Rainy Day Baking

Oh, how our weather has turned. Last week had me telling you about our sunshine and 25 degrees Celsius weather. But today – today we had a torrential downpour! It was dark and dreary. The kind of day where you just want to stay inside. And say, eat a warm breakfast.


A thick, creamy bowl of Peanut Butter & Jam Oatmeal was definitely in order.


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp skim milk powder
  • 3 dried figs, chopped
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • peanut butter
  • strawberry freezer jam


Again I went with the flax seed as decoration instead of mix in. I’m kinda liking it that way.


Of course, there was a glass of cranberry juice to complete the meal.


Mmm, mmm, good.


After breakfast I set out on a baking project. I wanted to make good use of the rhubarb and strawberries I had purchased at the farmer’s market on the weekend. What better way to showcase the fruits than in a crumble? Sure, some of you might say pie, but I lack pastry making skills. So crumble it was!

I scoured my cookbooks, finally deciding upon my Rebar Modern Food cookbook for inspiration. I have yet to make a bad dish from that book, especially the baked goods. I highly recommend it. Anyways – into a baking dish went 2 1/2 cups each of sliced rhubarb and sliced strawberries with some cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice.



Then I mixed up the crumbly topping – whole wheat flour, oats, pecans, flax seed, butter, and brown sugar. I may have eaten a small amount as I worked. And by small amount, I mean lots. I think that’s why the recipe makes so much topping – the know you’ll be doing some sampling as you go!


While the crumble was in the oven making my kitchen smell amazing, I made up a quick lunch with leftovers.

It started with the rest of the cucumber dill quinoa salad, plus some of the mixed baby greens from the farmer’s market.


Which I then topped with some sliced grilled chicken.


On the side I had a slice of toasted Silver Hills “The Big 16” sprouted grain bread smeared with Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Herbie Fromage Frais.


No sunshine available to photos today 😦


Although this was good, my appetite was minimal. I don’t think I even ate half of what was on the plate. I just wasn’t overly hungry, and it wasn’t working for me. I hate to throw out food, but I’m not about to force myself to eat if my body just isn’t into it. That, and perhaps I snacked on too much crumble topping? Oops!

Speaking of crumble – check out the final product!


Perfectly golden brown topping, the ruby red filling just peeking out the edges.


As much as I enjoy cooking, baking is what truly makes me happy.


I was good though, and let it cool on the counter, saving the taste test until after dinner.

I caught Sienna looking pretty on the blanket on the couch this afternoon.


And ended up having a teeny little snack later on – Kashi GoLean Crunch, vanilla Greek yogurt, drizzled with my sample of Barlean’s Lemon Omega Swirl. It was kind of like pie. But kind of not.


Dinner happened later, as it usually does in the course of the day.


Nothing was planned, and dad came up with the idea of perogies. We sent my sister to the store, and before we knew it, they were boiled up and ready to eat. Topped with some sour cream & melted butter. Not as good as my grandparent’s homemade ones, but they’ll do until I get around to making my own (summer project perhaps – anyone want to help me out?)


With some raw veggies and Sabra roasted garlic hummus on the side.


The sun even appeared for a short amount of time, just so I could photograph dinner.


My sister and I went to Zumba tonight. I think it was hotter in the gym tonight than last week when it was 25 C outside. Crazy stuff! I completely drained my water bottle before the end of class, and that never happens.

So when I got home I poured myself a large, cool glass of water, and dished out some dessert.


Why hello there delicious strawberry rhubarb crumble.


This was a hit. I achieved that perfect balance between sweet and sour. It’s so easy to add too much sugar to rhubarb dishes, and then you miss out on that true rhubarb pucker that you want. The crumble topping was great as well – mom gave it the thumbs up. She thinks it was the flax seed that made the difference. But I think she just likes when I cook and bake, because it means she didn’t have to do it 😉

Now I am off to enjoy the rest of my tea, and get into bed before midnight. It was my goal to make it to bed at what I consider a decent time, and I think I’m going to make it! I shall leave you with some kitty paws. Night!


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Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Sienna, Snack


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5 Comments on “Rainy Day Baking”

  1. May 19, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    I misses rain. The summer ‘s still not fade away from here. I love when I light the oven up, in the morning when the rain is pouring against the windows. Those pictures looks so good. I love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. May 19, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Holy amazing looking crumble!!! I’ve got some stewed rhubarb….wonder if that would work in a crumble with strawberries? Hmmm…

    As good as your eats always look, I just can not get enough of your cat!!!

  3. May 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Loving those flax-tastic oats!

  4. Caitlin
    May 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I did receive my contest prize earlier this week. I have been using the skincare so I am anxious to see if there will be noticeable results!!
    thanks again!

  5. May 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    uve inspired me to use quinoa in my stirfries! i will def. do that! looks so amazing!
    gosh crumble is so good, freshly baked and topped with vanilla bean ice cream!! 😛
    loving the oats too, def. would be just like a pb&jam sandwich 🙂
    and i know what u mean about the weather change, around noon they had a wind warning.. theyve recently taken it down (thankfully) but still i mean come on.. west coast weather can be such a drama queen! (mood swings!!) lol

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