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Ugly Food

September 9, 2008

Er…I mean, rustic.  That’s been my thing lately, it seems.  I made this pot pie, inspired by Pamela’s post, but not really from any one particular recipe.  I just kind of used what I had: extra firm tofu, peas, carrots, corn, potatoes, celery & nutritional yeast gravy.  It was SO GOOD.  I guess I’m gearing up for Fall already.

A look at its “guts”…

Going with the ugly, rustic, Fall theme, I made a particularly yummy fruit crisp, made extra delicious by using coconut oil in the topping, rather than margarine, atop the free fruit my sis picked & gave me.  It’s like a Northwest-meets-Tropics fusion dessert!  The recipe is inspired by the apple crisp in How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.  Even though it’s full of meat galore, I got it from Goodwill a long time ago & it has a lot of the basics in it, so it definitely comes in handy around here.

Not pretty, but damn tasty:

Apple-Pear-Coconut Crisp

  • 6 cups thinly sliced apples & pears (I didn’t peel mine because they’re organic/wax-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (use more/less, depending on sweetness of your fruit)

Preheat the oven to 375*F.  Toss the fruit with the cinnamon, lemon juice & brown sugar.  Pour the saucy fruit into an appropriate casserole dish & set aside.

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry or all-purpose)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil (should be solid, so you might need to chill it if your room is hot)

Combine the topping ingredients, except for the coconut oil, in a medium bowl.  Once they’re well-mixed, cut in the coconut oil with a fork, pastry cutter, or your lovely fingers, until the mixture is pebbly-ish.  Dump it on the fruit & spread it out evenly.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the fruit is tender (stab it with a knife to test).  If the topping begins to brown too quickly, lightly place a piece of foil over it.

***Don’t cover it tightly, or you’ll steam it & end up with cooked fruit w/mushy oatmeal delight.  Not cool.  (Don’t ask me how I know this.)

10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2008 4:09 am

    I have been making a lot of fall dishes lately, too. I am so ready for it! Pot Pies, all kinds of things Pumpkin and Spice…and I am already checking the stores for silk nog. I live in the southeast US and it won’t even get to be moderately cool here for a while to come, but I can dream.

  2. September 10, 2008 9:08 am

    I love crisps (or crumbles, as I call them) and yours looks yummy, not ugly. But maybe I am biased, because I never think crumbles look ugly. 😉

  3. Courtney permalink
    September 10, 2008 3:32 pm

    Wow–that pot pie looks amazing–and not at all ugly if you ask me! It looks delicious! Now I am craving pot pie…


  4. September 10, 2008 4:24 pm

    Who cares what things look like, as long as they taste good! And besides, I don’t even think those look ugly!

  5. September 10, 2008 7:54 pm

    You sure make *ugly* food look good! It looks loke pure comfort to me.

  6. September 10, 2008 8:07 pm

    omg what is that blue casserole dish thing?! my parents have the same one…or at least they did! now i am homesick. i would eat that thing for sure, BTW!

  7. September 10, 2008 8:46 pm

    Ugly for you is totally enticing for me! I love the second shot 🙂

  8. September 10, 2008 10:02 pm

    I love pot pie! And crumbly-crisps, too! I also tend to make rustic or artisan looking foods… which are just as delicious as anything more photo worthy! Yum!

  9. September 10, 2008 11:40 pm

    Virginia—I love Fall food! Everything is so creamy & spicy (cinnamon, not peppers) & comforting. I’ll have to try Silk Nog. The one time I tried real egg nog, I started to gag.

    Sanja—I love them too. They’re so easy to make & healthier than cake & stuff (at least that’s what I tell myself). You’re right; they’re not ugly, but I think their true beauty isn’t as apparent until you take a bite.

    Courtney—Thanks. Better make one!

    Carrie—So true. I guess I was expecting people to be like, “eh.”

    Diann—Thank you. It is definitely comfort food to the max!

    quarrygirl—It’s a Pyrex casserole dish. I sort of collect it, but haven’t really gotten anything recently. I just love the bright colors & funky patterns they come in, plus it’s not plastic. Yay! They’re pretty easy to find in thrift stores or at garage sales. Maybe you should look into buying one so you can feel at home? :o)

    ovenhaven—I’m happy to entice you! Of course, you are the queen of tempting, chocolaty photographs though.

    shellyfish—Me too. I should stop feeling so self-conscious about posting rustic grub, though I’ll spare people the photos of my refried beans-salsa-nutritional yeast dip that I eat when I’m in a hurry. Not attractive.

  10. September 13, 2008 4:57 am

    Not ugly – 100% enticing! mmmm… pot pie with generous liquidy innards, perfect. 😛

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