Monday, 25 July 2016

Honesty And A Long Queue


I was at the supermarket last Saturday. That's not my usual grocery day but since I gave the office a ditch (hah..hah..) I decided to pick up some supplies. Or rather I made a special trip to the supermarket for these :


Why? Because I wanted to make this :


But before I get into my Blueberry Crumble Bars, allow me to digress. Normally, I arrive at the supermarket at 10:00am. Sharp. Then I whizz about the shop floor at attack speed and hit the cashier by 10:30am. Sharp. Because if you reach the counter after that time, be prepared to queue.

Well, that day, I got to the supermarket after 10:30am. Thanks to Bata. I wanted to buy a pair of working shoes. Just one pair but I ended up with three. There was a sale and for some weird reason, my eyes were naughty. But that's fine because I buy shoes once every errr... five years.

After picking up some vegetables and blueberries, I made my way to the cashier. Holy cow! The queue stretched from the counter right up to almost the back of the store. Drat! But what to do? I was late and so I queued.

It took me 30 minutes to reach the front and as the cashier swiped my member card, the couple ahead of me came back. Apparently, they realized that the cashier missed a few items resulting in them paying much less than they should have. A small commotion ensued as the very flustered cashier tried to attend to the situation.

The people behind me (including myself) were pretty annoyed. I mean, I appreciate that the couple were good honest people, and that they wanted to do the right thing. But that meant the rest of us had to wait some more. 

After a good 5 minutes or so (which felt like much longer), the floor supervisor was called to assist the couple. And I could pay for my stuff and finally leave.

So. When I got home I immediately worked on my blueberry project. The dough was made up of flour, rolled oats, sugar and walnuts. Thanks to my mum, I had a mini food processor at my disposal.

Since it is small, I had to process my flour mixture in two batches. The blueberries were mixed with sugar, lemon juice and cornflour.

After pressing half the dough into the pan, I topped it with the blueberry mixture.


This was then topped with the remaining dough. Once baked, this was what I got :


While it was cooling on the rack, I kept staring at it. It kept calling me to dig in. So. I took a spoon. 


Oh me God! It was so amazing!


I just couldn't stop. Scoop after scoop after scoop. Until I demolished half the pan. This is terrible! So I stopped hee..hee...hee...


I let the rest of it cool and then sliced them into bars. I wasn't very good at it.


This crumble bar is too good that I simply have to share the recipe. I had it for lunch and for dinner. Ooppss!!











Blueberry Crumble Bars

For the crust and crumble (Recipe source : Adapted from  Joy of Baking)
Ingredients :
- 113g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 85g rolled oats
- 130g self raising flour
- 25g dessicated coconut
- 50g walnuts
- 50g brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method :
1. Using a food processor, process flour, oats, dessicated coconut, walnuts and sugar until fine. Pour into a mixing bowl.
2. Add vanilla extract to the melted butter and mix.
3. Pour the butter/vanilla mixture into the processed flour.
4. Using a spatula, fold everything together to form a moist crumbly dough.
5. Pour half of the dough into a lined 8" square pan and press the dough firmly into the bottom of the pan.
6. Pour in the blueberry mixture (recipe below).
7. Sprinkle the remaining dough onto the blueberry mixture.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 40 minutes or until crust is brown.
9. Cool completely and cut into squares.

For the blueberry mixture (Recipe source : Adapted from A Beautiful Mess)
Ingredients :
- 250g fresh blueberries
- Juice of half a lemon (I forgot to add the zest. Drat!)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp cornflour

Method :
1. In a mixing bowl, add lemon juice, sugar and cornflour. Mix to combine.
2. Add blueberries and gently mix it in.

39 comments:

  1. If there is a long queue, I'd just go off, leave. Old man like me, not that much time to waste like that. You buy BATA too, me as well...sometimes identical pairs. Buy and throw away! LOL!!!

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    1. Under normal circumstances, I would have put back all those things I took and then walk off. But I wanted the blueberries....

      Yup, I buy Bata most of the time :)

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  2. That why usually going to the supermarket, i will have a list of what to do, all the things buy together, i don't like to buy one or two items (unless urgent need) and Q at the long counters... And those that can be kept for long like toilet papers, etc... I can one shot buy 2 packets (1 packet is 10 rolls, so 2 packet is 20 rolls) and keep...

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    1. I also make a list, if not I will end up buying other thing instead hah..hah...

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  3. Can't resist the blueberry crumble bars, if me, i can one shot finish up all, lol...

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    1. Me also wanted to finish all but must control a bit lah..

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  4. Goodness!!! I love these bars and they are so expensive to buy those similar cereal/muesli bars for energy power!

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    1. These are better than energy bars!

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    2. Sell yours to me pleaseeeeeeee..........!!!!

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  5. At least your case was one of honesty. I've encountered people holding up the queue because there was no price tag on the product (either one that's taken directly from the shelves or one that actually needs to be weighed and have a price tag put on it) before proceeding to pay.

    This blueberry crumble bar better be bloody good with all that lovely blueberries that you've put on top! :D Wah, you're not stingy with the blueberries...must have cost you quite a bit those two packets of blueberries ;) I love anything with blueberries.

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    1. It was awesome. AWESOME!! hee..hee... It so happened there was an offer on the blueberries. Cost me RM7++ per pack. I am also a blueberry fan :)

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  6. Hi Phong Hong, I can't resist this yum yum bar. The honesty thing is quite similar to 'kindness acts'. I have seen 'kind' people feeding stray dogs and cats BUT unintentionally some created hazards to others like polluting/dirtying the surroundings and feeding the 'unintended others'. You know what I mean? They don't stay to clean up.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! What you say is true. It's so ironic.

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  7. WTF?! Your Bata can last 5 years?? I also buy that brand, and they barely last 5 months, every single pair of them!

    I am not going to comment on your crumble bar. Erm... okay lah... blueberries and rolled oats and lemon... this is healthy stuff! :P

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    1. Yes, can last because most of the time I wear slippers hah..hah...

      Ah..you see the good side of my indulgence :D

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  8. Queuing at the supermarket counters will have to depend on my mood. I was a Bata fan because those days the shoes very lastly. I trying to cut lunch but your crumble bar activated my saliva glands!

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    1. If not for the blueberries, I would have put everything back and gone home hah..hah...

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  9. I hate long queues and usually avoid them altogether. Haha

    But despite the inconvenience the couple caused, kudos to them for their honesty.

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    1. Yes, I salute them for their honesty in spite of the slight hold up.

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  10. omigosh ... i love blueberries (vs raspberries), and this looks really luscious. perfect for a cheat day treat ... this was a cheat day, right? ;)

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    1. You are so cute! Yes, it was a cheat day hah..hah...

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  11. Ilove crumbled bar with berries. Very delicious that I definitely couldn't stop at one!

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    1. It was so good while warm and if I hadn't stopped myself, I would have finished the whole lot!

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  12. The couple should have gone directly to the special customer service counter to sort out their payment as the original checkout counter wouldn't be able to help them.

    I am cutting down on sugar intake so I am eating those blueberries as they are, no butter and no additional sugar for me. Sob, sob, sob!

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    1. I think they did not know about the service counter. I didn't either, but now I do hee..hee...

      Blueberries are best taken on their own just like that. But I was naughty :D

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  13. Oooh! How I wish I can have a bar of 2 for dessert right now!!! U r incredibly talented at baking...fuss-free but everything turns out yum!

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    1. Oh no, I am not that good hah..hah... This was an easy one so...

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  14. I don't mind queues, I have the patience as long as I am not in a hurry, cos at most you can surf Facebook while waiting for your turn because I believe for everything you have to pay a price so to get what you want, you have to queue

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    1. I am ok too since that day I had no fixed schedule. But still so sian to wait.

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  15. Oh my. Your crubmle looks amazing. I would like a bite myself.

    Queues?? Get used to it if grocery shopping on weekends. That is why sometimes I go shopping on weekday early in the morning when lesser people and walk easily along the aisles. We have 24H hypermarket bearby so I could easily drive over and shop before people come in at 10am.

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    1. That's why I like to shop as early as possible.

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  16. Hi Phong Hong,
    I like to do my grocery shopping at supermarket on Saturday morning cos not that crowded. But the wet market ... wow I got to squeeze in between the queue from nowhere. I've also bookmarked this recipe ... yet to try as my big kids don't like too much blueberries in cakes or desserts. Wish I'm your neighbour to taste just a spoonful... hee ..hee..

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    1. Karen, as my neighbor, you will get more than one spoonful hah..hah...

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  17. :) interesting to realize that we all have the same shops all over the world, like Bata, it is globalization isn't it?

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    1. Oh yeah, we have many things in common world over :)

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