500g plain flour
250g unsalted butter, cubed and cold
200 – 250g sugar (your choice of)
spices (according to taste, e.g. cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)
400 – 600g prepared fruit (your choice of)
1. Combine the flour and butter using the rubbing in method until it resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Add the sugar and ground spices and mix through lightly using a fork.
3. In the meantime, prepare the fruit. Some fruit, like apples, pears and cranberries, require stewing. In this case, simmer gently for around 15 minutes. You can also add some spices while stewing.
4. Put your fruit (remove the spices used for stewing) in the bottom of your pan and top with the crumble mixture.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 185° Celsius for between 20 to 30 minutes. The top should be browned and cracked and pulling away from the edge of the pan.
6. Serve warm or cold, alone or with cream, ice-cream or thick yoghurt.
The story behind Marija’s Kitchen
Marija is stuck at home since she is high risk and so are the other two members of her immediate family.
“I was wondering how I could contribute back to my community without, however, setting foot outdoors. I came up with the idea of offering people a space (after hours, since I have a seven-year-old!) to chat, connect, cry, vent, share, and so put up a post to this end for my friends.”
Much to her surprise, there were a number of her friends asking if she could make and put up cooking videos and several other friends loved the idea and egged her on.
“At first I thought it didn’t make sense, given that there was such a wealth of information available through internet. But then, I also realised, especially for those who aren’t that confident in the kitchen and who are suddenly finding themselves somewhat forced to cook, that perhaps, a friendly face, filming herself making simple fare, and possibly also making mistakes (oh yes, the first video – a bread one – has a whopper of one!) would actually be reassuring.”
A couple of days after, Pia Zammit put up a post on social media asking if people would be interested in a storytelling page, which eventually became My Storytime on Facebook
“I volunteered immediately and so, it was kind of a two-in-one situation, because once I was anyway going to go back to filming and editing (I’m a communications major) for storytelling, might as well do it also for food! And thus was born Marija’s Kitchen.”
The name and logo come from a wooden board I own that was a very thoughtful gift from a good friend of Marija’s a while back. So far, she has put up three videos – bread, stock and apple crumble – but there are already others in the pipeline. It is filmed and edited very simply; she uses her mobile and an open source software on her PC.
“I’m aiming to keep things simple, using ingredients that most people would have or that they can easily source, and using simple methods too. I’m also incorporating special tips in the video, particularly focused on this very strange situation which the world is living through. It’s been a great creative outlet for me and a great way to connect with my friends, and it’s a real thrill when I receive messages from friends showing me or telling me that they’ve made the dish.”