Monday, September 14, 2009


I have some amazingly talented friends.

My friend Jeremy recently made a movie called Dive: Living off America's Waste. It's excellent and I hope it gets the attention that it deserves.

Here is the case that I took some photos for. The artwork is great, I love it ... ha!

Because of the work on this documentary, I have been introduced to the world of dumpster diving. I have gone a few times myself, but I mostly enjoy the benefits from friends doing the "dirty work" ... what can I say, I'm a moocher.

It's amazing what is thrown away. Perfectly-good-food.

Recently there was a bunch of blueberries from the dumpster that my housemate, Audrey, so kindly cleaned and put in the freezer. I used some of them to make this - with some minor adaptions, of course, because I can't help myself. I can't.

Blueberry Crumble
Blueberry Crumble

This is for you Holly & Jen:

One store's trash is another woman's Blueberry Crumble

2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
Juice from lemon
1/2 cup agave
3-4 teaspoons arrowroot powder
a pinch of salt

2/3 cup whole wheat white flour
2/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons sucanat (that's what I used, but brown sugar or sugar in the raw (or whatever you have) would be fine)
Zest of one lemon
1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Prepare topping: In a mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sucanat and lemon zest and add the melted butter. Mix until small and large clumps form. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. Prepare filling: Toss blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, arrowroot and a pinch of salt in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
  3. Remove topping from refrigerator and cover fruit thickly and evenly with topping. Place pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake until crumble topping is golden brown in places and fruit is bubbling beneath, about 40 to 50 minutes.


ben wideman said...

I think we need to do a screening at PMC.

Jennifer said...

That movie sounds great!!!! I must see it!

MMMMMMM trashy crumble :) It really does look amazing. I love how generous you were with the topping!! I dont suppose rummaging through the trash in search of ice cream to pair with this would be worthwhile eh?! too melty! ;)

Amanda Mae said...

Ben: That's a great idea!

Jennifer: haha! I'd be so happy if we came across some not too melty ice cream in the dumpster!

Jennifer said...

you tricked me into eating trash!!

Amanda Mae said...

haha Jen! ... and you liked it!

Cafe Pasadena said...

You're the 2nd Pasadena blogger who's gone a dumpster diving! I guess it's on account of the economy...

Sprouted Kitchen said...

don't i know it about 'can't not make adaptations, just can't'. If often gets the best of me, but it's the tweaks that make the food, mine ;)Yours sound fabulous