It's peak strawberry season here in North Queensland, and there are never less than 3 or 4 punnets in our fridge on any given day!
One of our local supermarkets has a great little free recipe magazine and this month the focus was on strawberries. Yummo!
I decided to try the Strawberry Crumble for dessert the other night. This was very different from the usual crumbles I make because it's not baked, and the fruit is raw.
First you marinate the chopped strawberries in a tablespoon of icing sugar and the seeds scraped from a vanilla pod, and leave them for about 20-30 minutes after which time they have developed a syrup.
Then you dry fry 1/4 cup of shredded coconut in a pan until it browns (and that amazing toasty coconut aroma fills the house!). Remove the coconut, and dry fry 1/4 cup of slivered almonds until they begin to brown as well. Mix them together in a bowl.
Melt 75g of butter in your pan, and add 1/3 cup of rolled oats and 1/4 cup of plain flour. Mix them around, cooking them for about 3-4 minutes...
Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, then add 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Mix in the pan another couple of minutes - the smell is incredible! Stir through the coconut and almonds.
Scatter the 'crumble' over the strawberries, and it becomes crunchy!
A quick look before it was devoured...
We smothered our bowls of Strawberry Crumble with custard, but cream or ice cream (like the magazine photo below) would be just as delicious!
Think we'll make this again tomorrow night.
There was quite a flurry of excitement over those gumboot fabrics I bought the other day!
(see the blog post below)
I have had requests to go buy some for people and post overseas, but please forgive me as I simply cannot. Had I another 'Jenny' hidden somewhere who could do errands for me it would be possible, but just grabbing the odd hour or two to 'breathe' lately has become a mammoth task.
HOWEVER, I did happen to buy a few extra pieces that day, so if you drop by my blog on Friday you *might* see them as a giveaway....just sayin'....
With gumboots on my mind, and the tropical wet season due soon, I thought I'd check Big W when I dropped Blossom at work on Monday and see if they had any.
Did they have any???!!!
Oh yes, indeed!
Roses was the best part, until I saw the price...
Reduced, and the last in my size, I held them close to my heart, thanked God profusely, and brought them home to be mine.
Makes me very happy to see them sitting with my little flower pot and bluebird.
Have you found any amazing bargains lately?