Thursday, 23 June 2016

Apple Slice

Hi Everyone,
SURPRISE!!! I'm back after more than 12 months. I'm not sure for how long or if I'll be very consisted but I'm here for now. I do post a lot on Facebook and Instagram as I like those forums because I don't have to think so much about writing, which I've mentioned before is not my forte. So it might be a case of if I've got a lot to share at once I'll post here and let you know on Facebook and Instagram.
 What has prompted this post, is this recipe. I felt like making something sweet but healthy and this slice came to mind. I couldn't find my print out of it so I came looking on the blog, knowing I'd written a post about it. When I came to find it, I discovered it was only a draft and apparently I hadn't published it at all. I could have sworn I had but I can't find on the blog, so I'm here to remedy that situation.

So remembering this was originally written in March last year, here we go. 

Being Autumn here in my part of the world, it is the season for apples. I have a few small apple trees that have produced more than enough apples for us (and the birds). One tree, I planted when we first moved here 16 years ago, has produced fruit for the first time this year. I can't even remember what sort of apple it is but the apples are quite sweet so they are lovely to stew and eat without having to add sugar. They also hold their shape and don't turn to mush which I like as well.
A couple of weeks ago I adapted my Jam Slice recipe and made a healthy Apple Slice to take to Garden Group for morning tea. Although it was a bit crumbly it was quite a hit so I have since made it again and solved the crumbly problem. Now it's ready to share with you.
100g almond meal (about 1 cup)
½ cup rice flour (or coconut flour)
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
1 egg
1 teas vanilla
3 large sweet apples, peeled, sliced & cooked
2 eggs
¼ cup honey
2 cups desiccated coconut
Set oven on 180C (160C fan) & grease (with olive oil) and line a 22cm cake tin.
Mix all the base ingredients together and spread into the cake tin (this can be a bit fiddly as the mixture is sticky)
Bake for 15 mins or until cooked.
Remove from the oven and spread the apple on the base.
Wait until you have done this before making the topping as the coconut will absorb moisture and the topping is too crumbly when cooked.
Using a mixer beat the eggs until they are very light and fluffy.
Drizzle in the honey while the mixer is going & beat until combined.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the coconut.
Spread over the apple.(see NOTE)
Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely for cutting.
NOTE: Smooth coconut mixture down with the back of a spoon then lightly rough it up with a fork, this helps it stick together when cooked and not be too crumbly.
NOTE 2: You can use tinned unsweetened apple for convenience. It is also delicious with a sprinkling of blueberries, fresh or thawed frozen, with the apple.

Looking at the picture of the apples reminds of when we were kids, and apples didn't come all waxed and shiny. We would have competitions at lunch time to see who could get their apple the shiniest. Did you do that too?

Hope you've enjoyed the catch up

Thanks for popping by and until next time 

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cornwall Coast

Okay so I didn't get around to catching up on writing any posts while on the plane home but I will continue on here, even though I'm home now, so that our travel adventure is complete.

When we arrived in Weston-Super-Mare last night it was overcast and bleak but we awoke this morning to beautiful sunshine, ideal sightseeing weather. Weston-Super-Mare is very close to where Cornwall meets Wales at the start of the Bristol Straight.
It was fascinating to see how far the tide went out. Where there had been water here last night, this morning we couldn't see any for miles. We have seen a lot of boats beached on the sand like this in our travels. It seems that every time we've been near tidal water ways the tide has been out.
The Cornish countryside is beautiful with a patchwork of paddocks divided by hedgerows and trimmed with cliffs dropping into the sea. The hedgerows are taller here than in other parts of England so you only get glimpses of the scenery every now and again when your on the crest of a hill. To be truthful I'm a little over the hedgerows.
This is the coast near Tintagel Castle where we stopped for a good look around. 
Tintagel Castle is associated with the birth of the legendary King Artur.

The views from the ruins were stunning no matter which way we looked.
And the the wildflowers were so pretty growing everywhere, amongst the grass and rocky crevices.
We had set off this morning thinking we would get all the way along the north coast of Cornwall and some of the south as well but it's something than cannot be rushed, it is so beautiful so we decided to head for our accommodation at Truro and continue Lands End tomorrow.

Thursday, 18 June 2015


We woke up to rain this morning (it first real rain since our first day in Scotland) and it like it was going to last all day. We were headed to Cornwall today so most of the day was going to be in the car so the rain wasn't going to effect us. 
A road shot as we drove past Birmingham. 
As it turned out the rain stopped about lunchtime and like yesterday we had the opportunity to stop at a National Trust site, a little village called Lacock.
Apart from the cars it looked like time had stood still. 
The main attraction was Lacock Abbey. I'm trying to play catch up with my blog posts at the moment and can't concentrate very well so If you don't mind I'll let the photos tell the story for now and may be elaborate later.

As you can see another beautiful place. Onward to Cornwall.

My Kinda Day - Part 2

When I left you last post I was off to get my patchwork fix with Brenda. The Quilt Museum and Gallery was only a short walk from York Minister so with map in hand we left the men to find something else to do. 
On display at the gallery was an exhibition of quilts by Kaffe Fassett (well known textile designer) with the antique quilts which he had used for inspiration for each quilt. It was interesting to see his interpretation and how he broke the more intricate antique designs down to simpler but still effective quilt designs.
We were particularly taken by the intricacy of this little number. It is only cot size but you can see by my pinkie how small the little squares are. It was all paper priced by hand and the stitches were so close together, fascinating.
We met up with the men again, walk back to the car and headed for our next destination. As I've mentioned previously, we joined the National Trust before we came away so we could take advantage of getting into their sites for free. Everywhere you go in the UK there are signs for National Trust sites so on our to Birmingham we had a enough time to stop at Clumber Park (yeah, I hadn't heard of it either). As the name suggests it is a big parkland which surrounds an enormous walled kitchen garden. The house that the garden used to service longer exists but garden still provides for a cafe/restaurant that's there.
Of interest, the longest glass I've ever seen, the second largest rhubarb collection in Britain, over 100 varieties (who knew), beautiful flower garden and lots of bumble bees.
No, Ross isn't admiring this flower, it's a wonder I didn't have to restrain him from pulling the flowers off. It is Orange Hawkfeed, a noxious weed at home in Australia, that he has been battling with for years in the National Parks. 
Anyway we enjoyed our impromptu stop off and it capped off a near perfect day for me, an old cathedral, a patchwork exhibition and a garden, what else could I ask for. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

My Kinda Day - Part 1

IThis was my kind of day. Three activities that were right up my alley. We walked into the centre of York (about half an hour) so that was a good start to the day. It is a lovely city and has a wonderful casual vibe about it. There's hustle and bustle and lots of people but somehow it's not frantic.
Our first stop York Minister.
This was one of those breathtaking, emotional, WOW experiences. Not only is this cathedral magnificently massive, it is beautifully decorated, both
and out.
The 275 steps to the top of the tower were a must, especially with a view like this as a reward.
Under the cathedral is a display on its interesting more recent history. About 50 years ago it was in danger of collapsing. Major excavations revealed the foundations were on ancient Roman ruins. Tons of concrete and steel had to to be used to stabilise the main tower. 
Outside repair work was being done. All the cathedrals (still in use) that we have visited are in some state of repair and York wasn't an exception, the stonemasons were busy with their tedious task.
After the cathedral tour Brenda and I left the fellas and made our way through the cobbled back streets to my one and only real patchwork fix for the trip but more of that next post. 
We're on the move again. I'm about a week behind now, oh well I'll have plenty of time on the plane on the way home to catch up.