Thursday 7 January 2010

Little Worlds . . .

There once was a bird that lived in a painted cage which stood next to a windowpane. Day after day he sat in his cage, singing his songs and preening his feathers, completely unaware of the world which lay beyond the glass of the window, knowing nothing of the wind, the sunlight and the rain. Poor wee thing . . . it was just as well it did not realize that his tiny wings were meant to beat against the skies. You cannot miss what you've never known . . .

There once was a man, who lived in a world composed of ready made ideas. A cage of sorts . . . composed of the prejudices and doubts and fears of the world, and those around him. He couldn't see that, just beyond of the wires of the cage he had so willingly embraced, just beyond his range of thought . . . lay a strange and lovely world where miracles were wrought, each and every day.

Year by year he lived content . . . within the wires of the cage of his making . . . never looking up to seek for God amongst the stars in the sky. In many ways the Lord appeared to him, and still he could not see . . . his blind and hardened heart blocking his vision. Poor wee little man . . . he lived and died in his captivity.

Food for thought on a snow filled Thursday morning. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing I hope you stay warm and safe today . . . oh and Angie . . . Happy Birthday! (Why not pop on over to Can You Hear Me At The Back and wish her a goodun!! Tell her I sent you!)

Here's an easy dessert that's very quick to throw together and makes good use of those punnets of hard fruit that you pick up in the shops coz they are a good buy, and yet . . . you just know that as long as you keep them on the counter, they just aren't going to ripen fully and soften before they get all mealy and go off.

*Baked Nectarine Dessert*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Quick, easy and quite inexpensive. You get the lovely fruity sweetness of juicy nectarines combined with the sweet crunch of an oatmeal praline on top. I like to serve this with a thick dollop of plain yoghurt on top, but Todd likes his with custard. Vanilla Ice cream or pouring cream would also be delicious!

4 ripe, firm nectarines, halved and stones removed
2 TBS flour
2 TBS cold butter, diced
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick oats)
1 TBS firmly packed soft light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
an extra TBS of butter, diced
a drizzle of framboise liqueur or Amaretto (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to `180*C/350*F. Butter a shallow baking tray. Place the nectarines on it, cut side up. Set aside.

Put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until it is quite crumbly. Stir in the oats, sugar and cinnamon.

Drizzle the nectarines with the liqueur if using, then sprinkle the crumbled mixture evenly over top of all. Dot the remaining TBS of butter over top and then bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the nectarines are soft and juicy, and the crumble is golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm with your preferred topping.

I know, I don't normally do chocolate here. I made this tasty cake for guests we had over on New Years day! Check it out, Chocolate Cola Cake, over on The English Kitchen. That sauce alone is to die for. Goes great on Ice Cream! (Pssst!! Angie, will this cake do??? ☺☺)


  1. Morning Marie, Hope that you are enjoying all this snow..Mary and I will be marooned now till it has gone ! It was great yesterday though sitting here in the warm, watching loads of bairns sledging and sliding over on the rec. where there is a lovely drop between top and bottom which is great for sledging down...
    I am sure angie will enjoy that "cake"
    Love Sybil xx

  2. Beautiful thought true...

    Enjoy your winter! Millions of people don't know what it is like in winter.I had experienced 5 winters and loved it. It's not easy but it's beautiful, isn't it?

  3. Beautiful story but most of all stunning photos of a crisp white world.

  4. Hi, dear Marie! It's almost too much snow now, isn't it? bbbrrr...VERY frosty! We have TONS of the white frosting here at the moment, and it's -20 C today! These photos capture the chill and beauty of winter... lovely! Today's dessert is lovely too! Be keeping warm and toasty, dear friend. LOVE YOU HEAPS! Hope we get to catch up soon. :o) ((BIG HUGS))

  5. Love your snow pictures! I love winter -- even snow -- but especially if I DON'T have to get out in it!

  6. Happy New Year Marie! Thought I'd drop by and see how you are. I hope the festive season treated you well? I'm sorry I don't stop by more regularly at times - it is so hard to keep up with all the reading and the festive season was hectic!

    Lovely winter photos here...and the bird...I saw a magpie yesterday in the snow and the footprints of a fox and I worried a little for the little creatures out there...I hope the snow is not too overwhelming for them...

    As usual, I loved reading this entry... lots of wisdom to be gleemed... xxx

  7. Your snow pictures are great. The birds will be appreciating what you put out for them for sure. I'll go visit the birthday girl now. Have a great Thursday

  8. What a winter wonderland we are in at the moment arn't we Marie.Good Grief,I am very angry I have missed Angies B/Day.Since Christmastime I have never had a look in my B/Day file as I was sure I had none in January.It's about the only Month I havn't.I reckon since more has fallen I darn't attenpt another struggle to the local shop or I'll probably be joing Ally in hospital.The deserts look scrumpcious Mmmm.Hope it's not too cold out there for you.Take Care God bless Kath xx

  9. wow, those pictures are so beautiful! wish i could be there...

  10. Such lovely, perfect thoughts, Marie! And that dessert of yours? Yum! Love the looks of your chocolate cake, too--lucky Angie!


  12. It's 30 for the high SA! This looks perfect to warm me up! I'm so cold!

  13. A beautiful story and the pictures are breathtaking. It seems the whole country is covered in frost and snow, from what I've been reading on other blogs.

  14. Hi Marie,
    The photos are lovely, I love our garden covered in snow, it's about the only time it looks nice at the moment!
    I'm going to resist the desserts although I shall copy them off for future use of course....can you guess why I'm not going to make them just yet?!!
    Love, Pat x

  15. Such awesome photos. I just love them.

  16. Hi Marie
    Boy you have lots of snow there. It looks so pretty. I haven't been able to get to the post office this week so I haven't sent off your prize yet. I'll let you know when I send it.
    Hugs, Rhondi


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