This is a sponsored recipe provided by Tesco Direct with words and photographs from me. For more information about this kind of post please read my disclosure for readers page. Kat xoxo
Sunday eating is all about slow and cosy food in our house. Pottering around, ovens fired up, slowly enjoying the time together. The last hing on our half term list was to bake and a new recipe to try hit the spot with my sweet toothed children.
This recipe is an easy one to attempt with children as it doesn’t require much weighing but rather cup and spoon measures. The flavour is sweet and delicately fragrant while the crumble crisp without a hint of clagginess. This definitely crosses the seasons with the lightness of Spring and the comfort of Winter.
Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble Recipe
1 punnet of British strawberries, slightly overripe if possible
1/2 of a large stalk of rhubarb, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 ripe plum
2 teaspoons of sugar (slightly more if berries are not ripe)
15 g of butter, diced
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of port or Marsala wine
50 grams butter (adjust as needed)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon white or Demerara sugar
1/2 cup fine ground polenta or corn meal
1/2 cup oats
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Preheat oven to 200°C – serves for 4 – 6.
- Slice the fruit roughly 1/4 inch thick and add to oval baking dish.
- Sprinkle sugar, vanilla and port over the fruit, and evenly distribute the small pieces of butter on the top.
- Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and mix until cohesive and the butter is fully integrated. If too moist (like a dough), add more oats and flour until it becomes slightly crumbly.
- Evenly distribute crumble topping over the fruit, making sure it’s mostly covered, and sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over the top.
- Put in the oven and turn temperature down to 175°C. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
- Serve warm with custard or vanilla ice cream, a bit of extra sugar if needed, and a cup of tea!
Recipe copyright Kathryn Wallace.
A happy coincidence that cooking and writing about this recipe coincided with having six children in the house for the afternoon. With high spirits and limited space I’m glad all of my prep was done long in advance.
It took ten minutes at most to get underway and then all I had to do was fix some couscous to serve. Really simple and eminently tasty although I’d probably add a green salad in the future. I couldn’t get hold of a tagine to cook it in so I used a cast iron pan with a tightly fitting lid.
As you can see the chicken was tender and falling apart. The sauce was intense yet subtly flavoured. It’s definitely been given the seal of approval by the children although couscous received mixed reactions.
Lemon Chicken Tagine Recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 chicken quarters (or breasts diced)
1 level teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
375ml chicken stock or water
4 quarters of preserved lemons
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh coriander to garnish
- Heat the oil in the Tagine Pot, and fry the onion and garlic gently for 3 – 4 minutes without colouring.
- Cut the chicken quarters into two pieces, or dice the chicken breasts, and add these to the Tagine. Raise the heat slightly and brown evenly, turning the pieces frequently.
- Add the turmeric, ginger, coriander and stock with some seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
- Rinse the pieces of lemon thoroughly in cold running water. Then cut away and discard the fruit flesh. Cut the softened peel into thin strips, and stir these into the chicken.
- Cover and cook very slowly for 2 – 21/2 hours. Remove the lid and boil the liquid rapidly for a few minutes to thicken the consistency, if necessary.
- Garnish generously with the chopped coriander before serving.
The Flip Flop Flip is coming to Birmingham and you could be in with a chance to win prizes…
British Gas Pools 4 Schools is an innovative scheme which takes swimming pools to areas of ‘aquatic deprivation’ (or places without swimming pools in other words) across the UK. It was the idea of Steve Parry an Olympic swimmer and aims to help teach children to swim 25 metres unaided by the time they reach the end of primary school.
With one in five children unable to meet the 25 metre mark and with this figure as high as four in five children in areas with limited pool access the need for a programme of swimming lessons quickly becomes apparent.
Not only do the temporary mobile pools provide free swimming lessons to schools but also other activities such as aqua aerobics and swimming time for the local community.
When I was a child our local pool burned down. We could see the fire from our house and we were taken out of bed to go and watch the flames. The rebuild after the fire took years and as a result I didn’t learn to swim until late on in my primary years. I most probably didn’t meet the 25 metre target and am still a reluctant swimmer to this day. While we were lucky enough to have a swimming pool in our area many children simply don’t have that opportunity.
In their first Pools 4 Schools year the British Gas initiative taught 100,000 lessons and took pools to over 160 schools teaching 10,000 non-swimmers to swim 10 metres unaided. That is no mean feat and the numbers are impressive. You can keep up to date with news and events through @BGSwimming on Twitter.
To celebrate their marvellous work British Gas are running the Flip Flop Flip on the 11th December 2011 in Birmingham. The event will see 1,000 re-used numbered flip flops launched into the pool to be retrieved by the British Gas BGR Swimming Team.
To take part in the flip flop lottery head over to their Facebook page where you can use their app to flip your flop and get your unique number. If your flip flop comes out of the pool on December 11th you could win one of the prizes which include VIP tickets to the British Gas Swimming Championships in March, memberships to Nuffield Health Clubs and signed merchandise. You’ll need to be quick as there are only 1,000 flip flops up for grabs…