Hit and almost a Miss in the kitchen

We have been spoilt with home produce this week having been given some runner beans and a cucumber when we returned from our mini break, and at the weekend some rhubarb by our neighbours who run an allotment. I must say it was absolutely delicious, needing very little sugar and my crumble topping was an experiment following a conversation with C about cooking desserts in the microwave and no recipe!

pear-crumble pear-crumble-2
My first effort was with a couple of pears we’d asked if we could pick off the tree in one of the gardens up the road.
The pears were firm so I sliced and cooked them first, then put them in a pyrex bowl and covered the fruit with my topping, cooking it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
I served Hubby’s with custard and I had quark on mine.
It was nice, but a little dry, so I thought this particular mix would be better with a fruit that was wetter and juicier.

The rhubarb was perfect, and I cooked it until it was just beginning to soften, draining off as much of the liquid as I could.
In the past, I would have used the liquid in a jelly as it gives it an extra zing.
rhubarb-crumble rhubarb-crumble-2

As with all fresh fruit, sweetening is up to the individual, so I will leave that to you.
I used 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in the rhubarb and one teaspoon of brown sugar on top.
The topping is so easy, and you don’t even get your hands sticky as it’s equal amounts of rolled porridge oats and granola cereal (no fat, no sugar, no flour).
The granola cereal I prefer is quite high on the syns list having 8 for a 45g portion.
However, there are lesser varieties available, and if you like muesli, I suppose you could use that instead.

The rhubarb produced enough additional liquid to be absorbed by the oats and kept the mix moist but not hard. Again, Hubby had his custard, and I had quark.
It worked and I’ve made it again since, so I’m glad to say I’m still Queen of the Crumbles!
royal crown
Also this week, we have had a cooked breakfast of ham and eggs at home (no syns)
ham-and-eggsand those runner beans went beautifully with a pork chop, new potatoes in their skins, carrots and stuffing (4 syns).
pork-dinnerThe main meals this week though have been mostly salad of some description.
Hubby had his chicken breast with rice and a curry sauce, and today he had McCheese whereas I mixed some cooked pasta with ham for me (syns for mayo only).
chicken-and-mushroom-salad ham-and-pasta-salad

I have a little detective work to do next time I’m in the supermarket as the Baby Leaf salad mix I’ve had these past two days has had a hint of mint in it. I am wondering if it is included in the mix, as although I’m not too keen on the rest of it (mainly watercress), it enhances the flavour of everything else on the plate so I’m thinking of getting some dried mint to sprinkle on the top of my meals for variety.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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One Response to Hit and almost a Miss in the kitchen

  1. Bernadette says:

    Delicious and healthy eating.

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