I had a lovely conversation with one of the members of “the English gang”;–it never fails to surprise me how we subconsciously refer to ourselves as that, knowing exactly who we had in mind, even though we weren’t exactly from the same clique throughout varsity life;–and even though it was a short couple of minutes, it left me with a warm feeling in my heart, knowing that I had the support of close friends with regard to my big grand plan. It may not have been in so many words, but just knowing that some have faith in what I do, and can actually envision the big grand plan taking place definitely lifts my spirit.
This is for an old friend.
After having received a lovely e-mail from the sweet Shaheen yesternight, I spent this afternoon marveling at how a simple e-mail exchange could unravel so many interesting facts. It felt heartwarming to know that there’s a real face behind a foodblog at another end of the world, who actually goes through similar days as you. That as intricate and complex as your days may seem, you’re never really alone.
And then there’s EmiliAduka, who bravely tried, of all the recipes on my blog, my macaroni and cheese recipe! It definitely caught me by surprise to find an incoming link to that recipe, and honestly I was quite worried, because this non-cheese-eating baker definitely did not have a taste of that dish, and the recipe was posted simply out of the positive feedback from the mister (who had thereafter used it as a base recipe to make it his own specialty now). I was glad to know that it turned out well, and after a quick exchange of words, the young lady had made me craving for apple desserts for the longest time ever. And I’ve yet to get my hands on that Swensen’s apple crumble, mind you!
This is for new friends.
A couple of days ago marked the 39th month for the mister and I. It’s funny how we stumble each time we try to religiously remember how many months it has been. More often than not we always end up saying a lower number, only for the other to rectify, followed by a chorus of “Wahhh, so long!”. Somehow I’m beginning to think that we do it deliberately just to appreciate how far we’ve come. The best thing I love about our relationship is that we never really had a ‘proposal’ moment, and that the months we count really reflects how long we’ve gotten to know each other. It’s like a friendship that began with love. Or so my little head likes to think.
This is for the mister;–my best friend who is my greatest pillar of strength, the self-declared Number One fan, the one whose voice I go to sleep with at night, the one who never fails to make me sigh loudly and roll my eyes with every not-so-funny joke, and the one who has never stopped believing in me.
And last but not least, this is for all the sugar-high friends all over the world uniting for a [literally] sweet monthly event, only this time with added spice.
Apple Crumble Bars
(adapted from here)
4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup butter
5 cups apples, skinned and diced (I used 3 granny smiths, 2 royal gala)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Mix the diced apples with some lemon juice (I used half a lemon). Add in cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Combine flour and sugars in a bowl.
- Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Mix 1 cup of the crumb mixture into the diced apples. This is the filling.
- Take half of the remaining crumb mixture and press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 180C for 10mins.
- Remove the pan from the oven and pour in the apple filling. Top with the remaining crumbs.
- Bake at 180C for 45 mins. Cool the pan completely to allow the crumble bars to set, before cutting them into bars. (I left them to cool for an hour)