September 29, 2015

The Moment of Truth : And The Winners Are...

When I started planning The Outrageous Eid Giveaway, I just thought it’d be a fun way to bounce back from my blogging break. Besides, Eid was around the corner and I’ve had such a warm welcome back that I needed to show you guys some love too. 

Actually, scratch that. 

I wanted to show you some BIG LAHV and, so, what began as an idea for a one single giveaway, with one single sponsor, and one single prize, sort of snowballed, taking on a life of its own.

I was hell-bent on handpicking my sponsors, only wanting to include places and products that I absolutely adore and would personally endorse. Well, thanks to my superior stalking skills, relentless stubbornness, luck, and, of course, the incredible generosity of all my amazing sponsors, what I ended up with was a mix of the hottest hangouts, most exciting eateries, and some of the most gorgeous tableware between Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. 

Several weeks of burning the midnight oil and running around like a headless chicken —totally worth it.

I knew it’d be exciting, I hoped you’d be enthusiastic, and, God, you all killed it!

With close to 1000 entries flooding Hunger & Haw Hai’s Instagram account and Facebook page over the past two weeks, The Outrageous Eid Giveaway truly was outrageous, and I hope you enjoyed the rollercoaster ride as much as I did. 

Finally, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my angsty little heart, for being a part of it all. Thank you for all the love. Thank you for tuning in.

And now, the moment of truth…

Drum roll, please.
Congratulations to all the super duper lucky winners of The Outrageous Eid Giveaway! Enjoy those outrageous prizes!

Toodles, kittens.


September 28, 2015

The Poached Pear: Getting Creative In The Kitchen

ADDRESS: Coming Soon (Karachi, By Order Only)
You can also find The Poached Pear on Facebook

Last year, I was lucky enough to swing by the legendary Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo, New York — birthplace of the cronut and home to some of the most modern takes on classic desserts in the world — the experience was magical. But it isn’t just a novelty confection or a fun twist on some oldies that gives this bakery its edge. 

Behind the counters of the tiny open-kitchen, a team of intensely involved and creatively talented bakers and pastry chefs are constantly pushing boundaries to create delectable new knock-outs to keep customers coming back. 

That’s the real secret to Dominique Ansel’s success.

Sorry, Magnolia, you’ve been banking on those cupcakes for 15 years. Change it up.

The Poached Pear launched it’s experimental kitchen in Karachi last year and, since then, there’s been no looking back for Masala TV star and owner, Chef Yasha Siddiqi.  Relying heavily on customer feedback, the team at The Poached Pear is well-known for endlessly tweaking and refining recipes, creating a careful selection of sumptuous, mouth-watering desserts that fly off the shelves. 

The Fresh Fruit Pavlova, clouds of perfectly soft, chewy meringue, generous dollops of whipped cream, crowned with gorgeous seasonal fruit, is their best-seller, the rich Belgian chocolate and salted caramel tart is to die for, and their recently introduced brownies with mint white chocolate sound totally tempting. 

In fact, The Poached Pear has been such a hit that what was Initially launched as an order-based service is now expanding into their first full-service brick-and-mortar bakery location, slated to open soon.

Looks like someone’s killing it with their dessert-game.

For your chance to WIN a decadent signature Banoffee Pavlova from The Poached Pear*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway, happening on Facebook. Giveaway closes Friday, 25 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST). Open to residents of Karachi only.

*Prize generously sponsored by The Poached Pear.

ADDRESS: Coming Soon (Karachi, By Order Only)
You can also find The Poached Pear on Facebook

September 26, 2015

The Lahore Social: To Indulgent Evenings

ADDRESS: 37 A-2 Gulberg III, Mian Mehmood Kasuri Road, Lahore
PHONE: 042-35773142
You can also find The Lahore Social on Facebook

Fine dining. I’m not a fan of that term. It makes me nervous with its implications of dated rules and stiff decorum and six types of forks at my table setting. Also, thanks to restaurant industry egos, the phrase has been thrown around fast and loose, becoming more synonymous with price points and pretentious venues than any kind of actual dining experience.

Forget the fireworks, I say.

An attentive wait-staff, an interesting menu prepped using quality ingredients, and the kind of thoughtful, comfortable ambiance that makes me want to stick around long after dessert — that’s what modern fine dining should be about. 

The Lahore Social quietly opened it’s doors to Lahoris last year and, since then, it’s become the hangout du jour for anyone who wants to see and be seen, but it’s not just the eye-candy that keeps people coming back.

Maybe it’s the sweet, pillowy brioche, baked fresh every day, served still warm from the oven. Or it might have something to do with that beautiful caramelized peach salad studded with salty-sweet candied walnuts or the delicate hand-made crab ravioli. Personally, I’m convinced it’s the deep, rich, criminally decadent chocolate nemesis cake, made with Valrhona chocolate, served with vanilla flecked creme anglaise. 

I guess I’ll have to keep going back if I want to figure it out. 

Besides,  a table full of fantastic food I didn’t have to prepare, a couple of close friends, and a lazy, lingering meal — that’s an evening well spent.

For your chance to WIN THE MOST INDULGENT COFFEE & DESSERT FOR TWO AT THE LAHORE SOCIAL*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway, happening on Facebook. Giveaway closes Friday, 25 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST). Only open to residents of Lahore. 

*Prize generously sponsored by The Lahore Social. 

ADDRESS: 37 A-2 Gulberg III, Mian Mehmood Kasuri Road, Lahore
PHONE: 042-35773142
You can also find The Lahore Social on Facebook

September 21, 2015

The Warehouse by Burning Brownie: Simple Food Done Right

ADDRESS: Shop No. 3, Block 13, Jinnah Super, Main Bhittai Road, F-7, Islamabad
You can also find The Warehouse on Facebook

Compared to the constant bustle of Lahore, Islamabad can come off as a sleepy little city, but if you haven’t visited in a while, you should know it’s definitely not what it was 20 years ago — the land of Jinnah Super and Pappasallis. 

In fact, over the years I’ve found plenty of reasons to fall in love with the Capital. Tree-lined boulevards, cozy neighborhood markets, beautiful weather, all set against the majestic backdrop of the Margalla Hills. Unlike it’s crazier cosmopolitan cousins, Karachi and Lahore, though, where food is at the forefront, Islamabad rarely generates culinary buzz and, so far, the vast majority of my dining experiences in Isloo have been underwhelming. 

But every city’s got its secret spots, right?

Burning Brownie unassumingly categorizes itself as a coffee shop/ bakery, but let’s call a spade, a spade.  With zero compromise on ingredients — hello, Valrhona and custom-roasted coffee beans — a technically talented team, and young-gun owner Ammar Mumtaz’s endless enthusiasm, it’s actually become one of Islamabad’s hottest destinations for delectable desserts and customized confections. 

With an impressive selection of coffees, their copious use of intensely rich, top quality chocolate, and a range of killer cakes, brownies, pastries, and sweet nibbles, it’s no surprise. 

More recently, The Warehouse, a Burning Brownie offshoot with a savory slant, opened its doors to Islooites. The concept? Simple food done right, a highly neglected niche I wish more restaurants would explore. 

Simple food might sound like an easy A, but a small menu leaves little wiggle room for errors, and like Burning Brownie, the quest for perfection at The Warehouse is relentless.

Burgers cooked sous vide to a juicy medium, topped with garlic aioli, served with crispy thick-cut fries. Perfectly toasted roast beef paninis with red pesto. Bold, rich rasmalai cheesecake drizzled with cardamon-infused caramel. 


A big, fat burger and a slice of criminally indulgent cake makes everyone a happy camper.

For your chance to WIN A DELICIOUS MEAL AT THE WAREHOUSE (OR) A RICH SIGNATURE CAKE FROM BURNING BROWNIE*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway, happening on Facebook and Instagram. Giveaway closes Thursday, 24 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST).

*Prize generously sponsored by Burning Brownie & The Warehouse

ADDRESS: Shop No. 3, Block 13, Jinnah Super, Main Bhittai Road, F-7, Islamabad
You can also find The Warehouse on Facebook

ADDRESS: #66 Beverly Centre, Nazimuddin Road, F/6-1, Islamabad 
PHONE: 0301-5568918
You can also find Burning Brownie on Facebook and Instagram.

September 18, 2015

MÄKAAN HOME DÉCOR: Understated Elegance Is The Next Big Thing

ADDRESS: Islamabad (By Appointment Only)
PHONE: 0300-8443284
You can also find MÄKAAN HOME DÉCOR on Facebook and Instagram.

I like to keep things simple — wardrobe, relationships, parenting style — but it’s especially important in the kitchen and on the table. Don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate the both the intricacy of delicate hand-painted crockery and the starkness of glaring white serve-ware, but what really gets me giddy is that sophisticated, timeless middle-ground between the two — beautiful basics. 

Clean lines, careful craftsmanship, natural materials left as close to their natural state as possible? Elegance that isn’t intimidating or overstated? 

Take my money! Seriously, take all of it!

All of MÄKAAN HOME DÉCOR’s ultra-chic home accessories are either personally designed or painstakingly sourced from all over the world, with gorgeous one-of-a-kind urns, stunning hurricane lamps, and sleek candle stands serving as the cornerstones of their carefully curated selection. 

What truly makes my lust-list, though, is MAKAAN’s striking Simply Slated collection, a line of minimalist platters, trays, and coasters carved from natural slate. Impeccably beveled edges cleverly showcase tell-tale layers of the intense grey stone, accented, at most, with gleaming polished metal handles. 

Moody, contemporary, versatile. Check, check, and check. 

It’s everything you should be looking for when shopping for serve-ware and table toppers.

For your chance to WIN AN ULTRA CHIC SLATE CHEESE PLATTER FROM MÄKAAN HOME DÉCOR’S “SIMPLY SLATED” COLLECTION*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway, happening on Facebook and Instagram. Giveaway closes Monday, 21 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST).

*Prize generously sponsored by MÄKAAN HOME DÉCOR 

ADDRESS: Islamabad (By Appointment Only)
PHONE: 0300-8443284
You can also find MÄKAAN HOME DÉCOR on Facebook and Instagram.

September 16, 2015

Fatso's The Mini Caterer: Big On Flavor

ADDRESS: Karachi (By Order Only)
PHONE: 0345-3059691
You can also find Fatso’s The Mini Caterer on Facebook

As much as I love to cook for friends and family, shuttling back and forth between them and the kitchen can suck the fun out of my night pretty fast — I so need an open plan setup, dammit —sometimes, all I want to do is kick back, relax, and take the evening off. You know, just unwind and really settle into the couch and cozy conversations. 

Catering, of course, is the obvious answer. 

Here’s the thing, though. I’m over prawn tempura. I’m too old to still consider sad, tooth-pick-impaled cubes of cheese and hot dog chunks kosher party food. And I'm slightly averse to the idea of hiring a cook to bang out a boring Thai cashew nut chicken, nargisi koftay, and a mystery dessert made from some canned blueberry pie filling, which, shocker, tastes nothing blueberries. 

Fatso’s The Mini Caterer, a total pro at custom designed menus, catered lunches and dinners, and some seriously knock-out desserts, flips all those catering nightmares on their head, and is crazy popular in Karachi food circles. 

Take a look at their menu and quite obvious why. 

Savory french toast with buttered spinach, smoked sea salt, and parmesan custard. Seared sirloin salad with barley and grapes. Burgers with blue cheese infused butter and caramelized onion relish. Gingerbread orange cake with cream cheese frosting. Yaaaaaassssss!!!

Fatso’s also supplies sumptuous desserts to some of Karachi’s hottest hangouts, including Xander’s, Cosmopolitan, and Rowtisserie. And for the health-conscious, Fatso’s offshoot, Fitso’s, offers beautiful waistline-friendly fare like their protein plate, packed with slow roasted beef tenderloin with wasabi Mayo, spicy kidney beans, and boiled egg with chimichurri, and comes complete with a calorie count and nutritional information.  

With Fatso’s, the options are endless and unreal. Go on, entertain like a boss!

Open 7 days a week. Please allow 1 days notice for baked goodies, and 3 days for catered dinners and lunches. 

For your chance to WIN A SIGNATURE DARK CHOCOLATE GATEAU WITH SALTED CARAMEL FROM FATSO’S THE MINI CATERER*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway, on Facebook. Giveaway closes Sunday, 20 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST).

*Prize generously sponsored by Fatso’s The Mini Caterer

ADDRESS: Karachi (By Order Only)
PHONE: 0345-3059691
You can also find Fatso’s The Mini Caterer on Facebook.

September 14, 2015

The Lounge by Nyla: Personal Spaces That Pop

ADDRESS: Shop no: 17, Lower Ground Floor, Fortress Square Shopping Mall, Fortress Stadium, Lahore
PHONE(042) 37341722
You can also find The Lounge by Nyla on Facebook and Instagram

When it comes to color, I’m a fan of neutrals. Ivory, oatmeal, slate, coffee, navy, black; these are the colors of my rainbow, particularly when it comes to furnishing my home. It might sound vanilla, but here’s the secret; starting with a basic muted palette gives me the freedom to add bright pops of color with reckless abandon without stressing over a “color scheme”. 

Meticulously color-coordinated interiors had their moment, but the eighties are over.

Modern home decor, thankfully, is a lot more fluid and forgiving

The Lounge by Nyla is nailing this contemporary furnishing philosophy, creating bright, modern, and beautifully minimalistic furniture and home accessories that effortlessly combine form and function, transforming any room from frumpy to fabulous, pronto. 

Locally manufactured, using natural, high-quality materials, the gorgeous signature items at The Lounge, particularly their pop-art inspired rosewood trays, whimsical color-crazy cushions, and a line of bold bamboo tableware, are just the kind of eye-candy needed to create a cozy, interesting space that speaks of your personal style.

Bonus: it’s all surprisingly easy on the wallet. 
Say goodbye to the blah, the bland, and the stuffiness of obsessive color coding forever.

For your chance to WIN A BEAUTIFUL LACQUERED POPART TRAY OR A SET OF 3 BRIGHT BAMBOO BOWLS FROM THE LOUNGE BY NYLA*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway on Facebook and Instagram. Giveaway closes Friday, 18 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST).

* Prize generously sponsored by The Lounge by Nyla

ADDRESS: Shop no: 17, Lower Ground Floor, Fortress Square Shopping Mall, 
Fortress Stadium, Lahore
PHONE: (042) 37341722
You can also find The Lounge by Nyla on Facebook and Instagram

September 13, 2015

The Delicatessen by Cosa Nostra: Fresh, Simple, Delicious!

ADDRESS: Shop 11, Mall 1, Gaba Road, Off The Main Blvd., Lahore
PHONE: 042-35790081
You can also find The Delicatessen by Cosa Nostra on Facebook

Until recently, I had a long-standing gripe with the local dining scene; it was next to impossible finding a decent salad in Lahore. The kind that’s light, not limp. Dressed, not drowning. Fresh, not forgotten in the fridge. Iceberg was the It-Girl of greens and the mighty Caesar ruled. 

Locating a fast, casual afternoon bite that didn’t bring on the lazies was even taller order. 

The Delicatessen by Cosa Nostra is out to change all that. 

A family-owned offshoot of upscale Italian eatery, Cosa Nostra, The Deli, as it’s fondly referred to, has quickly become Lahore’s hottest lunch spot thanks to quick, healthy, simple food made using the freshest ingredients, and prepared daily in their own kitchen. 

The results are deeply delicious.

Around lunchtime, the line at The Deli easily snakes well past the self-service counter, with customers queuing to order favorites like the delicate mushroom crepes, gourmet sandwiches, and gorgeous mixed fruit tarts. 

And nothing gets regulars raving like The Deli’s signature rotisserie chicken. Over-roasted until it’s fall-off-the-bone melt-in-your-mouth tender, served with your choice of sautéed veggies or garlic mashed potatoes, and a flavor-packed gravy, it’s so popular, they’re often sold out. Tip: your best shot at catering to your cravings is grabbing an early lunch.

The Deli’s real win, though, is their salads. Smart, sexy, and so satisfying. Sweet roasted pumpkin with hearty greens, feta, and pine nuts. Grilled slices of zucchini tossed in a beautiful balsamic glaze. Smoky sweet potato with red onions, nuts, and tangy sweet dressing.  

Yes, please! To all of it.

For your chance to WIN A FREE LUNCH FOR TWO AT THE DELICATESSEN BY COSA NOSTRA*, don’t forget to enter The Outrageous Eid Giveaway on Facebook and Instagram. Giveaway closes Thursday, 17 September 2015 at 11:59 pm (PST).

* Prize generously sponsored by The Delicatessen by Cosa Nostra

The Delicatessen by Cosa Nostra
ADDRESS: Shop 11, Mall 1, Gaba Road, Off The Main Blvd., Lahore
PHONE: 042-35790081
You can also find The Delicatessen by Cosa Nostra on Facebook

September 4, 2015

Peek Freans ButterPuff Crackers Go Greek: Easy Entertaining

As much as I love hanging out in the kitchen and cooking up a storm, when it comes to eating, I’m a nibbler. I’ll take small, simple quick-bites over a lavish meal any day. Mezze, tapas, antipasti, appetizers, yes please! 

On an average day, though, nothing beats a totally killer classic like crackers and cheese, ammirite? 

Actually, crackers are the perfect vehicle for delivering all sorts of deliciousness into my greedy mouth. 

Depending on the cracker, of course. 

Raise your hand if you’ve known the struggle of your meticulously constructed cracker-mobile turning to tasteless sawdust as you chew.

So, what makes a great cracker? 

August 10, 2015

Friends or Fauxs with Mini Bresaola, Pickled Radish & Watercress Tarts


Sorry, I know I jumped the gun, but I’m assuming it’ll be quicker if I cut to the chase before you ask where I’ve been and why I fell off the face of the earth completely unannounced. 

I’ll be brief.

Basically, some women have this neat ability to sail through building and bringing forth 8 pounds of human being into this world like it’s no big deal. They laugh in the face of hormonal horrors and epi-less labor and emerge from the rigors of child-bearing like champions; energized, refreshed, and ready for a round of high-fives, because pushing out a pot roast was the most pooped-their-yoga-pants ethereal experience ev-ver.  

Unfortunately, I am not one of those annoying a-holes. 

I’m your average zero-zen, fifty-shades-of-frustrated bun-baker and pregnancy puts everything on pause. 

I’m frazzled, I fuss, I complain, I cry…constantly, I obsess over the inane, and my automatic response to unpleasant situations is a red-hot over-reaction. 

No lies, I’m only open for low-level brain activity. 

I kid you not, in the past couple of months, the most strenuous mind-game I played was trying to find a comfortable position to sit, sleep, or stand in.

Sadly, all my attempts failed spectacularly and I was forced to settle for second prize: awkwardly reclining in positions that were neither lady-like nor fit for public consumption and periodically cursing T for putting me through this torture for the sake of more spawn.

Don’t you dare roll your eyes at me, okay? You’ve never had a yeti residing in your uterus.

Shit Just Got Real

In the bigger pregnancy picture, though, physical discomfort was such a frivolous dilemma.

What totally took its toll was the staggering impact of social isolation.

November 11, 2014

Wok's Cooking: Eating Your Way Around China

Photo Credits: Taimur Rafiq aka The Husband

What’s not to love about Chinese food, right? The heat, the spice, that divine fragrance of fried garlic and ginger, the chopsticks (which I still frequently stumble and fail to use with any sort of finesse or elegance), those adorable little white cardboard take-away containers; love at first bite, I tell you! But there’s bad news, babies…we’ve all been duped. 

Now why on earth would I say such a horrible thing? 

Well, because Chinese food, at least as most of us know it, is so far from the real deal, it’s hard not to feel a little disillusioned. 

See, believe it or not, trying to order off a typical (read: traditional) menu in China means you’ll probably be hard-pressed to find familiar favorites like Chicken Manchurian, Sweet & Sour Prawns, or even a simple American Chop Suey. That’s because most of these dishes didn’t originate in China at all. Instead, they’re the love-children of local culinary influences on the global Chinese diaspora. 

So what should you know about eating authentic Chinese cuisine? 

Well, first and foremost, it’s all about location, location, location. The kind of food you’ll find varies vastly from region to region in China and it can leave the uninitiated’s head spinning. Sichuan, Hunan, Cantonese; the list goes on and the options are incredible and endless, but they do have one thing in common — while the locavore movement might have only recently started regaining traction in the western world, in China “eating local” is centuries old tradition and plain common sense. That means everything from the climate, to the availability of ingredients, and of course, local preferences determines what could end up on your plate. 

Take Zhejiang cuisine, for example, which is native to sea-facing eastern China, and you’ll find it heavily features both fresh-water and salt-water fish, prawns, crabs, lobster, squid, octopus, and all sorts of other underwater delicacies, often live and on display in large tanks at many restaurants. That’s right! You can pick your prey and request the chef to cook it to order, guaranteeing fabulous custom culinary delights at their absolute freshest and finest.

By the way, while a lot of Chinese food is simple fare — think soft steamed dumplings and plenty of fuss-free stir-fried vegetables and meats — don’t underestimate the amount of care and deftness that goes into prepping and cooking ingredients using authentic Chinese cooking techniques. Seriously, have you ever tried creating those curious little creases that seal wontons shut? How about having a hand at trying to recreate the devastatingly delicate beauty of Dai fruit carvings?

Didn’t think so. 

The point is, don’t be fooled into believing that Chinese food comes without its fair share of flair and drama. In fact, in some cases, the crazy-quotient can be so high, it is definitely not recommended for the squeamish or faint-of-heart. Hairy crabs, anyone? How about some deep-fried duck heads? No? Perhaps some snake soup or a sniff and taste of stinky tofu will do the trick? Jokes aside, though, what’s important to remember before wrinkling your nose or making a beeline in the opposite direction, is that the untrained palate could (and probably would) have the same reaction to a number of our own local delicacies such as brain masala, or curried goat testicles, or barbecued chicken hearts, so it’s mostly a matter of being an acquired taste for the adventurous eater.   

Finally, what’s most important to remember when eating your way around China is this: though the food culture of the country is as wide and varied as it’s regions and it’s people, and what lands on your plate might leave you in shock and awe, no matter where you go, it always entails giant and equal doses of warmth, generosity, and camaraderie, especially if you happen to be a guest of one of the locals.

Much like in Pakistan, a hosts hospitality is directly proportional to their propensity to force feed you and meals tend to be long, loud affairs where everything from the conversation to the food and the drinks flow freely for what seems like forever. No complaints here, though. Only happy campers. A wee word of warning: you’d be wise not expect a stingy sandwich-and-soda scenario at a traditional Chinese table. Portions are likely to be large, plates are usually shared, and yes, double-dipping is absolutely acceptable, so unless you’re a genuine germo-phobe, just keep calm and keep eating ‘cause it’s not common for people to cringe and complain about cooties in China. 

Happy eating, babies!

October 15, 2014

Crisp Autumn Apple Crumble

There’s something about the fall that is absolutely fabulous; that slight chill, those snug socks, and the endless cups of chai and coffee paired served with something sweet to warm your soul. Honestly, all that coziness and comfort food makes a killer combination.

On an average day, I’m far from a die-hard dessert fan, but the second that heater is even close to switched on, my hankering for some sweet seduction starts to sneak up on me.

Frankly, I don’t consider fruit a confection, but if you place an apple crumble in the picture, I’m sold. Seriously, that heady scent of cinnamon-spiced sugar is heaven sent. The crumble is crisp, buttery and studded with walnuts and tucked beneath the topping, beautiful autumn apples bathed in sticky syrup.

Warm, wonderful and well worth the trouble!

Crisp Autumn Apple Crumble (4 servings)



3 large apples (1/2 kg)

1 lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons water

½ cup raisins

½ cup brown sugar

Crumble Topping:

1 cup whole-meal flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

75 grams butter, chilled and cubed

½ cup walnuts

½ cup brown sugar

Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius/ 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

To make the crumble topping, in a medium bowl, combine the whole-meal flour and cinnamon.

Add the chilled butter to the dry ingredients and, using your fingertips; gently rub the butter into the flour until mixture starts to look like coarse breadcrumbs.

Stir the walnuts and sugar into the butter/flour mixture and place in the fridge.

For the apple filling, peel and quarter the apples and remove the core and seeds. Slice the apples 1/8 of an inch thick lengthwise and toss in a bowl in the lemon juice, sugar and water.

Butter an oven-proof pie dish and layer the apples inside the dish. Pour any excess liquid left in the bowl over the apples.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crumble is crisp and golden brown.