As I lay glued to my two hot water bottles last night I reflected on the beginning of Winter. I have to confess, I am a Winter lover. Perhaps it's because my birthday is in Winter, but I love a fire to cuddle up next to, an extra blanket on the bed, a scarf around my neck, cosy socks and warming foods. Don't get me wrong, I greatly dislike a cold wind, but crisp frost on the tent or laying in bed listening to the rain is wonderful.
This morning I sat with a hot cup of chai intending to watch the rising sun of the solstice reach me, but it was overcast and raining. I did however rejoice in the fact that the inward reflection and 'letting go' of autumn has now transformed into the spark of fire or light that is the winter solstice - and the light growing from now on. Seems like the perfect time for new beginnings, ideas, projects, committments and challenges. Of course this warmth and light must be translated to nourishing food! Due to an abundance of apples and kiwifruit this Winter Solstice Crumble evolved.
Apple and Kiwifruit Solstice Crumble
1/4 Cup Ghee* or Butter
1/2 tsp Allspice
Small handful each of:
- Rolled Oats
- Raw Almonds
- Raw Walnuts
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
Preheat moderate oven. Slice apples and kiwifruit into thin slices leaving apple skins on. Place slices in baking dish. Coarsely chop or crush in blender: oats, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Melt butter or ghee over low heat on the stove. Top fruit with the crumble mix and drizzle melted butter over. Bake in the oven for 20-30 mins until golden on top. Serve with maple syrup, custard or as is. Serves 2-3 people.
* A note about Ghee. I have recently discovered the wonders of ghee and my body's love of it! I am intolerant to the protein in animal milks and therefore choose dairy free food usually. Given that ghee is clarified butter, it is therefore lactose and milk protein free, but still contains the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. This is a great resource from the Weston A. Price Foundation about the different types of health benefits from eating fats. Ghee is a wonderful way to incorporate healthy fat for dairy intolerant folk.
I'm looking forward to watching the spark of light within all those I meet grow over the coming months of Winter. Happy solstice everyone.