Experiment #7 – Ode to Wellington on a Plate

With the exception of writing a poem every few years to my besties on their wedding day, my poetry is probably less than average.  Despite that, the only way to truly relive the delight of Wellington on a Plate is through poetry.

Ode to Wellington on Plate

Oh Wellington on Plate you made my August so great

Though you made my waistline grow I still love you so

From your foodie events to your scrumptious dinner deals

We cannot forgot those burger meals

63 burgers in 16 days is quite the feat

I managed 4 which is pretty darn neat

Pravda, Hummingbird, Shinobi, Elements

The list goes on and on

I can’t believe this event is already gone

Another 360 some odd days until you re-appear

Oh dear

Let the countdown begin until we meet again next year

Experiment #6 – Blooming Garden

This morning as I pulled open the drapes from our lounge a beautiful sight fell upon me.  It was the first pink bloom from our Magnolia Stellata.  She is a new addition to the garden, so I was very giddy to see two of her fury buds had changed to a silky smooth pink bloom preparing to open to the world.

The whole garden is an experiment for me and my partner because everything except for the pittosporums and a Japanese maple were planted over the winter.  Now as spring approaches it seems that we will begin to tell how our little guys have done over winter and if they are the right fit for us.  The magnolia is not the only plant that is bring some new colour to our garden, there are the Stella Bella Lilies and the Daphne, but there is something extra special about this Magnolia plant.  Fingers-crossed she continues to bloom through the spring and stays happy and health in our Zoo Doo’d soil.

I wonder what’s going to bloom next, a flower or a weed?

Experiment #5 – The work / life balance

I would say my work / life balance is generally in balance.  It might be even a bit heavy on the life side in a good way.  However, in the last few weeks the scales have shifted to work being heavier.  This is a new thing for me.  This shift comes at a difficult time for as I start down this blogging path.  Instead of spending my time tonight sharing with you all my ode to Wellington on a Plate, I am sharing with you an issue that many of us face more than once in our life.  To be quite frank, it’s a boring topic, but it’s a quicker post than my ode.  You see, I’m determined to continuing with this posting everyday goal.  At least, for 30 days.  As I experiment with shifting the work  / life balance back into a balance that I’m comfortable with, it may become more of a work / life / blog balance I have to figure out.  Though, I promise, before the end of the week, there will be an ode or some sort on this blog.

Experiment #4 – Apple Crumble

Today, while driving around town we purchased a 2kg bag of Pacific Rose apples from a man selling them off the back of his truck.  The intention was to turn them all into to stewed apples to put on top of my porridge, but when I realised my planned dessert for tonight wasn’t going to happen, the bag of apples came to my rescue.

I love any dish that is made with cooked apples.  Apple pie, tarte tatin, apple crumble, stewed apples, poached apples, baked and stuff with cinnamon and brown sugar.  My mouth is watering as I type.  Growing up, the first apple crumble (apple crisp to me as a child) I made was from a microwave cookbook.  I was probably about 12 or 13 at the time.  The family had purchased a new microwave and the craze at the time was to cook every meal in it, even down to the dessert.  Surprisingly, the crumble turned out really well.  The apples were dusted with flour to help the juices form the apples thicken up as they cooked in the microwave.  Yes, the topping came out crispy and delicious like it had been baked in an oven.  This was my staple crumble recipe for years, which I shared with girlfriends when they asked for a dessert recipe to impress their boyfriends.

Today, I don’t own a microwave. . . . shocking to some, I know, (in fact, I haven’t lived in house with microwave for at least four years.  That’s a story for another day) so my crumbles are baked in the oven.  This is one of the few dishes where I don’t follow recipe anymore.  Though I always look for new ways to play with  this classic dish.  When we have guests for dinner I’ll bake it in a big ceramic dish.  If it’s just me and my partner, like tonight, I bake them in individual ramekins.  That way, we don’t overindulge, which I can easily do.

The ingredients I use generally as follows (I’ll do my best to put measurements):

  • ~1 apple per serve cut into chunks
  • Lemon juice to prevent the apples from browning
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Two quick notes before I go into how I prepare my crumble:

  1. My apple preference is usually a mixture of Braeburn and Granny Smith, so it was interesting to try the Pacific Rose.
  2. Lately, I have switched from using organic stone-ground white flour to organic buckwheat flour.  The choice is yours.  No, it doesn’t have to be organic flour.  It’s just what is in our pantry.

Squeeze half a lemon over the apples.  Lightly dust chunks of apples with the flour, a bit of cinnamon and ground ginger.  Cut a few small cubes of butter (about 2 tablespoons) and mix with the cut apples, flour, cinnamon and ground ginger.  Divide the apple mixture into ramekins or in one large baking dish.  Sprinkle with Demerara sugar.

For a two person serving (this actually makes about three servings) mix about 1/2 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl.  Add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  Cut about 50 grams of unsalted butter into chunks and add to the bowl.  At this point you can either work the mixture into a crumble with your fingers or if you don’t mind some extra dishes put it into a food processor for a few pulses until the mixture is crumbly and is a bit sticky.  You may need to more floor or butter dependent on the texture.

Once the topping’s all sorted, sprinkle it on top of your apples.  If your using ramekins place them on a baking tray, as it will be easier to take them out of the oven later.  Pop them into the oven.  Bake between 30 to 40 minutes until the topping has browned and looks crispy.  Serve them with a scoop of ice cream, cream, yogurt or all three.

Voila!

Yummy apple crumble right out of the oven with mascarpone.

Experiment #3 – Blogging

It’s day four of Rosy Experiments and it’s blog post number four.  This is pretty exciting for me!  I want to share with you all what has kicked started this project/experiment/journey.  Recently, there was a major change in my.  I saw it as a perfect stepping stone.  Because of this change I’m embarking on an experiment by default.  And, because if I don’t start Rosy Experiments now, I don’t know if I ever will.

What is this change you ask?  It’s quite a simple, but still a big one for me.  I stepped away from teaching yoga.  After three years of teaching yoga under the wonderful and supportive guidance of my yoga mentor, the time has come for me to embark on another yoga journey that is lead by me.  The decision to leave was not easy.  In fact, I began to second guess my decision after receiving emails from my students full of supportive and kind words about this change in my life.  Is this the right decision?  Yes it is!  Rather than second-guessing my decision, my students’ emails have now given me greater confidence in my decision to leave and to teach yoga independently.

Where to from here?  I am making a commitment to share my experiments with myself and with others.  These are very exciting times for me and I look forward to what’s ahead with these experiments.

One of my upcoming experiments well be in the yoga realm.  Specifically, I want to experiment with bringing yoga to my community.  Any ideas are very much welcome.

Experiment #1 fails. . .

Oh my goodness!  Rosy Experiments has encountered its first fail. . .setting up the look and feel of the blog.  Apparently, I’m a bit of a doof, yes a doof, when it comes to blog formatting and set-up.  I read the help menu, gave it a go, gave it another go and another and still it’s not doing what I want.  Am I the only one in the blogging world that has felt this way?

My gut tells me that while I may be a bit of doof, and I say this about myself in the nicest way possible, it just that I can spend too much time on the little things and forget about the end goal.  In this case the little things are Rosy’s bells and whistles, while the end goal is blogging.

How hard can it be to let the details go and carry on?  Shouldn’t be too hard, I hope.  I am going to experiment with letting go of working on the bells and whistles of Rosy Experiments,  and I challenge myself to just write posts. . . oh, and publish them.  If I can do that here it may help with letting go in my everyday life.  Experiment is underway.