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Monday
Apr252011

Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day (just)

I am interrupting my Middle Eastern mezze theme because it is Anzac day in Australia, just.  I have had this post prepped and ready to go for two months (since I last made Anzac biscuits) so that I could post them on the day. Well, I may have been organised in that regard, but I completely forgot about the time difference and, though it is a perfectly reasonable time of day here in the UK, I have just realised there is only one hour and 15 minutes left of Anzac Day in Australia and it is already over in NZ. Ah well, Anzac biscuits are good at any time of year really. In fact, I don’t think I have ever made them specifically for Anzac Day myself.

For the benefit of my UK readership,

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War One. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries. (Wikipedia)

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Friday
Aug272010

Would you like some apple with that crumble?

Updated on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:09PM by Registered CommenterVix

Apple and pear crumble

Apple crumble was probably one of the first desserts I learnt to make; it is very simple, so I assume this is why Dad trusted me to do it. I cannot remember whether he taught me or just told me what went in it, but either way at some point it became my job rather than his when someone in the family (read sister) demanded crumble.

Over the years my version has become known as “crumble apple” because the crumble is really the central feature, the apple a token gesture to the dishes origins*. And why not? Everyone knows the crumble is the best bit! Indeed, the name crumble apple isn’t even especially accurate, because very often I include other fruits as well. I have always been very big on berries, as has my sister, so it was ‘crumble berry apple’ for most of our teenage years, and later when I became more adventurous, ‘crumble apple plum’ ...or rhubarb ...or pear.

Some may think this recipe too simple to warrant a post and it is true that it is fairly intuitive. It is for this reason that when asked in the past for my recipe (most frequently by Miss Ger-al-din-uhhh) I have not been particularly forthcoming. As she remembers it, I used to say that it was a secret family recipe, but the truth is there wasn’t one. I would just use as much fruit as I had, pick a dish depending on that, and then make an absurd amount of crumble to top it.

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