Last Sunday saw a return of the sunny weather we've been enjoying on and off for the past couple of months. It was a good day to stay home, windows open, breeze whispering through every nook and cranny of the house. It was also a good day to lounge about in the garden, soak up a bit of sun and admire all that is growing without any interference from me whatsoever - our garden flourishes on neglect.
There are people in the neighbourhood whose gardens are beautifully manicured and although every spring I resolve to do lots of weeding and planting, I never seem to get round to it. Hence there is nothing in the least bit manicured about our garden (except perhaps the lawn - M is obsessed with achieving a perfect lawn). No, our garden is just a wonderful green jungle that reminds me of my childhood days in New Zealand and I like it that way.
That said, something strange happened on Sunday. I was admiring the leafy foliage in every shade of green known to man, when I found myself
complaining observing to M that I thought the garden was a bit... well... too green.
Later that day M went to the garden centre (for grass seed - what else?) and surprised me with this beautiful climbing rose. For a splurge of colour.
Healthy Fruit Crumble
adapted from It's All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow
Fill a baking dish with lots of fruit of your choice. I recommend a combination of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries - fresh or frozen, whatever is available.
80g almond meal
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra vierge olive oil
1 orange, squeezed
yields: 4 generous servings
- preheat the oven 200 degrees celsius
- pour the orange juice over the fruit (it acts as a lovely kind of marinade)
- in a bowl, combine all other ingredients and rub together to form moist crumbs
- sprinkle crumbs over fruit
- bake in the oven for 25 minutes
- Serve with cream