Saturday, January 21, 2017

Apple Crumble

Preheat oven to 190ºC (375ºF).

Wash, core, (peel, if the apple skins are gross), and slice:

2-3 apples

Place apples in a bowl, and toss thoroughly with:

1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ t finely grated lemon rind
a couple sprinkles cinnamon

Grease a baking dish with butter, spread the apples in the dish, and place in the oven.

Now make the topping.

Place in a bowl:

½ C old fashioned oats
scant ¼ C light brown sugar
3 T flour
3 T sliced butter

Mix with fingers until the butter is mixed in and the topping comes together into clumps.

Take the pan out of the oven, sprinkle the topping on, and put it back in the oven. Bake until the topping is browned and crispy, about 30-40 minutes.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Someone asked me where I keep my bulk-buy goods in my small Japanese kitchen. There is a shelf under my kitchen/dining room table where, as you can see, I keep containers of whole wheat flour, bread flour, oats, rice, open bags of tortilla chips (and cereal, if we have it), and milk powder. The dish cupboard has pull-out shelves for baking items and spices.  

There are trash cans for the different categories of trash:  burnable, plastic, and cans and bottles. If I have overflow from those small cans, there are large covered cans are in the garage. Beside them are labeled drawers for cooking utensils, baking utensils, towels, cloths, extra spices, etc. In a big closet in another room, I have snap-shut trash cans where I keep the wholesale bags of flour, etc. 

Although this kitchen is much smaller, it is way more convenient.