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Yummy Apple Crumble


For the filling:
5-6 cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered
50 g sugar, to sweeten
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water

For the crumble:
35 g rolled oats
35 g wholemeal flour
20 g caster sugar
35 g margarine or butter

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks.

Combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and water. Turn into the prepared baking pan.

Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter into small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through. I like to sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon:)

Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are hot and crust is golden brown. Serve warm with cream or a scoop of ice cream…and enjoy!


apples and autumn

apples3So I kinda gave up on the ole’ blog for a while…things were busy…but we’re back:) New term, new season and a new chapter!

University is closed this week as it’s Golden Week (in celebration of October 1st 1949 the memorial day for the founding of the People’s Republic of China). Woooho! So today we drove out to the countryside with friends. It was a beautiful day. We took a boat ride along our border and picked apples along the way…far too many apples!!! but hey let the apple recipes begin:)

Which can only mean one thing, we are nearly at my favourite season in this city…autumn! Colourful leaves on the trees, chunky sweaters, big mugs of tea and Granny’s apple crumble (well unfortunately not Granny’s)!

…and let’s be honest with autumn here it means Christmas (my alllllll time fave) is basically around the corner! And this year it’s gonna be a pretty exciting one…in Ireland!
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This is Kirsty

kirsty5 Everyone, this is Kirsty. I’ve truly been blessed with such a beautiful friend in her and I am so glad that she traveled 1st class to be with us this Summer ;)


And what a crazy crammed 3 weeks it was…we ate noodles, danced in the rain, walked along the border, went to the market, bought blueberries,  ate blueberries…went to the market…seen renovations of Kingdom of Hope finish (hooray!), twirled a lot, stood on the Great wall, did camp together, got a 14 hour train to Beijing, enjoyed good breakfasts in Hutongs, walked around antique markets, had Starbucks, missed an international flight and got teary eyed saying goodbye together.
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Thanks for the memories friend.

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

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