|Upside down apple tart|
I’ll readily admit that my first reaction to change is not always positive. I like my routines and habits - I’m one of those people who is happy always walking the same way home. And not all change is as innocuous as a different route home: sometimes it really does turn your world upside down. This kind of upheaval can be daunting. So why does it make the world a better place? I think it is because the way we respond to and adapt to change significantly influences our happiness. Learning to accept that life doesn’t always stay the same or deal you the hand you want might be hard to do, but surely living in the moment is better than grieving for a memory of the past or wishing for an unobtainable future? Learning to get out of our comfort zone means being willing to open our eyes to something new, to take just one step further than normal, and to push the boundaries of the familiar just a little bit at a time. Embracing change like this makes us more able to deal with the obstacles life throws at us, which ultimately makes us happier.
That’s a big thing to do, so I’m starting with small steps! I have been lucky enough to be part of a wonderful online community who have encouraged me to look beyond my cooking comfort-zone. OK, so I haven’t yet gathered the courage to tackle my biggest fears of yeast or gelatine, but I have been inspired to try dishes I never had the confidence to cook before. And, let me tell you, one thing that is definitely better when it’s upside down is this upside-down apple tart with caramel ice-cream.
Making ice-cream? Without an ice-cream machine? Or a recipe? Yep, that’s pretty daunting. And inverting a pan of scalding-hot caramel straight from the oven onto a serving plate? Scary! But most certainly worthwhile. The ice cream in particular was a triumph: creamy, luscious and not too sweet. However, unlike Ms Cilmi, there is a lot that is sweet about this tart so I would choose a sharper fruit next time. Plums, perhaps. Or even the apricots recommended in the original recipe that were prohibitively expensive to use this time.
For the upside down apple tart recipe, click here. [coming soon]
For the caramel ice-cream, click here.