Where do I even begin? As I lay here in bed on my laptop, I have so many wonderful “foodie” things to write about, but I can’t even fathom where to start. I guess the most logical thing would be to apologize to my followers for not blogging as much as I normally do this month. There has been a lot on the go and I haven’t been cooking as often as I normally do. Alternatively, you could blame My Other Half, since he was away (and therefore I was cooking less), and then when he came home, he went on a gigantic grocery run and consequently wanted to cook most nights. Which I’m totally fine with – his meals of late have been out of this world!
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This week was my birthday week. And I say “week”, because it really was a week-long haul. Wednesday was my real birthday, which one absolutely fantastic. I got lots of surprises (I absolutely LOVE surprises) and the day couldn’t have gone better. Then on Saturday I had my first ever Halloween birthday party (which was actually hosted by My Other Half) and it was a smashing success. The quality of costumes was the best I’ve ever seen!
I have the most wonderful family and friends. You all know me so well and never fail to make me feel special during this time of year. Thank you for a wonderful 23rd birthday that I will never forget.
Back to cooking…
Well, as I previously said, there hasn’t been much lately. I had a girlfriend over one night and I made a delicious 15-bean soup (with sausage), but that was cheating since it mostly came from a package which my cousin gave me for my birthday. I also picked up a loaf of cheesy bread (honestly, is there anything better than really good bread?) and whipped up an apple crisp for dessert. Now, I actually did make the apple crisp from scratch, so I’ll share that recipe:
- 4 large apples
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Oven at 375 degrees. Slice and core apples. Cover them in lemon juice, then add sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon and mix well. Transfer to a greased casserole dish, preferably shallow (I like 9x9, the classic square cake pan). For topping, combine flour, butter, oats, brown sugar, remaining cinnamon and salt and mix well with you fingers (no, I’m not kidding, it’s the only way it works). Add walnuts (these aren’t necessary, but I like them). Put topping over the apples. Don’t worry about it being perfect – imperfections just add character. Bake 45 minutes and let sit for 20 after removing from oven.
- Adapted from Nigella Lawson
There you have it. A fantastic and easy recipe for what is probably one of the world’s most popular desserts (well, at least in the Western world, I’d say). Dig in!
I also want to add that my girlfriend (the same one I had for the 15-bean soup, cheesy loaf and apple crisp dinner) went totally overboard and made me cupcakes designed to look like a TV dinner for my birthday. She’s unbelievable and there is seriously no one like her. And yes, folks, everything is not only edible, but it’s sweet and sugary. She definitely hit this one out of the park!
Oh, and as a side note, I got two INCREDIBLE new cook books for my birthday (one is Nigella’s just-released book, “Kitchen”… holy crap! Thanks Roomie!) so I can promise lots more blogging in the near future. I really mean it this time.