Our gooseberry bush

Last year, we had quite a good crop from our little bush that hadn’t been part of our garden all that long.
Not enough to make a pie (smoothie for one perhaps) but with some that were bought I made a crumble which was enjoyed by us all. Hard to believe it’s a year ago since MOH came to stay and the aftermath of the event.

Last month, I took this photograph of our gooseberries, getting all excited as there seemed to be a lot there, though you can’t really see the little pebbles all that well.
Religiously we have been checking for growth, our mouths watering at the thought of another home grown dessert.
But we were too slow in picking them and have been thwarted by the blackbirds. I saw two little buggers having a feast this morning, so we harvested what was left.
Sad, isn’t it. Just fourteen berries and no more coming that I can see.

Not to be deterred, I decided to make a crumble anyway, adding some of the frozen forest fruits I’d bought the other day.
My topping is a little heavy on syns as I use rolled oats (25g has 4½) and today added fruit and nut granola (5½ syns for 25g) though you can use muesli (4½ to 5 for the same weight depending on variety). There’s no sugar or fat though, just a dry mix you put on top of the fruit.
I cooked it in the microwave for three minutes, then for another two while I made Hubby’s instant custard. The topping absorbs the juices from the fruit but stays crunchy on top.

I’ve made this with cooking apples and rhubarb too but added sugar to reduce the tartness.

Photos:       left: bare crumble, centre: his with custard, right: mine with yoghurt

As I said, it’s a little heavy on syns having 5 syns per portion. Hubby’s custard adds 6 syns per 25g dry powder (72g in the packet and I used half, so at least 8 syns) whereas my yoghurt only added 1.

When you don’t have to count the calories or syns, you can mix your oats and other cereal to your own choices and ratios. I usually use half and half.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Our gooseberry bush

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Looks very good, despite the disappointing number of gooseberries. You have, however, made some blackbirds happy.

  2. Sadje says:

    Well at least the birds left some fruit for you.

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