Friday, January 7, 2011

Meet Emerald Apron

From Emerald Apron's Kitchen

I'm so excited to be joining the Green Phone Booth! I'm an eco-superheroine on the home front, and I wanted to introduce myself by sharing some of my homesteading goals for the new year and giving you a preview of my future posts! I find that winter is a great time to daydream.
  • I've been dreaming of getting my own small flock of laying hens for years now, and this year is the year! I'm currently reading up on chickens, selecting breeds and reminding my husband he's going to build a coop this year.
  • I want to add some dwarf fruit trees to our tiny orchard of apple trees, planted a few years ago. I'm making a list of varieties I'd like to grow and plan to order them for the spring.
  • I'm thinking about changes to our small veggie garden and berry patch. This season, I want to add strawberries, rhubarb, and flowers to attract pollinators.
  • Reducing energy consumption is on my to-do list, and I have plans for a clothesline. I think they're beautiful.
  • I'm brainstorming ways to have fun outdoors with my son, Joshua, who is almost 10 months old. We spend a lot of time outside enjoying nature and getting dirty, but it's difficult in winter.

Finally, I want to share a recipe. I love to cook from scratch with local foods and my whole family loves these!

Pear Maple Crumble

Makes four servings in 6-ounce ramekins, or double the recipe and use a pie pan to make eight servings.
  • 2 pears, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cardamom
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oats

Combine the pears, maple syrup and spices and divide evenly between four 6-ounce ramekins. Combine remaining ingredients with your fingers until crumbly and divide over the ramekins. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm.


Carmen said...

That crumble looks delicious!

Look forward to following you on the booth.

panamamama said...

Yum! Chickens are really fun and SO easy! I was scared but got 3 last spring and they have been wonderful.

Willo said...

YUM! We have a totally improvised clothesline made from covered wire and large pieces of fallen tree nailed together, and I think it's beautiful (and it saves us a heckuva lot). I am SO looking into miniature fruit trees!!

Green Bean said...

Ohhh, that recipe looks to die for!

Farmer's Daughter said...

Willo I'm not sure where you are, but we get our trees from Miller Nursery. Check out their website, they have tons of trees!

Everydaywoman said...

Welcome, Emerald Apron! Just love your alter-ego name!

Awesome photo! That looks absolutely delicious!

Daisy said...

Rhubarb! Plant it where it will get sun and you will have rhubarb forever. I transplanted mine last summer and it came back almost doubled in quantity. I dice it and freeze it so I can bake with it in midwinter.

Canadian Doomer said...

Oh, that crumble recipe looks good. I don't have any pears in the house, though. I'll stash that away to make next fall.

I echo the recommendation for rhubarb, if you live in a place that's cold enough. It grows practically everywhere in Canada. I think it's zones 3-8.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Yes, rhubarb will grow here and I'm planning to add some! I actually meant to add it last year but what with Josh being born in March and all, well I was a little busy with my new baby in spring time and didn't get to plant the rhubarb (or much else). I'll do better this year!

Fischer said...

Do you have try the organic apple compote or the organic jam ? It's delicious too. There are some recipes on my website. My next one will be crêpes suzette.


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