I’m always looking for excuses to make crumble–it’s super easy to make and so forgiving. In September (when I’m in denial that winter weather is [optimistically] only a couple months away), I like to raid the market and/or grocery store for whatever local fruit is still rolling through.
This week I had a bunch of plums staring at me from the back of the fridge, a fragrant basket of peaches begging to be eaten and a little extra time on my hands. So I pulled out the butter, chopped up some fruit (I didn’t bother peeling anything) and went to town making a crumble.
What are your best chocolate chip cookie secrets? There are some things I always do to get a little extra flavour and perfect texture: extra vanilla, extra salt, extra Lindt 70% chocolate and a few extra days in the fridge (rolled into a log like slice-and-bake cookies.) Then there are things that I do only some of the time to switch things up (usually when I run out of the stuff I normally add): a tsp of almond extract, browned butter, dark brown sugar and an odd mix of chocolate chips from three half-empty bags.
Please tell me that you find half-finished bags of ingredients in your pantry, too.
In a recent post I added a link for a lovely summer stew recipe. I make variations on this stew all the time–and in fact, I rarely look at the recipe anymore, because it is a recipe that invites change, inspiration, and fridge cleaning.
The basics of this dish include zucchini, eggplant, onion and tomato. It’s sort of like a hasty weeknight ratatouille. For the bowl pictured above, I threw in some green beans because they’re in season and were lounging in my vegetable drawer. I’ve included my ‘basic’ recipe for this stew below; go ahead and alter it to your tastes and vegetable drawer.
Do you ever do that thing where you save hundreds of recipes with the good intention of making them and then…uh…never do?
Yeah, me either.
Except that I do it all the time (except for the lovely cake pictured above–I made that last week). Sometimes I wander back through this old recipe lane and discover that I would indeed still like to try these dishes. I’ve listed some of the recipes currently inspiring my cravings below, in case you are looking to add to your recipe archive as well. You’re welcome.