Mixed Berry Crumble recipe + sharing a story of kindness
There is a loving saying, ‘we rise by lifting others.’ It’s a beautiful saying that I find particularly important to remember during these challenging times.
So I thought I would share a kind gesture that I was on the receiving end of this past weekend and its impact.
I was feeling pretty flat this past Friday night. I was feeling all ‘the feels’ of another lockdown and the further impact on this business, and where to turn next. The effect also that a parent can feel trying to navigate their children through something they have never been through themselves and doing everything to love and support them through it. So I guess it all just felt a bit too much. I know many of you might be riding a very similar wave.
Despite doing my best to ‘buck up,’ Michael noticed and came and asked what was going on. I explained, and he got it. I then further shared that I was feeling a bit stupid and useless (btw, if my daughters ever used these words on themselves that I was using on me … we’d be having a solid mother and daughter chat). Trying to soldier on and continuing to share my love of beautiful food and recipes right now – is it a bit of a laugh? I asked. He hugged. I cried. It helped.
Without a word of a lie, Michael then went to pop something outside, and he returns with a berry crumble in his arms (still warm!!) What the heck? It was from a lady that we rarely bump into but who is the mother of a gorgeous little girl that I remember so fondly from one of our daughter’s kinder years. More than a decade before. She was walking into our front yard to deliver this crumble when Michael saw her. She told him that every week for years, she and her family had cooked my recipes. She told him how grateful she was that I kept sharing them and thought it would be nice for someone to cook for me.
The beautiful feelings I was experiencing, and the love I felt from such a kind gesture were everything. I was ‘lifted up.’ She couldn’t have had any idea about my feelings or the chat I had had with Michael minutes prior. I guess that’s the point. We don’t know what each of us is feeling or going through, and these little acts of kindness and looking outward are what unites and connects us. It is what keeps us going. We are wired for connection, and we survive by looking out for and protecting one another.
The beautiful words that came with the warm crumble touched my heart. I am not sure if Libby used my recipe & nor does it matter, but I thought it might be lovely to share my mixed berry crumble recipe with you all here this week. I know how I felt when we received it and shared it as a family, and I hope you get some of those ‘good vibing’ feelings also. This particular recipe first appeared in the first Relish Mama cookbook – Recipes from a shared table & the Relish Mama kitchen.
Digging deeper, I know that sharing beautiful food and recipes is more important now than ever before. Food is what brings us together. That message has always been all over the Relish Mama website because I believe it and know it to be very true. These special moments of sharing food and moments are what unites us. It may not be paying the bills during a pandemic, but I hope to keep showing up for it for the rest of my days.
Thank you for continuing to be here with me. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the Relish Mama community and family. I hope this warm mixed berry crumble recipe brings you what it bought to our family.
Much love always,
Mixed Berry Crumble
- Food processor
- Baking dish
- 500 g mixed berries fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
- 75 g unsalted butter
- 175 g plain flour
- 120 g muscovado sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Suggestions are vanilla ice cream cream, raspberry sorbet or mascarpone.
- Put the berries into a shallow, medium-sized pie dish and sprinkle them with the sugar.
- Place the topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse to form rough crumbs. Scatter the topping evenly over the berries.
- Bake in the centre of a medium oven at 180 C for approximately 30 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the crumble is golden brown.
- Serving suggestions: Cream, Vanilla bean ice cream, raspberry sorbet or mascarpone.