Ben Made Steak and Heidi Made Crumble

July 16, 2011

Last weekend Ben and I were both feeling a bit off, kind of fluey. That’s the rule, right? It’s Winter, it’s chilly, we’re both super busy…so then you get sick. I suppose it’s better to be forced to slow down and rest in Winter than in Summer, when infectious sunshine and bright blue skies positively forbid you from staying in.

In light of this prevailing fluey feeling, we made sure that our weekend was very low-key. We ran a lot of errands, I did some work from home (nestled firmly on the couch with a cup of tea in hand) and we saw family for lunch – it was one of those weekends. It was nice. We also attempted to get me ready for my USA trip in *gasp* less than 2 weeks, starting off with finally booking my accommodation in San Francisco.

It will be no surprise that we spent Saturday night in. But it wasn’t a sad event, not at all. We had a date not only with each other, but with our trackies, some comfort food, the couch and Harry Potter. In the chilly Wintertime this can be quite the perfect Saturday night.

Ben Made Steak

Ben was craving Rib Eye Steak with Mashed Potatoes with Chives and Garlic Butter. For real. That’s precisely what he told me. So that’s precisely what he made, along with grilled Broccolini. When the man has a vision you let him cook. It always turns out amazing…he’s good like that.

Ben cooked the Rib Eye beautifully, it was absolutely delicious. He even did that trick with tin foil on the bone, and used cooking string. Oh so pretty.

To make the garlic butter, he used proper French butter – slithers of which we save for special occasions…surely Rib Eye and Harry Potter calls for such a fancy indulgence, tracksuit pants or not?

It was heavenly.

Heidi Made Crumble

For dessert I decided to make a crumble – what could be more comforting and Winter appropriate than a warming, sweet, wholesome fruit crumble? Ok well self-saucing pudding would also fall into this category, but I made that a couple of weekends ago. It was definitely time for a crumble.

I have such fond memories of my mum’s apple (sometimes with rhubarb) crumble, she would always make it so scrumptiously perfect, without a recipe. Just like that. I’ve tried this technique myself but have not had such luck, it always lacks the deeply delicious flavour of my mum’s crumble. So I decided to turn to one of my favourite cookbooks of late, Super Natural Everyday, for some wanted guidance. I recalled a recipe for a Tutti-Frutti Crumble that looked divine, and went straight for that when my crumble craving took hold.

I made Apple and Strawberry Crumble based on Heidi Swanson‘s Tutti-Frutti Crumble (recipe link). And I have to say, it’s my new favourite crumble recipe.

I used 4 large granny smith apples and a punnet of strawberries instead of Heidi’s Tutti-Frutti combination, simply because they were the first fruits I stumbled across at the market. I also used water instead of wine and light dairy spread in place of butter. As an afterthought, next time I will cut down the content of sugar added to the fruit – it was a little too sweet for me.

What I loved about this crumble is how the strawberries, together with the cornflour and sugar, cooked down to become like a sticky, sweet, gooey jam….oooh it was utterly delectable. I had never before used strawberries in a crumble and I have to say I’m a little obsessed with the idea now. I’m already planning on making this Apple and Strawberry Crumble again for a family lunch at my place today. It’s delicious, fairly healthy (besides the eager sugar content) and aesthetically gorgeous – the poppy seeds create a beautiful flecked appearance, in stark contrast to the vibrant fruit. Just lovely.

Served with a scoop of my favourite light French Vanilla Ice-Cream, this crumble made for a completely delicious, comforting dessert.

While snuggled on the couch we watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, in anticipation of seeing Part 2 last night. Ben and I are big fans of the Harry Potter books, although we were late to the party and only read them in 2009 during our overseas trip.

Crumble, a movie and a doona, what could be more comforting?

I might just stay in my trackies a little longer…it’s terribly appealing during this weather. And considering last Saturday was one of my most favourite evenings in a while, I think I’m on to something.

Heidi xo

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  • Jorji July 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

    That crumble sounds delicious! I may have to make it soon.
    And i completely condone staying in trackies all day, which is what i'll be doing today.. =)
    J xx

  • Hannah July 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hurrah for collaborative dinners and, most importantly, hurrah for Harry Potter! In twenty-four hours and 49 minutes I'll be in the cinema watching it 😀

  • Maria July 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Sounds so good! I love crumbles at any time of the year!

  • msihua July 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Aww.. what a terribly romantic date night!!

  • The InTolerant Chef July 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I hope you're both feeling better, I'm sure it was the great nutrition from the yummy meal that did it!
    The steak does look fancy-pantsy, and it's my very favourite cut too. The description of your crumble makes my tummy rumble!
    What a nice night in.

  • Blithely Unaware July 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Oh that all looks so comforting and deeeeeeeeelicious.

    I don't trust myself to cook steak, Hamish has such a knack for it and makes it taste amazing. If I do it it's never, ever right.

    Can't wait to see Harry Potter!!


  • pippa July 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    yum that crumble looks delicious. I've never made a strawberry one either but you've def inspired me to whip one up now! perfect for adding a little brightness to this super gloomy sunday 🙂

  • Heidi July 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Jorji – I hope it was a wonderful trackies day 🙂

    Hannah – oooh I hope you liked it!! I'm going to mis the movies 🙁

    Maria – me too 🙂

    Msihua – yes it was 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – it was, thanks. & yes we're both feeling a lot better as of today!

    Blithely Unaware – Ben tends to cook steak better than me too. Meat…Not really my thing but I'm working on it!

    Pippa – how lovely, I'm so glad we have leftovers after making it again yesterday! perfect for a gloomy Sunday, you're right 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley July 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Hope you're feeling better! I've got a bit of the cold as well but I've been full guns these week eating out almost every night….body's not very happy. :c This looks like a lovely night in, my mum often busts out her apple crumble if she's in the mood for it. Love it topped with ice-cream like you too! 🙂

  • Michelle Chin July 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm


  • Heidi July 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Ashley – thanks lovely, I am much better. Hope you are too!

    Michelle – hehe, yes.

    Heidi xo

  • Yasmeen July 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Fab combination of comfort food, comfort clothing and HP. What better way to beat the flu?

    My man and I have had something absolutely nasty for 3+ weeks… attractive indeed. Hope that beautiful steak + crumble whipped you both back into shape!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Totally agree with your call on the vanilla ice cream on the crumble! And well done to Ben for the meal too! 😀

  • Anna @ TheLittlestAnchovy July 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    What a fantastically romantic evening. I love it!

  • Heidi July 18, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Yasmeen – it seemed to help a lot, thank 🙂 hope you're all better now too!

    Lorraine – thanks!!

    Anna – hehe me too, thank you 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Corrine/Frock And Roll July 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Um, YUM! What delicious treats! (Although taking a peek at this while I was hungry REALLY wasn't one of the finest ideas I've had lately…)

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds July 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I love crumle, such a perfect Winter treat! Your Saturday night in sounds perfect.

  • Lisa July 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    It is hibernation weather isn't it? I was sick a couple of weeks ago and it is lingering – very annoying. Crumble has been getting a big run in my house too. I'm more like your Mum, I just make it up as I go along. Right now I've been using Carmen's bircher museli instead of plain rolled oats. I love the sultanas, nuts and other delicious ingredients add to the topping.

    My usual mix is: rolled oats (or muesli), brown sugar, assorted spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc depending on mood), flour or ground nuts and enough butter rubbed through to make it clumpy. Sometimes it is better than other times, it is about tasting it as you go along.

    Must try strawberries though! That will be the next crumble.

  • Heidi July 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    COrrine – hehe, sorry about that 😉

    Julia – it was rather wonderful!

    Lisa – thanks for the Carmen's tip! Sounds delicious, as do the spices. I think I need to spice mine up a bit 😉 & yes, do try strawberries, they're so delicious!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston July 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Awwwwh… I hope you are both feeling better, winter seriously stinks. Love that steak, and your crumble sounds delish and warm. Although… The movie??? Lol… Really! 🙂

  • Heidi July 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    hehe yes *shifty eyes* xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Hehehe, perfect labor division. 😀 I haven't seen HP 7-2 yet, but my parents went this night – 600 km from me, so I wasn't angry they didn't take me 😉 – and I can't wait to watch it. Maybe this weekend? It's raining all the time anyway.