Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stormy Sunday

The wind is howling, blowing a gale and I really felt like staying inside.
I could have stayed in bed all day and read but Mr. HB was busy downstairs putting the 3rd coat of Simply White Benjamin Moore paint on the walls.
One cannot let the team down and laze about all day.
I feel the need to fuel the man I love and so I got busy.

"Nothin says lovin like somethin from the oven!"
Do you remember that ad from Pillsbury?
Amazing ad men/women and their slogans infiltrated our homes via the TV.
I am sure that I am not alone in remembering their songs and catchy lines.
I found a site that has a list of case you've forgotten.

Dressed in my black Yoga pants, a casual tank and a warm LULU hoodie ~ my OOTD.
Oh and I had an apron over top as I messed about in the kitchen.
Messy is my habit when cooking or baking,
many garments have been mortally wounded when I forget to get my uniform on!

There is a "party of two" in The Humble Bungalow.

Ina likes to cook for her husband and she makes him some wonderful meals.
I have tried and really enjoy her chicken pot pie, it's comforting on a stormy night.

She has a tasty rustic Apple Crostata dessert that I have always meant to bake
but never quite got around to it until today.

It's a snap to make using the food processor.

the pastry recipe makes enough for two tortes
one gets put in a plastic bag and frozen for future use

a couple of large apples sliced
some grated orange rind
are piled atop an 11 inch pastry round leaving 1 and 1/2 inch border
which is then folded up over top of the apples

a crumbly topping 
consisting of cinnamon allspice flour sugar and butter
goes on top

baked on parchment paper
at 450 for 20 minutes until golden
I think I'll serve it with a dollop of coconut Greek yogurt.

You can find the recipe here.

On the menu for tonight is honey glazed chicken
served over rice
with wilted spinach and stir fried red peppers.

Mr. HB has a roaring fire going in the fireplace
we are both relaxing in the living room
he reading his current novel on his IPAD 
and I'm blogging on my laptop.

If only I had some Harvey's Bristol Cream...
~ ~ ~
Keep Warm


  1. Everything sounds lovely and delicious! Ina is my go to gal as well. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Thanks Bonnie it is a delicious dessert.
      Soon to be served here on a regular basis!

  2. Safe and warm in a house filled with love. Beautiful post. Enjoy!

    1. Our daughter was without power for several hours.
      How did you do with that storm Sandy on the east coast?

  3. We did have similar days. It is nasty out. Brrr.
    I love Ina's recipes and have several of her books. Enjoy your roaring fire...I'm enjoying ours. Cozy is my mantra for this week. Have a beautiful week.

    1. Cozy is how I am dressing too!
      Cashmere socks and scarves wrapped around my neck and the down coat has made it's debut!
      Keep warm and do show us that knitting project when you complete it.

  4. I have that book by Ina Garten and its wonderful. I have two others of hers too and every single recipe is delicious.

    1. Lisa it's so nice to have reliable recipes that we can use.
      I have 2 of her books and have had success and compliments with everything I have made from them.
      Happy Cooking!

  5. The apple pie looks delicious. Don't you love days like this, being in the comfort of home just enjoying living/
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving

    Helen xx

    1. I do love days like this one...
      when I retire I hope to spend many happy hours creating meals for friends and family in our wee bungalow.

  6. It sounds very cozy, and a hot, home cooked meal on a stormy day is a wonderful treat!

    1. Your weather is so different than ours...
      while we are wearing our down coats you can wear a chic trench coat!
      Love those new red shoes and lipstick you've been showing us!

  7. What a cozy scene you've written. The wind is certainly howling tonight!

    1. It's a rainy day today but thankfully the wind has abated.
      Hope you are cozy and warm.

  8. What delicious meals you make for just the two of you. I'm sure Mr HB is warmly appreciative!

    1. He does like it when I make the extra effort...
      but then he is good to me too.
      I will be enjoying a lovely new laundry room very soon!

  9. I'm an Ina fan. I have never been disappointed with her recipes. Tori and I made our Thanksgiving menu last night. On it is a traditional apple pie but now I am thinking I want to make this instead. It looks SO good!

    1. It's been decided! Ina's Apple Crostata it is. Thank you for sharing this dessert with us!

    2. If you have a crowd you could make two instead of freezing the rest of the dough.

  10. What a lovly kind of day. I made that crostini and it was delicious. I am a big Ina fan. I bet you both really enjoyed it...with a scoop of vanilla ice cream maybe?

    1. We used the coconut Greek style Greek yogurt...
      it really doesn't need a thing though. It's a winner.

  11. I don't feel properly comfy baking unless I'm wearing a pinny. Makes me feel as though I know what I'm doing once it's hung round my neck and tied firmly at the waist!

    1. Oh that's good to know!
      Dressing for the occasion ~ I suppose we are creatures of habit.

  12. I want to reach through the computer screen and have a slice! Last night was just as bad weather wise on the lower mainland and we had a power outage around 8 pm. Keep cozy.

    1. Oh it was a wild night. Several ferry sailings were cancelled too.
      Better weather today though despite the rain.
      Hope you had candles and a warm blanket to keep warm.

  13. What a cozy night! I heard Ina speak recently here in Los Angeles and she mentioned that apple crostata. I love her books and cook from them all the time. Her new one "Foolproof" looks excellent.

  14. I wonder if after reading your post it inspired me to peruse her books...
    thank you Sunday, I owe you one!