Rhubarb and Apple Crumble Cake

Rhubarb and Apple Crumble Cake

Hungry and Frozen, p.169, Laura Vincent

Firm biscuit-like cake. 12-16 slices.


200g butter

100g sugar

50g brown sugar

250g flour

1 lg apple

200g rhubarb stalks, trimmed

1 T sugar, extra

1 T rolled oats

½ t gr cinnamon


Oven : 180 deg C

Line base 20×30 cm baking dish


Cream butter and sugar, mix in flour.

Carefully press in ¾ of mix into tin. (Wet back of spoon to press down).

Bake for 10 minutes.


Dice apple, chop rhubarb into 1 cm pieces. Scatter over base and sprinkle with extra sugar.

Mix oats and cinnamon into remaining dough and crumble it over top.

Bake for 35 minutes until crumble golden brown.

Allow to cool in tin, then cut into slices.


similar recipe, with photos :: http://www.raspberricupcakes.com/2010/05/apple-and-rhubarb-crumble-pie.html

different recipe, gluten-free :: http://vegematarian.com.au/2012/07/02/crumble/


Jo Seagar’s Pineapple Shortcake

pineapple-shortcakeBring one 455g can crushed pineapple in juice or syrup to boil (use two cans if you want a richer filling – one crushed, one pieces).

Thicken with 3T custard powder mixed to a paste with 1/4c water.

In a food processor,
cream 125g butter, 3/4c sugar,
add 1 egg and sifted 1/4c cornflour,
1 1/2c flour and 1t baking powder.

Remove half the dough and press into a shallow sponge roll tin and spread with cooled pineapple filling.

Add extra 1/4c flour (approx) to remaining dough and pulse until mixture crumbles.

Sprinkle over pineapple filling, pressing down gently. Bake for 25-30 min at 180c.

When cooked, dust with icing sugar, serve warm or cold with cream or ice-cream.

Opinion: Finding the true essence of marriage


from 8 April 2013: Rex Ahdar is a law professor at Otago University.

Opinion: Finding the true essence of marriage | Stuff.co.nz.

Christmas, Gifts, and Timing

We celebrate Christmas – the coming of Jesus Christ as a baby born in a Bethlehem manger. We put up the Nativity scene, bit by bit. Baby Jesus doesn’t appear until the 25th December  The poor Kings languish on the cabinet for December, until, finally, they can be put on the mantelpiece Nativity set early January. Santa doesn’t even get a look-in in our home.

Saint Nicklaus, the priest from Myrna in Turkey, is talked about 5 December – for his generosity and compassion for poorer people. One year we handmade little gifts with a little written card or letter (with a blessing) and secretly hid them in the other’s shoe, without them seeing the gift being delivered. We had to restrict the children from going in their own wardrobes between 7pm and 7am! Early December we also have fun decorating the Christmas Tree – chatting about who gave the decorations and when.

Christmas Day is a problem for me though. I cringe when the wider family is opening presents together – papers are ripped off, gift looked at, then next present grabbed. Ugh! But I have teased my kids, now young teens, that maybe this year we won’t open gifts till the 6th of January. After all, isn’t the story of the Wise Men bearing gifts where we got the idea from.  It would free Christmas Day, a holy day, from desecration by greed and the “gimmees”. We can then contemplate a Baby born who bought hope, goodwill, and ultimately salvation to our world – for everyone. Jesus is God’s Royal Gift for us.

Back in Jesus’ Day, the Magi from the East brought gifts fit for a King. This is celebrated 12 days after Christmas (Epiphany). These are the real 12 days of Christmas – not before the 25th. Epiphany is the climax of the Advent/Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are usually counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th, which is the Twelfth Day. In following this older custom of counting the days beginning at sundown, the evening of January 5th is the Twelfth Night. This is an occasion for feasting in some cultures, including the baking of a special King’s Cake (maybe a twisted iced bread/brioche ring or pastry fruit-filled galette). It is cut into pieces for those present, plus one for the poor or “the share of God”. One or two things hidden in the cake will indicate who is King (and Queen) for the day.

December and January in New Zealand is summertime. No-one is home between Christmas and New Year. We’re probably all at the Beach: from where I live, that is 30 minutes west, or 70 minutes east, or  less than 2 hours north any number of beaches. Life is already exciting and busy, doing outdoorsey things.

Delayed gratification and the anticipation is good for the soul! Maybe gift-giving on January 6th isn’t such a bad idea.

Anyway, wasn’t Jesus really born late September-October?

Hamilton Ring Road

Hamilton, New Zealand, has a population of about 145,000 (206,000 greater urban) and has a massive ring road under construction.
This is a great webpage showing before and after photos.




FF : Love can save us from this moral vacuum

What is the key to our living safely and respectfully in community?

Bless Garth George, journalist and column writer for NZ Herald. He has touched on the key issue here:


“Love can save us from this moral vacuum”

“Things must be getting really grim when two newspaper commentators – Wellington veteran Rosemary McLeod and former Listener editor Finlay Macdonald – on the same day opine that the increasingly parlous state of our society is the result of the collapse of traditional morality rather than social dysfunction. … keep reading …

The Ten Commandments, in our morally-declined society, can still direct our lives.

Can you list the Ten Commandments?

or Jesus’ “Two Commandments”?

WW : Reference Page of Reference Pages

all reference



http://dictionary.reference.com/reverse/ – for when you’re struggling to find the right word

Encyclopaedia –  http://www.reference.com/ 

Internet Searchwww.google.com – also images, advanced search tips

Metric Conversion – http://www.metric-conversions.org/ – metric/imperial

http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm – calculator too


http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ – visual fun



Phone numberswww.whitepages.co.nz – NZ

Television – http://ontv.uni.cc/ – main NZ TV stations on one page – TV1, TV2, TV3, C4, Prime, also some YouTube clips

Weatherhttp://www.metservice.co.nz/default/index.php – NZ

My StumbleUponhttp://banquet.stumbleupon.com/ – 720 websites I’ve “liked”


http://www.myhq.com/public/p/a/pamm/ – one homeschooler’s resource page for various topics


http://www.howtoteachscience.com/freestuff/labs_demonstrations_and_activites.html – pdf pages

Spelling Bee : http://www.visualthesaurus.com/bee/?ad=google.spelling&gclid=COHlwqr5q5QCFR0ZagodMUsvtg – online

http://www.carey.ac.nz/Resources/Pages/Other_Links/ – what some theological lecturers link to

What do you have on your mother-of-all-reference-pages reference page?

Live, love, and laugh – each day,