Firstly, let me catch my breath and give you your Tour de France update. If you’re not watching the highlights, you seriously need to – yesterday’s stage was INCREDIBLE. It was an individual time trial when each rider rides a 50km route against the clock by themselves. You start with the slowest rider and end with the bloke in the lead…aka Bradley Wiggins. It was an AMAZING ride, utterly incredible and left us screaming and shouting at the TV. Brad extended his lead to 1 minute 53 seconds which is a really good cushion. Tomorrow is a rest day, so they get to sleep a bit and then Wednesday is back in the mountains. It really was an AMAZING day.

A streak of yellow!


Right. I’m calmer now. Let’s talk food. This week’s vaguely healthy recipe stretches the definition of ‘healthy’ a little TOO far but it has loads of fruit in, so focus on the fruit and not the sugar or the butter!

Last week, my friend and I took our little boys down to Pescadero on the coast to pick berries. It was their first time, and it was hilarious. Basically Jen and I picked berries whilst the boys tried to infiltrate the irrigation systems and splash in puddles. We picked Olalieberries which I hadn’t heard of until we moved here – they’re like blackberries. We picked a couple of pounds of them and then took them home to make crumble. I can hardly believe that I have become this domesticated. It’s incredible.

Berry Picking team!

The crumble I made isn’t a true crumble. I got it from Diana Henry’s Cook Simple, where it’s labelled a Swedish Apple Pie. I just replaced some of the apples with Olalliberries. It was GOOD! So good I finished it off the next day for lunch, stood eating guiltily in the kitchen so no-one would spot me.

Olallieberry and Apple Kind-Of-Crumble

5 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into pieces (or two apples and 2 lbs of Olallieberries).

125g (4 1/2 oz) butter

150g (5 1/2 oz) sugar

200g (7 oz) plain flour

3/4 tbsp baking powder

Zest of one lemon (I didn’t have a lemon so I used some Pumpkin Pie Spice instead and it was gorgeous)

45g (1 1/2 oz) flaked almonds. (I didn’t have almonds so I used walnuts instead).


1. Grease the bottom of your oven-proof dish

2. Layer the apples and berries in the bottom of the dish.

3. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and lemon zest in a big bowl.

4. Melt the butter and then mix into the flour mixture. Stir well to combine.

5. Spread the flour/butter mixture over the fruit. Sprinkle with the nuts.

6. Bake for 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 400F.

The Olalieberries I used were a little tart so I added some brown sugar to the fruit mixtures. Just to make it that bit healthier, obviously.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never heard of those berries either. This reminds me to check our local u-pick site. The kids would love to get out of here and get their hands on some fruity vines.

  2. Cathryn says:

    It was fun for the kids. I think 2 1/2 was a bit too young to fully appreciate it but they just loved running around in the dirt. Your older kids will love it. I’m still not convinced that Olallieberries aren’t blackberries in disguise, but they tasted good!!

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