anything more homely than tucking in to a big bowl of crumble?
It’s just what home feels like…
Pear crumble with almonds, nutmeg and ginger
4 slightly over ripe pears, peeled and cored: Half then slice each half in to four
2 tsp flaked almonds
0.5 tsp nutmeg
0.5 tsp groud ginger
1 tsp brown sugar (plus below)
6oz brown sugar
4oz butter, cubed at room temperature
Pears are still in season and I just love them cooked in a crumble. They have such a delicate and sweet taste – just what you need on these cold and bitter nights. I’ve grown up having dinner together on a Sunday; with Dad trying to get pudding out as soon as we’ve taken our last mouthful of chicken and Mum telling him to calm down and wait five minutes. It’s a moment. It’s my one of my fondest memories…
Preheat the oven to 190/200 degrees (fan)
In a bowl, rub together the butter, oats and sugar, until you have crumbled texture.
It won’t be fine and delicate like a flour crumble, but it will breakdown as you continue to rub it through you fingers.
Once done, place your pears in a baking dish and cover with the teaspoon of brown sugar, the nutmeg, almonds and the ginger. Cook for ten minutes just to soften them.
Sprinkle the crumble mix on top.
Cook for about 20 minutes until the crumble is golden.
It’s that easy…
And you know what they say, the simplest of things make us the happiest.
Like cosy nights in with crumble!