Lasagna, crumble, crisp, and hawk / Lasaña, crujiente, y halcón

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

A crumble has a streusel-like topping. The topping of a crisp traditionally contained oats;  crumble topping did not. Apparently, those lines have been crossed and the terms crumble and crisp are often interchanged. Some people use the term cobbler. But a cobbler has a biscuit topping. The recipe San Geraldo followed is called Apple Crisp without Oatmeal, which might make it a crumble. Definitely not a cobbler.

Whatever you call it, we call the one San Geraldo brought to lunch Sunday at Tynan and Elena’s the best any of us have ever had. We finished off the entire pan among the four of us. Alexander was there but, sadly [not], he doesn’t like apples.

The crisp without oatmeal didn’t photograph well. Even in person, it looked like it was topped with ground beef (mince), which reminded me of the episode from the TV series “Friends” when Rachel got two recipes mixed up and made a trifle with

“… ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard … then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top.”

The crisp recipe included ginger and, other than San Geraldo’s magic hands, I think that was the clincher. Click here for the recipe. Note: SG used 4 Granny Smith apples and 4 Fujis.

Elena’s lasagna and cheesy garlic bread were, of course, excellent. Another great time spent in their new home.

Guess who’s getting a cat tree in the living room? As you can tell by the photo at top, Dudo is in heaven being in the middle of everything whenever he wants. He is the center of the universe after all. Moose loves it out there, too. So, we’re going to rearrange the furniture, and the art on the wall, to make room for cats. Unbelievable. But, could you refuse?


Un crumble (desmorono) tiene una cobertura similar a un streusel. La cobertura de un crisp (crujiente) tradicionalmente contenía avena; el desmoronamiento no lo hizo. Aparentemente, esas líneas se han cruzado y los términos crumble y crisp a menudo se intercambian. Algunas personas usan el término cobbler. Pero un cobbler tiene una cobertura de galleta. La receta que siguió San Geraldo se llama Apple Crisp sin avena, lo que podría convertirla en un crumble. Definitivamente no es un cobbler.

Como sea que lo llames, llamamos al que San Geraldo trajo para almorzar el domingo en casa de Tynan y Elena, el mejor que cualquiera de nosotros haya probado. Terminamos toda la sartén entre los cuatro. Alexander estaba allí pero, lamentablemente [no], no le gustan las manzanas. El crujiente sin avena no quedó bien fotografiado. Incluso en persona, parecía que estaba cubierto con carne molida (carne picada), lo que me recordó el episodio de la serie de televisión “Friends” cuando Rachel mezcló dos recetas e hizo un bizcocho con

“… bizcochos, luego un capa de mermelada, luego natillas… luego frambuesas, más bizcochos, luego ternera salteada con guisantes y cebollas, luego un poco más de natillas, y luego plátanos, y luego solo pongo un poco de crema batida encima”.

La receta del crisp incluía jengibre y, además de las manos mágicas de San Geraldo, creo que ese fue el factor decisivo. Haz clic aquí para ver la receta. Nota: SG usó 4 manzanas Granny Smith y 4 Fujis.

La lasaña y el pan de ajo con queso de Elena fueron, por supuesto, excelentes. Otro gran tiempo pasado en su nuevo hogar.

¿Adivina quién está poniendo un árbol para gatos en la sala de estar? Como puedes ver en la foto de arriba, Dudo está en el cielo estando en medio de todo cuando quiere. Él es el centro del universo después de todo. A Moose también le encanta salir. Entonces, vamos a reorganizar los muebles y el arte en la pared para hacer espacio para los gatos. Increíble. Pero, ¿podrías negarte?

• Apple Crisp without Oatmeal, with nutmeg and ginger.
• Apple Crisp sin Avena, con nuez moscada y jengibre.
• The rain came around to us moments later but it only lasted a few minutes.
• La lluvia nos llegó momentos después pero solo duró unos minutos.
• During my walk on the Paseo Sunday morning. To keep the pigeons and gulls away from a penthouse. My mother tried everything on her balcony, even one of those scary owls with the glowing eyes and pinwheel wings. The pigeons sat on the railing alongside it.
• Durante mi paseo por el Paseo del domingo por la mañana. Para alejar a las palomas y gaviotas de un ático. Mi madre probó todo en su balcón, incluso uno de esos búhos aterradores con ojos brillantes y alas de molinete. Las palomas se posaron en la barandilla junto a él.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

36 thoughts on “Lasagna, crumble, crisp, and hawk / Lasaña, crujiente, y halcón”

  1. My own, New Zealand, understanding is that for a Crisp the butter is melted first before adding to any dry ingredients, whereas for a Crumble the butter is added as a whole/solid thing that is then rubbed into the dry ingredients from its solid state. Which ever way, the resulting dish is scrummy! And your cats are, and continue to be, gorgeous! Sending love and care from Wellington, New Zealand – Michelle

    1. Michelle Cooper in New Zealand:
      This was the first time SG was instructed to keep the butter cold and use a cheese grater. Another interesting approach. You can all do whatever you want as long as I get to enjoy the end results.

  2. I love a good crisp! I will make one as soon as I can lay my hands on some rhubarb this summer. And every cat owner knows that the house MUST be arranged for the sole comfort and convenience of the cat. I’m surprised you held out this long.

    1. Debra:
      I wonder if anyone here ever grows rhubarb. I had never had it until I was 28 and visited SG’s family for the first time. He used to go out to the garden with a sugar bowl, pick rhubarb and eat it right there. The time has come to admit we’re running — no, sorry, we’re working at — a cathouse.

      1. Debra,
        Growing up in NYC, for me it was something you heard about in old movies.

  3. I do love apple crumble – though never had it with ginger in the crumble topping; just nutmeg or cinnamon mixed in with the apple. As for a “crisp”, never heard of such a thing. Crisps in the UK are what Yanks call “potato chips” (and chips here are what’s known in the US as “fries”, but I digress).

    The cats are taking over..! Jx

    1. Jon:
      The ginger was an excellent addition. Yes, Tynan let us know it was all called apple crumble. As for crisps, how do you like Spain where crisps and chips are both called patatas (or papas) fritas?

  4. Me encanta ese capítulo de Friends. Es cierto que el postre parece que lleva carne picada, pero estoy segura de que estaba delicioso, porque todo lo que sale de la cocina de El gran chef San Geraldo es comida para dioses. Joey le haría la ola jajajajaja

  5. My regular crumble recipe is simply flour, butter and sugar. I have in the past made it with oats though. Crumble is one of my favourite desserts. Love a good lasagne too.

    1. lizhinds:
      Lasagna is one of my favorite food groups. I hadn’t had it in ages and Elena’s was worth the wait. It’s so funny that there are “rules” about what makes a crumble and what makes a crisp… and no one told the bakers.

  6. The crisp is giving me meat vibes but I bet it was delicious.

    I make a Cranberry Ginger Buckle at Christmas and it has the crumb topping; delicious.

    Sidenote: I took some to work for my co-workers to enjoy and I asked one of the interns if her wanted some Cranberry Ginger Buckle and he looked shocked and said, “No,”
    Later on I found out that he thought I said, ‘Cranberry Ginger Butthole.’
    I’d have passed, too.

    1. Bob:
      It really did look like ground beef, but the taste was to die for. Even SG said it was the best he’d ever tasted, and he never offers a boast like that. I would have been too curious to pass on your cranberry ginger butthole.

  7. I’ve printed out the recipe which can easily be veganized by using plant butter. I want to try it with pears, but will have to wait until next year when (hopefully) two nights in a row with a late hard frost don’t wipe out all chances for pears, apples, peaches, and mayhaws. The blooms were incredible, so it was such a disappointment.

    1. Kelly:
      I look forward to hearing about it with pears(sounds delicious). SG plans to make it again with peaches. But maybe he can do pears, as well. Such a shame about that hard frost. Our nephew and his wife used to farm and some days they’d see their entire livelihood be lost to a freak frost or strong winds.

  8. SG’s crisp sounds perfect! Ginger compliments so many things. Hard to find a good crisp.

    1. Jim:
      Hands down the best crisp any of us (including SG) have ever tasted. I love ginger.

  9. I grew up with peach cobblers. None of them, I mean NONE of them had biscuits. They were more like pies.
    I’m so hungry right now. I would kill for solid food instead of mushy stuff.

    1. Deedles:
      It’s so funny to find these rules that no one has ever been told about. We call things as we sees ’em. Make a peach cobbler and put it in the blender. Yum.

      1. Well, Scoot, that’s better than the steak my daughter in law suggested! I haven’t wanted steak in ages and now that I’m semi-toofless, I’m craving.

      2. Deedles:
        When I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled (2 impacted) by a nightmare oral surgeon, SG wanted to make sure I didn’t waste away to nothing (which was a possibility in those days), so he blended everything. He DID try meat. I can’t remember if it was a burger or meat loaf or what, but I wouldn’t take your daughter-in-law up on her suggestion. And, holy crap, that was 38 years ago.

      3. Scoot, the needles hurt worse than the extractions! The toof puller left me there while waiting for the numbing to finish. I was literally shaking so badly, I thought I would pass out. The eye injections were a lot better than this! I’ve had more toof pullings than I have teef and this was the worst. The actual pulling was quick and painless, but I had to look up after care instructions on the internet. Now I have no upper teef on my left side. Front toof to molar all gone! I have the goofiest smile now. It’s going to take a while to chew what I want to chew, but, oh well. I’m reasonably sure that the right side is next, but nobody has followed through. My insurance seems to only approve of cattle call dentists. Mooo!
        I will eat tapioca before I would eat blender meat, an I loathe tapioca! Sorry for the essay, Scoot.

      4. Deedles:
        I’m with you on tapioca. You poor thing. Will you be getting dentures or a bridge (or two)?

    1. Going Gently:
      Sorry, Birthday Boy. It’s completely fat-, sugar-, and calorie-free… if you don’t eat it.

  10. Jeebus, your cats OWN you, man! Did SG’s new double platform cat condo in his office work as anticipated? For some reason, I have a mental image now of Dudo & Moose playing “Keep Away” in every room of your condo, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I had forgotten that SG changed to simply replacing the old kitty condo with the exact same style. The old one is in the living room (well switch it out for the new one and then SG will repair the old one for his office). Dudo has commandeered the top platform in the living room. I haven’t seen Moose up there yet. And, yes, the cats own us.

    1. Kirk:
      I don’t care what they call it, as long as they feed me. I went into the whole naming convention because I knew if I wrote crisp, someone was bound to say it was a crumble.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Like something from your kitchen… although not as elegantly presented.

  11. Apple Crisp, Rhubarb Crisp, Bumbleberry Crisp, Peach Crisp and the list goes on ~ did I mention I LOVE any CRISP!!! So, we had one local old fashioned Valley restaurant that made the best “nutmeg” in everything CRISPS!! They have now gone out of business, but word has it that they do sell these delectables at their Farmer’s Market outlet ~ frozen or fresh ~ I’ll take anything.

    1. Ron Troke:
      Bumbleberry, that’s new to me. I’d definitely be at the farmer’s market outlet.

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