September 21st, 2015


a friendly moment of panic

A friend of ours is visiting and working on her thesis. Early yesterday evening she​ came downstairs with the look of one martyred and suffering nobly for her cause and handed me her phone so that she couldn’t check Twitter or FB while she was supposed to be working on her thesis.

Several hours later, just before bedtime, she retrieved the phone and went into her bedroom. Moments later she came back out saying, “Catie? *CATIE*?!” in increasingly alarmed tones. Ted ran out to see what was wrong and she kept saying, “CATIE?” and I finished putting my PJs on and ran out and she said, “CATIE, WHY IS MY TWITTER FEED FULL OF PEOPLE SAYING PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON HAD SEX WITH A DEAD PIG?!?!”

Ted and I, who had both independently imagined that Young Indiana had somehow managed to delete her entire thesis, both stared at her speechlessly and thought, more or less, “Oh, thank God,” because the British prime minister having sex with a dead pig was much, much less awful on our personal scale of things that could be bad than our son deleting somebody’s thesis. Our guest, unaware of our internal panic, was meantime saying, “*Why*, Catie? *Why*!?”

When I regained the powers of speech I confessed I did not know the answer to that question, as I had not been on Twitter any more recently than she had, and that she should go to bed. She did, but she said, “I’m never giving you my phone again!” on the way. :)


(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


blackberries, crumbled and plucked

I was faffing around on Saturday trying to convince myself to get my act together enough to Make The Apple Pie, and mumbled, “Or maybe I could just make a blackberry apple crumble, that’d be easier,” in the vicinity of our guest, who said, “I didn’t know that was an option!!!”, thus indicating I should do that. :)

I poked around the internet and couldn’t find a recipe I really liked, so I kind of invented one. It went like this:

Kit’s Blackberry-Apple Crumble
1 oz butter
1 oz sugar
4-5 green apples, peeled, cored & sliced into 36ths
3.5 c blackberries
a smallish handful of flour

Caramelize the butter & sugar, pour the sliced apples in, stir for a couple minutes, pour the blackberries in, stir, pour the whole thing into a 9x11ish pan and sprinkle the flour over the top.

The Topping
1 c flour
3/4 c white sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 oz butter

Whisk/stir/whatever first 4 ingredients together. Cut in butter until it’s pea-sized or so. Spread on top of the crumble. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the top is golden-brown & the fruit tender. Let sit for about 30 minutes. Eat with ice cream.

I didn’t have a 9×11 pan, only a 9×13 and a 9×9, the latter of which turned the crumble topping to butter (tasty butter, but not crispy butter) LAST time I made it, so I used the bigger one and the filling was a bit thin, so neither was really suitable. Next time I’ll make more filling, maybe. But it was really good. And also we ate it and I didn’t take a picture. :)

But then I’d used all the blackberries, woe! So this weekend I went out and chopped down a lot of nettles and brambles and made my way back to where More Blackberries Lurked, and this morning I went and picked another half kilo of them. If I hadn’t made the crumble I’d now have enough for more jam, but, well. It was really good crumble. :) So now I’m back to hoping the weather holds long enough for the rest of the red berries to ripen!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)