Autumn Apple Crumble


Warm comfort food,woolly warm jumpers, steaming mugs of coffee, a cosy corner with a warm blanket and a good book or a long walk in the crisp Autumn air , when you think of Autumn what springs to mind ?

For me its all the above and the smell of warm apple crumble straight out of the oven. That warm apple and cinnamon smell that just makes the whole house seem so cosy. The middle farmer came home from work last week with a bucket of fresh apples so I had to make some crumble. The one thing about being coeliac is the flour, it is just rotten in most things and baking is never as nice but I think I nailed this crumble and it was just as nice or nicer than my old recipe for apple crumble. It lasted all of one night and was eaten by all the farmers with custard, what more could you want on a dark Autumn evening only warm crumble and custard.

So here is my apple crumble, if you want to make it and you can use normal flour then just change your flour for normal and leave out the xanthan gum.

  • Tray for baking crumble in, I used a glass one.
  • I used about 8 apples but use as much you need to have a nice layer in your tin.
  • 210g or so of gluten free/ normal flour.
  • 2 teaspoons of Xanthan gum if you are using gluten free flour only.
  • 50g roughly of porridge oats.
  • 70g sugar can use brown or white whichever you have.
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
  • 170g butter salted or unsalted butter.
  1. Peel and cut up your apples put them in your tray and cover with some extra sugar and a good sprinkle of cinnamon.
  2. Put your flour , oats , sugar , cinnamon and xanthan gum if you are using it into a bowl and then hand mix in the butter till it looks a little like bread crumbs and you have no lumps of butter next. ( leave out your butter for a few hours so its soft makes it so much easier to mix).
  3. Cover your apples with the crumble mix and then cover it with tin foil for the first 25 mins in the oven, bake at gas mark 5/6, this gives the apple a chance to cook and not just your crumble topping.
  4. After about 25mins take off the tin foil and put it back in the oven till your crumble topping is nice and golden. Take it out and enjoy with some custard.

So that’s it a very easy and we all think tasty Autumn Apple Crumble hope you enjoy it as much as we all did.

Our Summer Adventures: Week 1 and 2.


Sorry there was no post yesterday but I want to share with you some of our adventures we are having this summer so I will be posting on a Tuesday now instead of a Monday. For the summer Mondays are mine, the farmer and Sids day off so we are trying to head away from ย the yard for that day. So last week it was the farmer who decided where we went and we headed to the beautiful city of Kilkenny. This is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and do. We parked in the car park beside the river which wasn’t expensive, we were parked most of the day. We headed to the shopping centre first and then back down the town to get some lunch. Now being coeliac getting food out when we are away is always a little nerve wracking because you want to get good food and also not limit the farmers as to where they can eat so we tried Langtons, they had a huge choice for us all and there was no problem with me getting gluten free. After lunch we headed to see the castle which just like something out of a fairy tale. You can go on a tour of the castle but we didn’t we just enjoyed the grounds which has a playground, acres of grass to play on and a beautiful rose garden.

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We then headed back to look at the rest of the shops along the streets of Kilkenny and stopped into a little cafe just across from Kytelers Inn for the best scones and tea I have tasted in ages they even have gluten free. We spent the whole day in Kilkenny and enjoyed every minute of it, its a beautiful place and Sid didn’t get bored once.

So yesterday it was my choice and I brought the farmer and Sid to the Irish national stud and Japanese gardens in Kildare. There is free parking at the stud, there are picnic tables in the car park if you didn’t want to buy food when you were there. It cost 29euro for the three of us to entry the stud which isn’t expensive when you see the size and the up keep of the place. We went to see the gardens first and they are so pretty with a stone track to follow and a map to explain each stop on the way.

Sid loved exploring the gardens and looking into all the little tunnels and caves. When we were finished in the garden we headed to the restaurant for our lunch. It was 33euro for the three of us for our lunch and there are lots of gluten free options on the menu.

We ate our lunch out on the terrace and this was our view along with a swan and her baby.

 

After lunch we headed to the best bit or for me anyway, the stud farm. This place is just a horse lovers dream but it is equally beautiful for anyone. On the stud you get to look around all the stable yards, the stallions have air conditioning in their stables!. You get to meet some mares and their foals, see some of the top stallions they have and meet some legends of racing like Hardy Eustace, who we got to rub he is really friendly.

We got to visit the racing museum, see a video of a foal being born in the stud and learn a little about the man who started the stud back in 1900, Colonel William Hall Walker and how he believed the stars sealed the faith of each foal born and that every horse should be able to see the stars from their stable.

There is a playground near the mares and foals and also a fair door trail right around the stud for the kids to follow. Each fairy they find has an important job on the stud and each child gets a map for them to follow. Sid loved this but he did want to take home this foal, she was such a friendly little thing looking for rubs from everyone who went past. This is a great day out for all the family even if you have no interest in horses and its fully accessible to buggies or wheelchairs.

So there are our first two summer adventures, where have you been this summer on your adventures ? would love to hear all about them.

Your Health Is Your Wealth.


Your Health Is Your Wealth is one of those sayings you hear people say but never really think about. As far as getting sick  goes I have had a fairly average time of it, getting all the usuals each year, some snotty noses, sore throats and may be if I am really unlucky a tummy bug. I am not easy on myself, I didn’t drink enough water, eat enough fruit and veg, possibly get enough rest but this body of mine played along. It gave me endometriosis and decided we should be coeliac just to keep me on my toes and give me something to complain about but this year it’s pushing things a bit far. 

My body decided to let me have January but hit me with Kidney stones the end of February which landed me in A+E for the night and then sent home to try and pass my stone. I didn’t have the time for this, lambing was due to start and I couldn’t be sick so I only rested for a week.

Then over the last few months I was starting to notice I could feel my insides more, that my tummy was starting to look a little swollen and my period had changed, so of course I was delighted hoping that heading for 40 I might be starting to get menopausal early and no more endometriosis pain for me. So booked myself in for a smear and a chat with my Doctor delighted with the prospect of being pain free only for her to tell me that she thinks I now have fucking fibroids to add to my list of complaints !! 

Like seriously what is going on ? 40 in October and my body has decided that this is going to be the year it messes up our illness policy. So today I went back to see if my kidney stone had gone which thank God it Is, tomorrow I am off to get a scan to see exactly what is happening inside me and I have 2 more weeks to wait for my smear results. So this is the reason I needed a distraction  this month, some where to go that stops me thinking about me, about how I can’t be sick, I can’t stay in a hospital and about all the what it could be’s. I know there are lots of people an awful lot sicker than I am, I am not even sick but I am stressed but feel a little better for writing it down. I now see what that old saying means and I also need to start taking care of myself a little more, I take care of everyone else but not myself.

How do you take care of yourself ? Or are you like me and push till you break ? 

What I Learned This Week.


  • That even three days away is enough of a break to de stress.
  • Who ever invented a double bed was just mad.
  • That myself and the farmer can not sleep in a double bed we don’t have enough room ! 
  • I only have 3 more weeks till I am off for the summer.
  • That everyone should get measured for their Bra’s because to wear one that fits you properly is just heavenly.
  • That I am a size bigger than I thought, which explains why I was always uncomfortable.
  • Everyone should ring their broadband and tv provider every so often because you will nearly always come away with a better deal or service.
  • Birkinstock sandels are a little more expensive than your average ones but once they are worn in they are so comfy.
  • The tasty parlour do really tasty gluten free cakes and sweet treats and they are a Wexford based company.
  • I am really enjoying blogging everyday.

So there is my week, how was yours ? What did you learn ? 

A Little More Of Me.


I decided to continue the getting to know me theme from yesterday and give you ten facts about me. I had thought I was a pretty normal person till I wrote these down today and now I see I might have some little issues.

  1. I always try to buy a book that no one else has looked through in a shop because if I think someone has I wouldn’t buy it. I like my books to be new and never opened when I get them or I wouldn’t read it.
  2. I am the same with magazines, I get all mine online and hide them until I have finished reading them.
  3. I am Coeliac, have Endometriosis and a kidney stone at this very moment.
  4. I am happy when I have my horses and can take a walk on a beach.
  5. I have a soft spot for mugs, stationary and books.
  6. I hate melon and salmon but would eat just about everything else.
  7. My bed at night needs to be wrinkle free and tucked in at the bottom.
  8. If you wake me from my sleep or disturb me you will see my full temper, its possibly one of the only things that makes me really cranky.
  9. I am normally in the one mood all the time but if you cross me I don’t forgive easy if at all.
  10. I work hard but always have more to do than I have time for.

 

So there they are ten random facts about me that make me see I have sleep and book issues.

That post two done, we are really on a roll or is it a little early in the month to say that ? I am hoping you will all come follow me on my Instagram for my challenge and see what else I get up to during the day.

Do you suffer with any of the same weird issues I have ?  leave them in the comments below.

Get To Know Me And A Blog Challenge.


So normally when you start a blog you start by introducing yourself to everyone but because I already had a blog before this one I just guessed everyone knew me when I started this one. I have been having a very stressful 2017 so far and May has been health related and I need a distraction from myself so I am going to set myself a blog and Instagram challenge. From today I am blogging daily for the month, posting to my Instagram everyday and using my Instagram stories to share my days even showing my face.

I am hoping you will all join me, go follow my Instagram and help distract me for the month.

So to kick off the month I am going to introduce myself very quickly because my life is a busy one. I am Elaine, I will be 40 this October and I am the mother to three amazing boys who make me proud every day. I had my first two boys in my late teens and Sid when I was 32. I am married to Paul who is normally called the farmer in posts for nearly 2 yrs now but we are together for 23yrs this June. We started to other way around, family first then marriage. We have had various jobs over the years but we started farming 7yrs ago now and we love it, it takes up a lot of our family life in this house. I was born on the farm we own now and Paul was always farming when he was a teenager. One of my passions is horses and we started our Riding centre and livery in 2003, another passion is teaching. I am a Montessori teacher during the week and a horse riding instructor at the weekends. I love books, coffee, getting my nails done, chocolate and the beach. I found out last year I am Coeliac and this February I found out I have a kidney stone which is still there and am at the moment getting tests done for some other things which is why I need this distraction. So there is a condensed version of my life and I will share more over the month.

I really hope you will join me and give my Instagram a follow.

See you all tomorrow,

Elaine.

Porridge bread


Who loves their bread ? Me , Who loves really good homemade brown bread ? Me , Who can’t have gluten and misses having good bread ? ME !  and who just loves good bread ? ME well if you answered yes to any of these read on for a really good recipe. Since I found out I am Coeliac before the summer I have been making it my mission to try every made and mixture of gluten free bread and let me tell you they are all pretty crap in varying degrees. Some taste like the package they come in , some are so full of crap they make your mouth feel fuzzy and some are just plain nasty but what do you do ? you are very limited to choices being Coeliac . Gluten free bread is also a total rip off , some loaves only come with four or five slices and are just so expensive. I have found some good multi seed rolls from Lidl which are fairly nice but that is it for my bread intake.

So I had planned that when I was off on my Halloween break I would try make my own gluten free bread. So I spent last week looking up recipes for breads and nearly all were made using gluten free flour which to be honest is not good either , using it stops at pancake making after that I have yet to make a good cake or scones or buns using it. Then one recipe caught my eye and it was for porridge bread. Now porridge oats are gluten free naturally straight from the field but what can happen when they are in the grain store they can get mixed with other grains that do have gluten so the companies how make them can’t guarantee their oats are gluten free. There are lots of companies who do gluten free porridge oats and they can guarantee their oats haven’t mixed with any other grains so for me I can use them.

As I looked more porridge bread recipes up I decided I would give it a go and see how it turned out. I did change it a little because I add honey to it which I used to do when I was able to make normal brown bread.

Porridge Bread :

  • 300g of porridge oats , normal or gluten free if you need them it makes no difference in taste which you use.
  • 1 x 500g tub of natural yoghurt.
  • 1 x egg
  • 2 x teaspoons of bread soda
  • 1 x level teaspoon of salt
  • 1 x tablespoon of honey
  • 1 x 2lb loaf tin greased and lined
  •  I added a handfull of mixed seeds to mine and also sprinkled some on top.

Mix your honey  , yoghurt and egg together and add your seeds. Then add in your porridge , seeds ,  salt and bread soda and mix till well combined then put it all into your loaf tin and bake in the oven at gas mark 5 / 190c for about 50 to 60mins checking its cooked with a knife, it should come out clean when the bread is cooked.

It is such an easy and really tasty bread for anyone and its even better for someone who cant have gluten because it just tastes so good and its easy to make gluten free. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we are at the minute.

Send me some pictures of your bread if you try it to my snapchat @ elaineslife or to my Instagram I would love to see how it turns out for you.

Elaine x