Does the cold and rainy weather affect your appetite? It definitely does something to mine. Not only does my appetite increase and long for warming foods but I just want to spend more and more time lingering in the kitchen, occasionally and wistfully stirring the odd bubbling pot on the stove.
Well, this ideal is all very well and good but in order to make such things and stir such pots, ingredients are needed and we were in short supply yesterday so we set ourselves a challenge.
Without going to a supermarket and at 3:50pm on a rainy Saturday afternoon, could we source all the ingredients needed for an Autumnal bake?
Yesterday, on Social Media, I asked whether I should make a crumble, cobbler or cake with my finds from this challenge. The resounding and totally overwhelming answer was crumble. The topping choices were more diverse and there was about a 50/50 split between cream and custard.
So back to the adventure in question… with raincoats and wellies on we set out to explore our options. Foraging was my first thought but was quickly squashed by the rivers of water running down the road and the muddy swamps that were appearing on the footpaths.
We drove to a few, local farm shops but despite the warm welcomes we received, we couldn’t find both the fruit we needed for the crumble and the kale I had hoped would go with the casserole that was already in the slow cooker.
At 3:56pm I suggested that we try Goldhill Organics in Child Okeford. The only problem was that they close at 4pm on a Saturday.
As we were not going to be defeated by a mere 4 minutes, I phoned ahead and spoke to a really helpful man who said that he would keep the shop open for us (we were only about 5 minutes away by this point).
Pretty much the first thing that I saw as I entered the shop were beautiful bags of organic kale. As you can see, I clutched a bag tightly as I wandered around the rest of the shop – I was so happy to have found some!
I was asked how many cooking apples I needed when I stated that I was searching for some. ‘About enough for a crumble,’ was my answer. Mr D-F sniggered (he didn’t think that was an appropriate answer). However, the lovely man in the shop reassured me that it was a very good measure indeed and brought out Goldhill’s own cooking apples for me to add to my stash.
It was at this moment that I spotted plums! I think I’m actually saying ‘ooh plums!’ while the photo was being taken. A plum and apple crumble would be just the thing!
I also walked away with some bananas (not particularly seasonal, but I had planned for caramelised bananas and berries on porridge for the morning’s breakfast), some fresh ginger and a packet of gluten free biscuits – Mr D-F’s choice.
Although our meal ended quite late, with lots of chats and catching up, the crumble was made…
…and it was delicious.
I’m feeling in need of some more Autumnal food traditions. There’s chutneys and jams but what else is there to bake or create? If you have a thought, please shuffle down the page a bit and inspire me by leaving a comment. I know you love that bit! H x