Plum & Blueberry Crumbles

A Taste of Morning

I bought some amazing plums at Eastside Market over the weekend and so decided to make Plum & Blueberry Crumbles for breakfast yesterday. Yum!Plums


Plum & Blueberry Crumbles

makes 4 servings

3 T. + 2 t. unsalted butter, divided

2 lg. ripe black plums, halved and pitted

1/2 c. blueberries

1/4 c. quick cooking rolled oats

1/4 c. all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour

3 T. coarsely chopped hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts or pecans

2 1/2 T. light brown sugar

3/4 t. Vietnamese cinnamon

1/4 t. ground aniseed

1/4 t. ground allspice

1/4 t. ground ginger

1/8 t. ground cardamom

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using 1 T. of the butter, grease 4 four-inch glass tartlet pans.

2. Cut each plum half into 6 slices. Arrange slices in bottom of pans. Sprinkle blueberries over plums.

3. In a small food processor, pulse together remaining ingredients until crumbly and sticking…

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Bistro La Bonne

(Not) Douchey in DC

I have to say my favorite Happy Hour spot so far is Bistro La Bonne. Between 5-7pm every day, for $15 you get delicious mussels, french fries, and a drink (I believe it’s limited to wine or beer, but they have good selections of each). And it’s a lot of mussels, too. Easily you could split this with two people (except for the drink I guess).

I also really like the atmosphere – despite being in the heart of U Street, it’s never too crowded. It’s nice but not overly fancy, and the service is decent. And it really does have a sort of French feeling to the place. I’ve been many times and never had a bad experience. I can’t speak for much of their menu because I usually stick to the mussels (of which there is a wide variety of choices), but the mussels are succulent and…

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Beguni (Aubergine fritters)

Modern Indian Mom

Aubergine is called Begun in bengal (a state in the eastern region in India) & Beguni is one of a common yet favourite street food. This little snack is nothing but thinly sliced batter fried aubergine. The crisp snack is just perfect for a rainy day while you are sipping masala chai (tea) or it can be a great companion with that hot piping khichuri (for me this is an indian version of risotto). Here is how you get them to your plate 🙂

Aubergine – 1 medium-sized
Gram Flour (Besan) – 1 cup
Turmeric -1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli Powder – 1/2th teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Nigella seeds (Kalongi) – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon
Oil – enough for deep-frying
Water 3/4th cup. (You may want to use less or more to keep the consistency you like. however the batter needs to be thick to be able to coat…

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Strawberry Fields

High Street Beat

IMG_3794The strawberries are here! The strawberries are here! (Apologies to Steve Martin.) Yes, the strawberries are here, but they won’t last forever.

The season is already half over, according to Kathy Bures of Bures Berry Patch, where you can pick your own or place an order to be picked for you. Strawberry lovers are out in force, especially after the poor berry season last year. Even after Friday night’s deluge – the patch got about 7 inches – pickers were ready to go Saturday at 8 a.m.

We made the trip out yesterday and were rewarded with two overflowing boxes of berries in about an hour. That also included time for jumping in puddles, petting Otis the dog and visiting the chickens.

Ed and Kathy Bures have been growing strawberries for over 10 years. In addition to the juicy berries, they also have asparagus, peas, rhubarb, potatoes, raspberries, sweet…

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Messy Church, you would not think it, would you? Two words in the English Dictionary that could not be more mismatched. However, the thing is they do not have to be mismatched if people just use their imagination.

So that is why once every two months, Holy Trinity hosts a Messy Church session where I myself have been an on and off helper since 2010. I put it that way because after contributing for the first time at Christmas 2010, I spent most of 2011 and 2012 living in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Therefore, I could only attend whenever I came to Stevenage and Messy Church happened to take place. Now that I am back in Stevenage full-time, I have regularly attended and why? Because I really enjoy Messy Church, not only that but it is also a great opportunity for people from the general area to meet each other and put their heads together even if they do not attend Holy Trinity or indeed Church in general.

I also really enjoy contributing to these events because not only does it give me something to do but it also makes me feel like I am doing something useful for the community and for my fellow Church-goers. It also enables me not to feel so shy around children although some of them can be quite shy themselves but then so can we all every now and again. This year, I have helped to make the giant Chris-tingle and I have recently focused on food preparation, making Easter nests and flame-themed biscuits.

It is safe to say I am now part of the team and I intend to continue as long as these events take place. In conclusion, many thanks to the Messy Church team for including me; let us keep up the good work.

(My fellow residents of Stevenage can also see this article in this month’s issue of the Holy Trinity Church Parish Magazine)