The World’s Ugliest Apple Pie

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I love Monday nights because my fridge is typically stocked with groceries done the previous night and I rarely have any obligations to attend to – which means I get to stay home, cook a nice dinner and watch whatever I feel like on TV.

Lately I’ve been on a budgeting kick, limiting my week’s groceries to $50. You’d be amazed at what $50 can accomplish. I am able to buy mostly organic, local or non-GMO produce, dairy and frozen foods enough to prepare at least 9 meals for two people. At the beginning of the week, I plan out every meal in a spreadsheet. I think about what I have at home (I usually have pasta or noodles well-stocked) and also what I’d like to eat, then create a grocery list based on that. I try to limit frozen items to 3 (a pizza and two lunches) and the rest are fresh produce. I don’t cook red meat so I splurge on things like butter, cheese, hummus and seafood (occasionally).

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I found this awesome blog, hipsterfood, that features cheap yet gourmet recipes, so I decided to try the Balsamic Chickpea recipe tonight. Let me tell you, this recipe is a heaven-sent. It’s SO darn good!

I really didn’t have to buy much to make this. I grow green onions in a jar (all you have to do is change the water and get rid of the dead stems every day) and typically have a lot of garlic, as well as a basket of organic cherry tomatoes, washed in a bowl to eat for snack or to cook with. I altered the recipe a little to sauté with butter, add lemon juice for more moisture, and also added cubes of avocado left over from lunch. I then toasted some Ezekiel bread and ate this salad on the toast. YUMMMMM!!!!!

I also decided to bake an apple pie since I had an extra organic whole wheat pie crust left over from making a quiche last week. The pie crust I bought only came with the bottom crust so I had to make the top crust. This was certainly not the first time I ever made apple pie, but since I always insisted on making pie crust from scratch, and I eye-balled the ingredients for a recipe cut in half, the dough came out super sticky – and my attempts to fix it by adding more flour turned into an absolute disaster.

Hence, the world’s ugliest apple pie was made tonight.

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The good news is, it turned out SUPER DUPER yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In fact, I may have succeeded in making the best apple pie crust I ever made, ever! I am eating it with my new favorite ice cream, the three twins fair trade vanilla bean speck. Mmmmm.

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About ambertaniuchi

I'm a 30 something Japanese female living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I grew up in Japan but also consider Hawaii my home. I am a QA Engineer by day but rock 'n' roll in a band called Lady Murasaki by night. I love all things vintage, gourmet and scotch, scotch, scotch. See these links for our music and FB. ladymurasaki.bandcamp.com https://www.facebook.com/ladymurasakiband
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