Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wherein I end up giving more of an idea than recipe

Now, I really don't think fruit qualifies as a dessert, but we had these pineapple fruit cups that the husband didn't end up liking, so I was trying to figure out a way to eat them. And then I realized...if you put enough crumbly, streuselly, sugary, oaty goodness on it, I'll eat almost anything. And thus was born my Individual Fruit Crisp. Unfortunately, I tend to eyeball things, which is bad recipe creating. For instance, this batch was probably closer to one tablespoon of butter than two, and I think it needed a little more. These are more of guidelines than actual rules.

Individual Fruit Crisps
1/4 cup oats
scant 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed according to your tolerance for deliciousness--I assure you mine was packed)
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon (or more, to taste)
dash salt
2 tbs butter
1/2 cup fruit (drained)

Combine all the dry ingredients, cut in the butter. (Honestly, I use the softened butter I leave on the counter, which is why I can only give you a ballpark on the amount. Just glop in what looks good.) Put the fruit in a toaster oven-safe ramekin, top with 1/4 cup of the topping. Reserve remaining 1/2 cup for later. Bake at 350ish in the toaster oven for 15-20 minutes, or until it smells delicious and is golden.

before baking

I don't know if the baking powder or soda actually do anything, but all the recipes I consulted had them, so I left them in. (I told you, I'm a terrible recipe creator!) And I don't know what to tell you if you don't have tiny creme brulee ramekins; I suppose any toaster oven-safe dish would work. Tartlette pans, ceramic, whatever. (FYI, my Pyrex said no toaster oven, although I have pressed my luck in the past and lived to tell the tale.) You could probably make a little tinfoil boat and do it in that, although the metal might react with the pineapple? I don't know; I'm not Alton Brown here. This is a great, low-risk opportunity for improvising. I'm a big believer in cooking by feel. Most dishes are not so delicate that you can't add your own spin on things. Anyway, it's cooked fruit, there's some whole grains, I'm still willing to eat it...talk about a success. Nevermind the sugar.

bad lighting on the couch makes it look orange...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Did you know my middle name means "grace"?

The other day on the elliptical, I looked at the gear cover behind me and thought, "One of these days, I'm going to fall backwards and end up hitting that." A few days later, while getting on that same elliptical (and maybe reading something on my phone) the pedal moved more than I expected and I lost my balance. Down and backwards I went, flailing for something to grab on to, but there was nothing. My other foot caught on something--maybe under the other pedal, who knows--and I tipped back back back until I hit that blasted gear cover. From there I tipped over and hit my head on the machine next to me. Pure grace. (My middle name does mean "grace," but I think it's more in the "grace of God" definition, not "such grace in the way you fell off the elliptical.")

I popped back up and on the machine, and bless their hearts, two men stopped to ask if I was okay. I said yes, of course, but actually my ankle was pretty sore. I was afraid I had actually cut it, but mostly just sloughed off a swath of skin. It hurt enough that I wanted to get right back off and go home, but my it was embarrassing enough falling; I didn't need them to see me turn tail and leave. Anyway, I thought my pride was wounded more than my ankle, but apparently not. I can tell the story and laugh about it, but it still hurts to walk. In pretty much all shoes. It also hurts to wear pants, sit cross legged, shave, put on lotion, point my toes, etc. I even had to skip the gym on Friday, much to my disappointment.

On the upside, I feel less moochy asking the husband to get things for me. Gonna milk that as long as I can.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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