Summer Nectarine, Apple & Raspberry Crumble

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So it’s been a while… again.

*lengthy essay coming up, so feel free to skip this bit and head to the bottom for the recipe!*

I’ve been away for a month in Tokyo where I really enjoyed myself and it was so lovely to not think about anything apart from relaxing and having a good time. Not thinking about any work and really letting myself take a rest. I think that break really benefitted me. It wasn’t that I wasn’t inspired before but there was a time in the midst of exams where I made such simple and basic meals that I didn’t feel like they were ‘worthy’ of sharing.
I’m sure anyone else who blogs or is a content creator understands this feeling of creating things that ‘aren’t good enough’. I put these in inverted commas because I feel like it’s all to easy to be so hard on yourself and sometimes it’s hard to remember that you’re your own worst critic.
Now that I’m back and well rested I feel so inspired and I’m excited to get into the kitchen and try and make something delicious. I craved that feeling for a while, of being passionate about creating and I feel like I’m back in the gist of it all.

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Anyway, back to the recipe!

I adore crumbles so much and my favourite has to be rhubarb – I love the tartness and sweetness that contrast against the crumbly oaty topping. However, rhubarb season is all over and I thought it would be best to work with available fruits like nectarines which are so sweet at this time of year. The apple in the crumble has a bit of bite which adds a nice texture and the raspberries add the tartness that provides a wonderful contrast.

The crumble is delicious too and packed with goodness like desiccated coconut, cashew butter and cacao nibs as well as oats to keep it traditional.
The oats also make it acceptable to eat this for breakfast, right?😉

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Summer Nectarine, Apple & Raspberry Crumble vegan, gluten free, dairy free
Serves 4 small portions

This summer crumble is a wonderful ode to the ripe and sweet summer fruits that are readily available. Feel free to swap the fruit to suit what you like, maybe switching the berries. In autumn, pears and cinnamon would make a delicious filling, and would work equally as wonderfully with the ‘buttery’ oaty topping.
I also want to mention that you can substitute coconut sugar for regular brown sugar with great results.

For the topping:
100g rolled oats
2 tbsp cashew butter
2 tbsp coconut oil, softened/ melted
2 tbsp coconut sugar (you can use less or more depending on how sweet you want it)
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)

For the filling:
1 nectarine (you could also use a peach), cored and diced
1 pink lady apple, cored and diced
Handful of raspberries
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp coconut sugar

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Mix all of the topping ingredients apart from the oats in a large bowl.
Add the oats slowly, starting with 50g and adding them until you think the texture is perfect. The topping should be crumbly but there should be some chunks.

Put the nectarine and apple in a pan with the water and sugar and let it simmer for around 5 minutes until the fruit is hot but the apples have a bit of texture to them. Add more water if needed.

Place the fruit in the bottom of oven safe jars and top with fresh raspberries.

Place the crumble on top and place in the oven for 15 minutes until piping hot.

Serve as they are or top with oat cream (my personal favourite), coconut yoghurt, or a dairy free cream alternative.

 

 

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters (Vegan, Gluten and Grain Free)

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters (Vegan, Gluten and Grain Free) | Add A Little
It’s finally the summer holidays and I literally couldn’t be any more excited.
Weirdly though, I’m at a bit of a loss because I don’t really know how to spend my free time due to the lack of revision that seems to have been going on for months. I’ve just been going to galleries and cooking a whole lot of food and also just getting super excited for upcoming holidays.

I came up with this recipe which I thought would be perfect for a summer meal. Packed with vegetables but also substantial and filling (especially when topped with a poached egg or avocado).

I’m sure you know by now that I’m totally obsessed with chickpea flour, it acts as the perfect binder in the recipe, meaning you don’t need an egg, and also means that the recipe stays gluten free. So it’s a win-win situation for all!

I’ve kept the recipe simple, but it’s so easy to adapt. I’m sure adding cumin to the batter and serving it with a cucumber yoghurt, hummus and pomegranates would be mouthwatering.

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters (Vegan, Gluten and Grain Free) | Add A Little

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters (vegan, gluten free, dairy free)
Serves 2 (or 4 as a starter)

These fritters are super simple to make and full of sweet delicious flavour from the carrots and zucchini. The amount. I like to serve these with a quick, fresh salsa on top and a big squeeze of lemon or tahini dressing, but they would work equally well as a substitute for okonomiyaki by spreading brown sauce, mayo and nori on top.

1 zucchini, grated
1 carrot, grated
4 tablespoons chickpea flour (also called besan)
Water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Extra virgin olive oil

Mix 2 tablespoons with about 4 tablespoons of water until a thick batter forms. Set aside for minimum 15 minutes (up to 24 hours, if kept in the fridge).

Grate the carrot and zucchini and squeeze out the liquid (either using a cheesecloth or your hands).

Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and mix with the batter.

Add another 2 tablespoons of dry chickpea flour until the batter has a thick consistency but sticks together.

Heat a pan and coat with a generous amount of oil.

When the pan is hot, place 1-2 tablespoons of batter in a circle and cook on medium-low heat for around 2 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through.

Serve immediately.

Zucchini and Carrot Fritters (Vegan, Gluten and Grain Free) | Add A Little

Alex Katz: Quick Light

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A LittleIf you didn’t know already, I adore the Serpentine Gallery. It’s a white cube gallery situated in Kensington Gardens and it’s the perfect place to get a quick culture break.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

I’d never seen an exhibition of work by Alex Katz previously but I felt like this was the perfect introduction, highlighting some of his striking works.
I was pleasantly surprised with the collection they decided to display which showed his diverse subject matter, my favourite of which was the images of females.

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I particularly enjoyed how the bright colours of the canvas, especially the orange, stood out against the white walls, making each piece seem iconic.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

The exhibition also looks at other works which I didn’t know much about before coming to see them.  I enjoy how he uses dark colours, such as black and greys, and uses broad brushstrokes to create a dynamic and smoothly rendered image.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

And if you’re going to see the exhibition, make sure to pop by this years Serpentine Pavilion. Its a wonderful sight of cubes placed into a pyramid composition.

 

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

Alex Katz: Quick Light at the Serpentine Gallery
Exhbition runs from 2nd July, 2016 – 11th September, 2016
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am- 6pm
Free admission