Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Small pleasures make life worth living. Memories of smell, taste, touch, feeling are instant transporter into time and place. In a world where time travel is not yet invented, only memories can take you places.
i like simplicity. I always did. It's not like I won't undertake some serious complicated project, but simple things tend to make me feel better. Smile on a child face, stubborn little flower growing in the cracks between walls, stranger saying 'thank you' when you give way on the pavement...I could go on and on, and at the same time remember how many simple things we take for granted.
Not to digress....this recipe is one of the simplest things that brings happy memories. The very first time I tried it was at my uncle's engagement party, what it seems now like centuries ago.
Pack of 'pettit beurre' biscuits
6-7 large apples, cored, peeled and sliced very finely
1,3 l water
6-7 tablespoons sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
2 sachets chocolate pudding powder
Arrange the biscuits in one layer at the bottom of a deep rectangular dish. Put the apples in the water with the sugar and vanilla sugar and boild them until soft. Remove the apples with slotted spoon and arrange evenly over the biscuits in the tin. Keep the cooking water warm. Dissolve the pudding powder with 5-6 tablespoons of cold water and add a laddle of the warm cooking water into the mixture. Mix to combine and add the mixture into the warm water. Stir until you have thick consistency and when cooked, pour over the apples. Leave to cool and put into the fridge for 5-6 hours before serving.
It can't get simpler than that!