Lemon & Blueberry Crumble Cake

lemon & blueberry crumble cake
For every meal time that excitedly whips around, we generally know exactly what that growling stomach is craving, (wether or not the fridge has the goods to deliver is another question). Then there is those times when your after something… but can’t quite put your finger on it. You know the feels: you go to the pantry multiple times, then stand there with the fridge door wide open just staring into it’s cold depths hoping your next meal is going to yell its where abouts to you. But alas, amongst one of these tough frustrations of a first world life, we must prevail… and turn to the next best thing… hummus. Only kidding. But seriously. If in doubt: hummus (but a whole story on that for the next post & recipe).

Here we are still staring in the fridge! But this time it’s not something for dinner we’re searching for, but in fact our answers for the lack of baked goods in the cookie jar. So naturally, you can imagine my happiness the next day to wake up immediately craving lemon. Aha. An answer has been found. The fridge staring was over. Now to elaborate. (ah, more fridge staring again).
Conclusion: presence of blueberries in the freezer and after something to accompany my afternoon binge watch of Game of Thrones (hello current addiction). Tea cake, crumble = Lemon & Blueberry Crumble Cake. Success! The fridge staring days are done…. for now…..

to be continued……

Lemon & Blueberry Crumble Cake
But not really, because I’m about to go and attempt a sunday night fridge raid, wish me luck!

Another apology for the lack of posts after promises of recipes on instagram! Stuff is happening and I will fill you in in due course, stayed tuned groovy guys!

LEMON & BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE

Ingredients:
100g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
zest 2 lemons
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice of 1 lemon
240g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
120ml whole milk
350g frozen or fresh blueberries

Crumble:
60g unsalted butter
50g plain flour
100g light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
100g pecans

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, and grease and line a 9 inch round cake tin.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric beater, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg until well combined, followed by the vanilla and the lemon juice.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, then beat into the butter mixture until just combined.
3. Fold in the milk, followed by the blueberries.
4. To make the crumble, using your hands, rub together the butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon and ginger, then lastly add the pecans.
5. Pour the cake batter into the cake tin, then evenly sprinkle over the crumble. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
6. Dust with icing sugar and serve as is, or alongside some well-deserved floral tea. Enjoy!

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Copenhagen

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Strangely, when I tell a lot of people I’ve moved to London from Melbourne, a surprisingly huge amount of people say “why would you move here?”. I get it, England has a bit of a bad rep for being cold and rainy, whilst Australia is known for it’s hot long Summers. Weather is a pretty huge game player. But, I just have to say, the travel from London to all over europe is simply sublime, and a bit of a selling point. Under 100 pound return flight internationally is almost unheard of back home, so the chance to hop a plane for a mere 2 hour flight to another country for a weekend is a bit of a pro to living here.

Enter: Copenhagen. A glorious city and fusion of old and modern.
We hit the gold-mine with the weather, ate pizza 2 nights in a row ( Gorm’s is a god-send of a pizza joint and a ‘must order takeaway from and then proceed to eat on the docks) followed by DANISH ICE-CREAM WITH HOMEMADE WAFFLES (my 8 year-old’s self life complete). Bike rode around the city (the blossoms were so conveniently out and about), ate Scandi food like a dream. Pretty much market and food galore. A bit of a gem this city!!

I’ll be quiet let the pictures do the talking! Amma right?
P.S. mega apologies for the mega radio silence on my end, busy projects under way and allllll will be revealed soon – get ridiculously excited!!

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Roasted Tomatoes, with Oregano & Garlic Breadcrumb Spaghetti

Spring Spaghetti
Since moving to London, (and maybe the fact of becoming an ‘adult’ contributes…) the pace and complexity of life has sky rocketed. Always somewhere to be, something new to buy, some trending news hitting social media. Mondays blur to a Friday and the seasons quickly switch at the blink of an eye. (side note… it’s almost May… feel free to freak out over this with me).

So when there’s a day off work inviting me in, promising a sleep in and big warm hugs from the duvet, the temptation to slow down and flow with the mood of the day is too enticing. A Skype call home is made over a slowly made fried eggs (avocado totally not optional), and the day only really begins when I get out of my pyjamas (the only reason being to go and buy food).

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With the sun making a gladly received appearance, (and my tummy craving the comfort of pasta) a light and Spring suiting rendition is devised as I plan the ingredients (and promise myself second servings).
Simplicity is what makes this pasta truly special. For once, (on my behalf) it’s not drenched in sauce or inundated with lashings of parmesan (guilty), instead, the ingredients, are each strong and true in their own right, (and if you can, buy these ingredients as top quality as you can from farmers markets or green grocers for the best results – you’ll definitely taste the difference!)

I find there’s something about cooking Italian inspired dishes that feels nostalgic and consoling. It feels good for the soul. It’s real, and doesn’t skip on flavour or honesty. It makes you want to invite loved ones round for a feast to share in the small and good things. (Just one of the many philosophical thoughts cooking pasta can bring about).

Photographing over the allure of the garlic and oregano breadcrumbs and sweet smelling roasted tomatoes, self control was tested beyond belief, but luckily for me, this recipes serves 4, so I could slurp up the spaghetti as I took the shots. Win!
The ultimate day off. Slow, simple, and spaghetti. Dare I add another ‘S’ and say Spring!

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ROASTED TOMATOS WITH OREGANO & GARLIC BREADCRUMB SPAGHETTI

Ingredients
400g cherry tomatoes
6 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
400g spaghetti
80g pancetta, roughly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices stale bread (ciabatta or sourdough work well), torn into rough breadcrumbs
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped finely
90g rocket leaves
Juice of 2 lemons (plus extra wedges to serve)
fresh basil, chilli flakes, and grated parmesan to garnish

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 150C. Place the tomatoes on a lined roasting tray, and coat in 2 tbsp of the oil and seasoning. Roast for 20 minutes or until tomatoes look like they are about to burst.
2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a medium saucepan of salted boiling water and cook to al dente. Drain under cold water and lightly toss in 2 tbsp of olive oil and set aside.
3. Heat a medium fry pan over medium heat, and fry the pancetta until crispy. Pour on top of the pasta. Then heat the remaining olive oil in the same frypan (using those delicious pancetta oils to cook in), and cook the garlic for 1 minute, then add the breadcrumbs,  and the dried and fresh oregano. Cook for around 4 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are crispy and fragrant. Toss the breadcrumbs, and rocket into the pasta mixture and squeeze over the lemon juice. (If the pasta seems a bit dry, drizzle over a bit more olive oil. If in doubt, olive oil. Always).
4. Serve with a generous garnish of basil, a grating of parmesan and a pinch of chill flakes.

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