You know when you watch a film or a TV series…like…Midsummer or Last of the Summer Wine?
Well I guess that’s totally my life right now.
Someone at work did once say to me, “Aw your life is practically set in sepia and everyone rides a bike with a basket!“
But that’s definitely a pretty accurate description.
I’m happiest when I’m in my kitchen, pottering away, baking and creating something wonderful for everyone at home – frilly apron and all!
And home is where it begins though isn’t it?
A sunny but breezy afternoon at my parents where from the kitchen, I can see nothing but blue skies and trees whilst hearing only the sound of chickens, that ‘damn donkey’ or birds tweeting.
My Dad is making my evening meal: Beef and barley dumpling stew on his daughter’s demand.
And I’m whipping up a crumble, stuffed with rhubarb that he and Mum have grown and just pulled straight from the soil.
Sometimes you gotta just stop, look at the view and live life a little slower, because perfect days like today don’t come around too often…
Rhubarb and orange crumble
130z rhubarb, washed and chopped in to 1cm pieces
Juice from half a large orange
The zest of half a large orange
The flesh of half a large orange, with no pith and cut in to 1cm cubes
6oz plain flour
3oz cold cubed butter
3oz white sugar
Sprinkling of cinnamon
3 extra teaspoons of sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (electric fan)
Place the chopped rhubarb, orange zest, juice and cubes in to a shallow oven dish.
Sprinkle on the extra teaspoons of sugar.
In a bowl, place the butter, flour, sugar and pinch of cinnamon and rub through your fingers until you have a fine crumble consistency.
Evenly pour the crumble mix on top of the rhubarb and orange and bake for 30 minutes – or until the crumble has browned.
Turn the dish halfway through cooking.
Then you can eat and taste the flavours of home, the zest of life and maybe a little soil from the garden aha!