strawberry sakura crumble.

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve dropped into this little corner of the internet to lighten your lives – you’re all keeping this as your homepage, right? You check for updates every day? Yeah, cool, just making sure – but life in the, er, outernet has been going on as normal. Sakura season happened in its usual fleeting burst, before storms ripped blossom from the trees and left damp mounds of pink confetti underfoot; I sent an A4 brown envelope to an address in London that I can’t talk about, but obviously wouldn’t have brought up if I didn’t secretly want to talk about it; no one has evicted me for playing Taylor Swift mashups fourteen hours a day and mentally writing lesbian musicals. Yet.

(Oh my god, post-apocalyptic lesbian musicals! Excuse me, I need to write this down.)

But, as you can see, I’ve been missing a creative outlet, and that’s what gets me crawling back – learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, in the horribly-amateur-but-I’m-still-proud-of-myself video above, predictably adding sakura flavour to everything I put in my mouth, and pretending my inability to clean my apartment is part of a careless, bohemian, wine-soaked aesthetic. (Technically, most things are wine-soaked, but this is not deliberate and is, in fact, due to very poor coordination).

So here is something both old and new; my favourite crumble recipe, wangled from the school dinner ladies as a graduating seventeen year old (incidentally, one of the few precious things I could bring myself to eat during that year, in which I was quietly self-destructing under a slew of mental issues that no one had thought to diagnose at that point. Be kind to your seventeen year olds, please). It is simple, unpretentious – I have switched in wholemeal flour this time around, in an effort to look like an adult – and yes, intended to be eaten with stewed apple rather than handfuls of dark pink strawberries and cherry blossom sugar. Girl don’t care. One day I will immortalise this recipe properly – with ratios of crumble to a whole variety of fruit, and Actual Measurements that I have Taken – but today there are strawberries, and that's pretty great.

Strawberry Sakura Crumble

600g (1lb 5oz) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1 Tbsp [sakura] sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp lemon juice
a few drops of vanilla/sakura extract

75g (2.5oz) light brown sugar
75g (2.5oz) white granulated sugar
50g (2oz) wholemeal flour
75g (2.5oz) quick oats
75g (2.5oz) vegan margarine, melted

Literally just stick the first four ingredients in a pan over a medium heat and stir for five minutes until it turns to jam. You want me to walk you through it? You think I'm your grandmother? No man, it's the 'put it in a pan' approach. Take off the heat and add the flavour extract, that's all the guidance you gonna get. 

For the crumble: Mix the sugars, flour and oats in a separate bowl, then pour over the melted margarine, and stir to combine - let it clump, that's what you want. Divide the strawberry mixture into four little dishes or one bigger one, and spoon crumble mixture over the top.

Bake for around 20 minutes at 160C, or until golden.


  1. Thank you for updating my homepage :) I was really glad to see your post come up on bloglovin' and I was extra excited to see you posted a video! Yay, very nice. Even though I work as a filmmaker, I have usually keep my blogging and work separate. I don't know why I haven't really considered making short films to feature recipes, maybe because I compartmentalize myself instead of just letting everything flow. I'm working on it. Anyhow, just wanted to say I love how you bring lots of things you love together here, oh and that looks delicious.

  2. Well, I have been checking for updates at least thrice a week, Anna! ;.; *muffled sobbing in the distance* I'm working on my own chronic mental issues at the moment. I'm functioning semi-properly for the first time in a long while and in possession of fresh strawberries. GUESS WHAT I'M MAKING. (。◕‿◕。)

    1. Artemis, are you literally me? Strawberries, dubious mental functions, and an obsession with... myself? (all fully understandable; I'm an enchanting woman, I know). A+ LIFE CHOICES, KEEP IT UP.

    2. Not obsessed, just... living vicariously through your blog while bedridden? That would be right.
      I also cut my hair short today and my friends don't like my septum (they'll get used to it) and I was like "bitch swerve I'm fucking hot". I think that answers your (albeit rhetorical) question. :)

  3. Finding ignorance rooted race jokes on a recipe blog is really depressing. You would think browsing dessert recipes would be the one of the few situations where you don't have to deal with lolblackpeople stereotypes + people turning your ethnicity into a punchline. Ugh.

    1. Oh man, that was 100% not my intention, though I know that doesn't count for much - I'm so sorry for that. The joke (like most of the jokes I make) was intended to be at my own expense, an 'oh god, Anna, stop trying to be cool, you are a dorky british girl' type jab at myself. I'm not going to edit it, so that this exchange makes sense, but now that I realise how it comes off I won't do it again. Thank you for letting me know this was problematic. xx


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