Late Summer Breakfast Crumble

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I like to think that at the end of every season, there comes one day where you feel a definite change in the air.
Wether it be the subtle blossom aroma in the arrival of spring or the slight chill in the breeze as autumn makes its presence known amongst the late summer merriment.

I for one definitely caught up in the action of the hot season, cooking… eating… aka working… on repeat. I ain’t complaining. And all of a sudden, Autumn has crept up…  a leaf fell right in front of me the other day, and a bit of me got very excited over all the impending pumpkin i’m going to eat.

With book work is wrapping up, and only a couple of months to go here in London, I’m beginning to mentally prepare myself for going back home, and right in time for Summer in Melbourne! Dare I say ‘where has the year gone?!’. For reals, I feel like I blinked in May and transported myself September.

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So amongst a day off spent freely lounging on my bed with the windows blowing in the warm and gentle wind, my mind said ‘fruity crumble’. So I did.
Making the most of the fruit that’s in season, I thought i’d keep it simple and celebrate their beautiful sweet and tart flavours… and then make it in breakfast form so i can eat it first thing in the morning… genius.
I served the crumble with greek yoghurt to echo that breakfast vibe, but of course ice-cream is 100% acceptable. Always.
Adapt the recipes to fruits in season so you can eat crumble all year round! (I can just hear the apples calling my from Autumn – I’m coming!)

Make the crumble in the morning after you stumble out of bed, and let the buttery sweet aroma fill your house and gently wake you up. Best served with a coffee and a good book.

Also: here’s also some behind the scene shots from the book shoot! woooo x 10000

(recipe for the crumble after the photos)

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LATE SUMMER BREAKFAST CRUMBLE
serves 4

Ingredients
3 nectarines, sliced into wedges
150g blackberries
150g raspberries
150g blueberries
2 tbsp corn flour
2 tbsp lemon juice
60g coconut sugar

Crumble:
4 heaped tbsp plain flour
100g oats
1 tsp cinnamon
60g brown sugar
120g butter, chilled, cut into cubes
30g pumpkin seeds
20g coconut chips
60g almonds, roughly chopped

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200C. In a large baking dish gently stir together the the nectarines, berries, corn flour, lemon juice and sugar (adding more if the nectarines aren’t quite ripe yet).
2. To make the crumble, in a bowl mix together the flour, oats, cinnamon, and sugar. Add the butter, and rub into the mixture until it becomes crumbly and the butter is all distributed. Stir in the pumpkin seeds, coconut and almonds.
3. Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
4. To make a breakfast meal, serve with greek yoghurt and enjoy!

UK ~ Dorset

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I am a total sucker for the countryside. Just sayin’.
I dunno, something about the peacefulness, away from the crazy reality of the big city, tucked away on the humble land just feels sahhhhhh serene.
I mean, for one, you can actually see the stars at night ( #confessionsofa16yearoldstargazer), you’ve got so much room to roam and get back to nature.
And the little country villages are legit just tooooooooo cute/picture perfect/adorable/old school in a good way/rustic/where’s the horse drawn buggy/can I set up camp here?
Pretty much, I kinda have already planned my country retreat in my retirement years which will involve a lot of pie making from my future veggie patch accompanied by breeding border collies…
too far away to think about… you’re probably right….

Back to the present time!
For those of you who know, I am currently an Au Pair living in London, which comes with many a perks!
Numero uno of that being the holidays.
Dorset (the gorgeous south english countryside as pictured above), and soon to be seen a post from Menorca, Spain.
Work ain’t always feel like work when your surrounded by the scenery! Ya feelin’ me?

This particular house that we stayed in just captured me from the moment we arrived… I mean, 100% live off the land vegetable and fruit garden, eat your heart out! (mind the pun)
Seriously, homegrown zucchinis (courgettes as they are called here in the uk, which I completely keep forgetting, along with calling football still soccer, cause sometimes you just can shake them aussie roots) never tasted soooo damnnnnn gooood.
A herb garden for days, where only an eye hearted emoji can really express my love towards it.
It was heaven. Fresh produce has my heart forever.
And so does this property and all the cows on the field next door who happily stared at me like the models they are. You’re all stunning.

I even went for a jog around the narrow winding roads, where I definitely got lost, without phone signal, and had to wing each turn on the way home… but it was so damn beautiful, I was in a semi ‘omg is this even real it’s so pretty’ daze, that I was not even that bothered by the thought that I might not even be back for supper… ha ha I kid, who wants to miss out on dinner?! (motivation to get back home)

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A EUROPEAN SUMMER ~ GREECE

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There’s a lot to share about your travels to your nearest and dearest.
Best food (well duh, espesh for this little food lovin’ gal), best tourist sites, weird hostel experiences (coming from a kid whose had some weird hostel experiences… let’s save that story for a rainy day shall weeeeeeeeee) and well of course, to answer one of the most asked questions (guilllttyyyyy) “which was your favourite country gurlll?” (I definitely say gurrllllll way more then socially expectable…)

To be honest, each city was mega beautiful in each of it’s individual ways, but I don’t know wether it was the end of trip exhaustion or a need of ocean water to dive into, but Greece was hands down the place I just lurrrrrveeeddd.
Big hearts for you Greece!!
And we’re talking Greek Islands mateys. Them sea side chills. Waves n’ daiquiris. Ya feelin’ me?

The week pretty much consisted of ‘eat, sleep, swim, chill repeat’. Ohhhh yeahhhhhh.
Swimming in crystal blue water, paddle boarding, card games, wandering the small quiet islands, watching mega amazing beautiful colourful breathtaking (more adjectives please?) sunsets, vibing out on the seat on the tip of the boat, numerous games of king cup (note to self: don’t play just before climbing a couple of hundred stairs… it won’t be easy….).

I didn’t choose the boat life, the boat life chose me.
Well, for the 8 days, me liked it a lot. Couldn’t of been more chill.
That ocean water (despite treading it for around 1 hour everyday whilst attempting to play volleyball between boats), was just heavenly. I’m going back. Mark my words. Cross my heart. *Spit hand shake*

But now, I should talk about the food shouldn’t I? Well, imma say it anyway.
The Gyros (aka souvlakis with chips inside OMG) where so amazing cheap and sooooooo fricken good.
The Pita with halloumi (that I recreated here) was hands down one of the best things on the trip.
The baklava, oh so syrupy and finger-licking good!! So good, I had to recreate it in the form of a croissant.
Yah, Greece had a lil’ influence over me.

In the words of our good friend Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I’ll be back”

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