If there’s one thing I’ve learned besides anatomical terms this windy October morning, it’s that one does not need butter to make amazing crumble. I’m blown away by how delicious something so wonderfully quick and easy to make actually turned out.
I chanced upon Mundraub (literally translated to ‘mouth robbery’), which is a website five Germans, who were fed up with seeing fruit rotting on trees in towns, have set up a with the aim of informing people where to find trees bearing free fruit and encouraging them to pick it. “We don’t want fruit which doesn’t belong to anyone to rot on trees anymore so we’re making Mundraub — the theft of this fruit — socially acceptable,” they say on their website. The website features a map showing the exact location of fruit trees in Germany that can be picked FOC! So surprise surprise, there were some blackberry bushes and apple trees near my apartment and I knew I had to make a crumble dish out of it. There’s something really magical about collecting Your own wild, organic food and turning it into something totally delicious. It’s Fall after all!
That moment when You’re not having a good day, just brimming with angst, and all Your friend has to say to You is, “Do Yourself a favour, download snapchat, have fun with the filters, save some pictures, and delete the app again… do it while listening to I’m Good by The Mowgli’s. Thank me later.”
Ahha thanks mate.❤
Yesterday, I had a staring contest with the oranges sitting on my counter top. I rubbed my eyes, cupped my face and sighed out of gratitude. They were given to me by a neighbour who had seen me carry a plantation’s worth of fruits back to my apartment last week on my ‘grocery day’, and who thought I’d enjoy an extra bag (yes, bag) of oranges (his parents were away and, being the only one at home, he couldn’t consume the oranges quickly enough). I graciously accepted his kind gesture, knowing exactly what I’d do with them.
I had come across Deliciously Ella’s recipe for Crunchy Orange, Coconut & Vanilla Granola a couple of weeks back and have just been waiting for the right opportunity to remake them in my own kitchen. This was it.
Last weekend, Wei asked me if I wanted to join her on a trip to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein (English: “New Swanstone Castle”), a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen. Eric had told her that its beauty in Autumn cannot be compared to its lush landscape in Spring/ Summer and white wonderland scenery in Winter, and that the castle just has to be experienced in this time of year. It was an easy “yes!” on my part.
Fast forward a week, on the 17th of October, we board a regional train to Füssen from München Hbf, cameras charged and excited as can be to meet the very palace that has appeared in movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape, and served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle!
On the 16th of October, Wei and I went for the Auer Dult at Mariahilfplatz, just like we did last year with Robert, Momo and Jona. Autumn was being such a darling and lovingly bathing us in warm rays of golden sunshine that we had been missing dearly every single day this past week. Autumn, You should do this more often. The little festival was magical, incredible and spectacular, especially when You’re with a friend who puts the fun in fun-tastic. I brought some of my cookies and energy bars to share with Wei and she loves them — “I’m not saying this to make you happy, they’re really good!”
“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
When You’re 20 and You learn how to use a hair curler for the first time, how to (kinda) put on concealer — the dark eye rings! — and lipstick (Brenda I need help), and how to deal with the lack of school uniforms, …
You may burn Your ear (yup, ouch), tend to look ‘cakey’, and probably realise that Your sense of fashion is largely non-existent… so You turn to what You know best — jumpers and sweat pants (which surprisingly fit in well here).
“Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you’re young.
But I don’t think we make any fewer when we’re grown up.”
— Jodi Picoult
Ah well, off to Auer Dult!
Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!
I may be getting slightly obsessed with getting the perfect recipe for anything I really really love. I just find it so incredibly useful to have a go-to recipe for goodies that one could bring to parties/ picnics/ get-togethers/ etc. First, it was the pancakes, then the brownies, then the banana loaves and now the chocolate chip cookies… I need to empty my pantry by the end of January and all of these experimentations are just about the most perfect (and most delicious) way to keep me on track of decreasing my load!
This week, I really needed to use up my insane stash of cacao nibs, and that’s how I ended up with this batch of hearty, crispy, blow-my-socks-off cookies!