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Apples ready?

Come on in, coffee is a Santa Cruz roast, the beans freshly ground. Something we brought back from our summer trip in California. Which seems so long ago as we open the curtains on 2nd weekend in September. The weather has distinctly changed, the long over due rain is no longer an issue as the city back turns back to its dreich and atmospheric self. I have a view of a bowling green out back, almost perfectly flat, the onslaught of rain showing the imperfections as the grass fails to drain. The sheer amount of water forming pools on the surface.

I missed last weeks share, we crammed so much into the weekend that I missed my slot of summarising. Saturday our first for a while in town, we took the opportunity to do our full on loop, taking in the weekly farmers market by the castle and back via Morningside. Roughly a good eight miles door to door.

Swept up a couple of organic veggies, sea bass and some brambles. Inspired by the guardians blackberry and beetroot salad that appeared a couple of weeks ago.

We had that small window to fit in a gardening session, long overdue. I hadn’t cut the grass in about seven weeks…yes before California. It’s been so dry and not needed it.

Not sure if the apples were ready, but went for a few, along with a couple stalks of rhubarb and kicked off the the crumble season.

There was chat at the table, other people families claiming there crumble was the best crumble and I kept quiet. My son continued, it felt like they’d just used breadcrumbs and I couldn’t understand why wouldn’t they add oats. Ours is the best crumble he proclaimed! I smiled and enjoyed the moment. Crumble is last meal territory for my wife and so easy to make…why wouldn’t you add oats. Every now and again I deviate, I might add a few ground nuts or try a different cook book recipe. We just enjoy it for the experimentation and a little self assurance knowing regardless of the fruit we will always come back to an oat and whole meal topping.

Sunday and we were back through to Glasgow, furniture assembly, fixing the cooker hood, replacing bulbs and putting up curtains. Things always take longer than you think and the minutes fly by absorbed in the list of jobs. The day flew by.

I’d made a Lasagna the night before so son number two only had to put it in the oven whilst we made our back over the central belt. Dinner on arrival.

The house is sleeping as I write this, it’s move in day today. The hall stacked with the items he’d brought back at the start of summer. I can picture this happening over the city as other parents prepare their vehicles and their young adults for another year of opportunity and learning. There will be tears, hopefully less than last year and sense of relief that we’ve entered into year two.


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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16 Comments

  1. trentpmcd

    A nice view for the farmer’s market – I’m ready to come back and see that view again 😉 We had some much needed rain as well – much needed but I am still grumbling.
    Hope you have a great week.

    • chef

      Hard not to grumble about the rain, and yes much needed. The view is quite crazy, the whole idea of building something like that on top of the rock makes sense for why. Making it work and doing it, still impresses me and I can’t help admire it every time I hit that market.

  2. Writing Sparkle

    I’m feeling inspired to make a crumble treat now. . . apple crumble with a berry might be on the menu. Thanks for the virtual coffee.

    • chef

      I love adding berries, and seeing the bubbles come up the side.

  3. Gary A Wilson

    Nope – one cannot make a crumble (except that we often call it a ‘crisp’) without the oats.
    Sorry, but one must draw the line somewhere.
    I wonder how they would taste with onions.?
    Or black beans ?

    • chef

      Thanks for putting a smile on my face Gary!

  4. Kirstin

    I love a good crumble or crisp depending on where you’re from…I always use oatmeal. I never even heard of it with bread crumbs.

    • chef

      I guess it’s whatever comes to hand, I’m so glad I discovered the oat version though.

  5. Thistles and Kiwis

    I love a good crumble – I either make mine with just flour or a mix of flour and oats.

    • chef

      I definitely grew up with the flour version. Discovered the oat recipe about twenty years a go and it just stuck.

  6. Janet Alcorn

    Mmm… crumble… And yes, crumble should have oats. If you want something more flour-based, that’s cobbler 🙂

    And now I’m hungry.

    • chef

      I like your definition of crumble vs cobbler!

  7. Joanne

    We haven’t been to orchard to get apples yet this year but I am hoping to get some this week; we like oatmeal in our apple crumble too!

  8. Maria

    How fun to do a tour of local places of interest, especially when it includes a farmer’s market.

    Naturally an apple crumble needs oat 🙂 Yours look scrumptious. The apples in our region are ready. I don’t have an apple tree, but I do enjoy a lot of apples. I am hoping to plant an apple tree in the spring. I would really like that, and I have the space now. Our family eats a lot of apples, so it would make sense.

    Have a great week!

    • chef

      We planted the trees about four years ago, dwarf trees so they wouldn’t get too big, probably too close to the wall. I think they need pruning now, and I’m not sure how. Something to do after the harvest. Also had a dream to have a damson tree, I planted that last year. Lots of leaves this year, hopeful for next!

      • Maria

        How exciting!

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