Apple and blackberry crumble

Not content with dishing up a rack of bananalicious flapjacks (see previous post) Shana, later in the afternoon, also rustled up a mighty fine apple and blackberry crumble (easily as good if not better than any shop bought equivalent, and believe me we have eaten a few of those in our time). We devoured the crumble, topped with lashings of custard, for our late afternoon/early evening meal and the crumble is now all (repeat, ALL) gone. Hence no pics. Just grab an empty mixing bowl and stare at the inside for a moment and you too can recreate the ALL GONE experience 🙂

As ever, Shana’s portions were so generous that I eschewed a side plate of chips.  Having demonstrated such great restraint, I can only pencil in the margins of this blog the following note: ‘If hungry later, only self to blame.’


Banana & Date Flapjacks

It’s been years since I’ve baked flapjacks, I couldn’t justify pigging out on all that sugar, so I’ve been trying to find a healthier recipe, and finally I have, thanks to Messrs Sainsburys.

It may not be one of the most artistic photos, but I haven’t got time to set the shot up because I’m too busy nomming them…and yes, I am sharing them with Chris because he too donned his pinny and helped by chopping the dates and bananas. I’ve trained him well!!

Banana & Date Flapjacks

250g rolled oats
125g medjool dates, pitted
2 ripe bananas
3 tbsp date nectar
100g melted butter
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp clear honey, to glaze

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20×20 cm baking tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Place the oats in a large bowl, then roughly chop the dates. Roughly chop one of the bananas. Add the dates and bananas to the oats with the date nectar, melted butter and cinnamon and mix until it just comes together. Press into the lined baking tin and smooth the surface. Slice the remaining banana into ½cm thick slices and arrange 16 slices over the surface. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden all over. Leave to cool, then brush with the honey.

We used Whitworths dates instead of the posh ones, just as nice in our opinion, and for the date nectar we used Clarks Date Syrup, which Sainsburys suggest in their shopping list.

Enjoy 🙂

On the menu today…

Cinnamon & Apple crisp for me
High Fibre Concoction for Chris

Finest Sunbaked Cherry Tomato and Basil Oil Tear & Share
Tea (Green tea for me, uber strong for Chris)

Afternoon Tea
Slice of Carrot Cake
Tea (As above)

Home made Mushroom Risotto with Large Flat Forestiere Mushrooms
Tea (As above)

Early Supper
Slice of Carrot Cake
Tea (As above)

The drawbridge at Waffle Towers has been raised and guards posted at strategic locations to keep out the hungry hordes, let the nomming begin!

I am not a bad mom

How do you explain to a kitty that they need to go on a diet?

We have to watch Smoky’s weight closely as we don’t want to put too much strain on his back leg, he’s not always the most active of cats and if he just puts on a few ounces, playing grinds to a halt.

So today I’ve had to stop the kibble ration, and I’m getting glared at, Smoky has had his allowance of two pouches of wet food, and almost taken the varnish of his bowl in an attempt to show how starving he is. I’ve got to be strong, I know I’m not a bad mom, but I’m not sure Smoky understands!