Friday 24 April 2020

Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2020

This year has been anything but ordinary for me or anyone else. Covid19 has changed lives all over the world. It has particularly made many of us worry about food supplies. There were images all over the news showing empty shelves and people queuing. Not being able to get food you love and need can affect people in many ways. Things you take for granted, food you may eat every day might no longer be available.

April is autism awareness month. Once again I am pleased to be part of RJ Scott's blog hop along with many other authors. You can find the master post here.

This year the the topic is food. In Spring, everything begins to grow. My view at the moment is of my apple trees coming into blossom. The plum tree has already had white flowers. I look forward to crumble in the Summer when the fruit is ready to pick. Here is one of my favourite recipes.


6 large plums
3 Bramley apples, about 500 g (1lb 2oz)
50 g (2oz) light brown soft or caster sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

For the crumble topping
175 g (6oz) plain flour
125 g (4oz) butter, chilled and cut into cubes
50 g (2oz) rolled oats
75 g (3oz) demerara sugar

1.     Preheat oven 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6.
2.     Halve and stone the plums, then roughly chop and put into a large pan. Peel and core the apples, roughly chop, and add to the pan with the sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and 5tbsp water. 
3.     Cover and heat gently until apples are softening, about 5min.
4.     Empty fruit into a shallow, ovenproof serving dish. Set aside.
5.     To make the topping, put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine rubble. Mix in the oats and demerara sugar, then scatter the topping over the fruit.
6.     Bake for 25-30min or until the crumble is golden.

Fact about autism

People with autism have difficulty understanding and predicting other people's intentions and behaviour and imagining situations that are outside their own routine. this can mean they carry out a narrow, repetitive range of activities. A lack of social imagination should not be confused with lack of imagination. Many people with autism are very creative.

Lots of other authors have giveaways. I don't have anything at the moment. Please check the master post link above to find what other authors have to offer. And remember


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