Chef in my Kitchen

{January 9, 2010}   Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you out there.   We’ve had a lovely time during the holidays with lots of snow.

It was snowing and snowing but we had some  shining days as well.  More snow is expected on the ground by the end of the week and the kids have been enjoying the holidays,  making snowmen, building snow castles and having snowball fights all the time.

The other good news that I would love to share with you  is that I am pregnant again.  The whole family is thrilled especially the little one who is anxious to have a new baby sister or brother.

The past three months were not very easy, especially in the mornings but that is behind me now and  I now seem to hungry all the time and keep eating all the time!!

Here is one of those snacks I keep craving all the time:

Three cake flavours:

I  followed  the basic recipe of Stephanie Jaworski from The Joy of Baking and divided it it three equal parts.  One was a pain cake and the other had cocoa and the third some nuts.  All were delicious.


{May 3, 2009}   Apple crumble


One of my all time favourite desserts is this recipe which is one of my mother’s recipes and she loves it so much.  Although my mother doesn’t use craisins or cinnamon, I have added some in the filling as my husband and children love it this way.  We ate this with some soft vanilla ice cream, but custard or whipped cream or even crème fraîche would work well, too.


For the crumble:

• 35g rolled oats

• 35g wholemeal flour

• 20g  sugar

• 35g margarine or butter
For the filling:

• 400 g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered

• 70 g sugar, to sweeten

• 1 tablespoon water

• 2 T craisins

• 1 tsp cinammon


serves 5
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks.

Put the apples in to a pan with the sugar and water. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes and place in a small oven proof dish.  Mix in the craisins and cinnamon.

Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter in to small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through.

Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apple hot.


This recipe goes to Ivy, of Kopiaste for her event Celebrating Mother’s Day.

et cetera