Do you ever sit back and reflect how your unintended actions often produce some unique life experiences? Well, I just had one of those moments. When I began writing about food, I certainly didn’t envision sitting up on stage with a New York Times Best Selling author hosting a Q&A in front of 200 people. But there I was with Deb Perelman, better known as Smitten Kitchen at her Vancouver book signing session for her recently released Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
If I were to tell you I wasn’t nervous, I’d be lying. Thankfully though, I was comforted by having met Deb earlier in the evening and she was exactly as advertised…sweet, kind and never at a loss for words (in the good way). I knew I just had to get out that first questions and we’d be off and running. After that one question, I did my best Geraldo impression and passed the microphone around for people in attendance to ask questions.
With 200 books to sign, the Q&A lasted only 15-20 minutes and I’d love to say I remembered some amazingly insightful piece of wisdom from Deb (which I’m sure there was), but the whole thing was a blur to me and truth be told, I was more focused on the next question than what was being said. It’s safe to say, I’m not ready for my own talk show…yet. However, I will say that Deb Perelman is an inspiration to anyone who has a story to tell. My lasting impression from that evening is that good things come to those who put in the work, are passionate and accept the likelihood of failure many times over in order to find perfection.
In looking through the Smitten Kitchen cookbook, the recipe for Apricot Breakfast Crisp called out to me. I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that I am not a morning person and I’ll look for any added motivation to wake up within four smacks of the “snooze” button. As it’s not apricot season, I opted for apple breakfast crisp and tweaked it a bit to make it a bigger. My logic was more crisp equals more incentive to wake up.
I’m happy to report this crisp is worth waking up to. It’s also worth standing over the stove and picking at it with very little guilt.
Now on to the even better news!
The kind people at Appetite by Random House have given me a signed copy to giveaway! You too can be smitten with The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
To enter, just tell me what you are smitten with these days. Maybe it’s just life, a recipe, a doggie, a new running route, whatever. And since this book will be a hit wherever it may end up, I’m going to make this a worldwide giveaway!
Official Rules: This is a worldwide giveaway. No purchase necessary. Giveaway will end on November 21st 2012 at 11:59 pm PST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.
- Fruit Portion
- 2 cups apples – cubed
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Crumble Portion
- 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup 9 grains blend (or rolled oats)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Fruit Portion
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the apples into 1 inch cubes
- Place the apples into a small baking dish and combine with sugar, flour and cinnamon.
- Crumble Portion
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
- Stir in the sugar and then add the grains.
- Add the flour and mix.
- Add the flour and salt and mix until it forms large clumps.
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples.
- Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes.