Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola

Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola + A Big Decision

Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola
Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola
Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola
Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola

The Big Decision:

Hello, my friend. It’s been a little while since we’ve chatted, or rather, you’ve read my musings and typed up a lovely comment in response, and I’ve squealed with joy. The truth is, I’ve been working through some major life decisions lately. I suppose I’m in my early (ish) twenties and that’s par for the course, but spending a weekend at a strange “wellness” exposition that was really more hokey pokey than scientific had me re-evaluating my life.

I don’t believe that a “medium” can manifest things for me by blowing into a microphone, but for some reason this experience gave legs to an ongoing reflection on where I’m at in life right now, and where I want to go.

Ask yourself this question: Do I feel like I’m living true to myself in all areas of my life?

The results may surprise you.

It’s a big one, I know. So many parts of your life are encompassed in that question: health, relationships, abundance, honesty, work…it’s one mindf*ck of a question that’s perfectly capable of tripping you up for days at a time. And boy, am I ever tripping.

I started this blog as Katy’s Kitchen over three years ago now. From the beginning I wanted to create my own business that would allow me to channel some of my creative energy that I didn’t necessarily have a place to channel elsewhere.

This website has grown and changed and gone through a complete overhaul as I: graduated university, stepped out into adulthood, experienced some fulfilling and some not so fulfilling relationships, published exhilarating, terrifying pieces of writing, travelled to a new continent, moved twice, developed increasing strength and empowerment in dealing with my mental illnesses, taught myself how to use countless new technologies, created a radio show, settled into an understanding and comfort with my gender that has brought me so much joy, held a beautiful baby on the day he was born for the first time in my life…it’s been a wild three years, and I’ve carried this website through all of that.

I’ve also saturated my brain with knowledge from business leaders in many fields to a point where I have a much greater understanding of what it takes to run a business than I did at 22 years old. I understand now that the market of food blogging is saturated. Everybody eats, yes, but with the arrival and growth of Pinterest, food bloggers must work harder and harder to set their content apart from the rest and earn a living (if that’s what they desire). Is it impossible? Certainly not. I believe that with monetary investment, a strong drive, and few life commitments, one can spend the 60-80 hours per week growing and improving their business to a point where it becomes sustainable.

But that’s the catch: What I wanted when I started this site was a business I could survive off of on my own. I’ve always been fiercely independent with my finances, and these past three years I just haven’t been able to afford, and also haven’t necessarily desired, to put the necessary time and monetary investment into reaching that place. It takes years, it takes time, and it takes effort. I understand this now more than I ever did, and it has caused me to reevaluate whether I want to put ALL my effort into THIS right NOW.

My Dish is Bomb is not my only passion, and it’s not the only place I want to spend my time. I’m tired of spending an hour a day scheduling Pinterest posts because that’s what I have to do to make this business work. I want to spend that hour walking, reading, or chatting with a friend. I’m tired of pushing myself to complete a recipe or a post when I’m just not feeling super inspired. It sucks the fun out of my creative process.

I’ve been sitting with these reflections for a little while, and it’s made me realize that I need to change my outlook on this website from business to hobby in order to continue receiving all the wonderful gifts it brings to my life: online connections with people like you, opportunity to grow creatively, and an outlet for my writing. I have mad respect for business women who are running their food websites and supporting themselves completely with their sites. I just don’t think for me, and my life, this website is the best place to do that right now.

Am I shutting the whole thing down? Certainly not. But I am quitting the “job” and turning it into a hobby. I’m going to post as little, or as often, as I please. I’m going to give myself all the time in the world to respond thoughtfully to every comment. I’m going to pin images because they’re beautiful, not because I think they would help grow my profile. I’m going to tweet silly things, swear like a pirate, and take a huge bite of a freshly baked cake before setting it up for photos.

This job has been an amazing three year run, and I look forward to the continued growth and development I will experience as I continue the site as a hobby. And, who knows, maybe in a couple years time, I’ll decide I miss this job like crazy. Fortunately, I won’t have to deal with a terrifying interview process as I’ll be applying to myself. 🙂

Thank you for all the love and support you’ve continued to provide me as I’ve changed directions over and over again. I look forward to our continued relationship and sharing of sweets, treats, and nuggets of wisdom baked with love.
Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola
Recipe for Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola

The Recipe:

A couple years ago an episode of My Drunk Kitchen, I watched Hannah Hart talk about the American tradition of adding a slice of cheddar cheese to apple pie. It took me two years to try something similar myself, and this savoury apple crisp is the result of that little seed planted in my head two years ago. Mozzarella cheese pairs its creamy self with the beautifully stinky strength of gorgonzola. Don’t be mistaken, even though this is a savoury apple crisp, it’s still a dessert. Sweet, a little salty, creamy, and very decadent, you’ll be asking for a second helping in no time.

Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: serves 6
Ingredients
  • 5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 75 g gorgonzola
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. In an 8×8 pan, spread the apple slices evenly over the bottom. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the apples. Crumble the gorgonzola and sprinkle it over the mozza.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, and butter. Mix with your hands to form pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle these overtop the apples and cheese.
  3. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Let the crisp cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

15 thoughts on “Savoury Apple Crisp with Mozzarella and Gorgonzola + A Big Decision”

  1. Katy, I wish you all the best! Food blogging is definitely not easy. I have always looked forward to your posts and will continue to do so!

    I wanted you to know that you are one of the blogs that was a catalyst into me becoming a food blogger! I wanted to thank you.

    Take care,
    Elaine

    1. Elaine, thank you so much for such a sweet comment! I’m so glad I was able to pass on the inspiration brought to me by many bloggers before me. Thanks for reading as always 🙂 Take care!

  2. Oh Katy! I’m really glad that you took the time to evaluate your needs and wants and that you are going with what will make you happy. I agree that food blogging is a full time (PLUS!) job and if it is not making you happy it is not something you want to be spending all your time on! Also the great thing is that you have already built your blog so you can continue to create content as you want. Thank you for being my blogging and non-blogging friend!
    AND this crisp is amazing! I didn’t know about the cheese and apple pie thing until I was a young adult, and at first I thought it was weird, but I soon realized that cheese and apples are the most amazing combination. Love this!

    1. Thanks for such a sweet comment Meghan! I’m so happy we’re blogging + non-blogging friends! It’s funny, I used to eat cheese and apples as a snack all the time but never tried it in a dessert until now. It only makes sense, what with the wonders of melted cheese and soft baked apples. 🙂

  3. I’ve felt what you’re feeling a lot lately and it takes so much courage to take a step back and evaluate your wants and needs. I’m so happy that you’ve come to a decision that has lifted the weight off your shoulders and I’m also selfishly pleased you will still be posting! I’ll always be happy to see an email from you in my mailbox. I remember the first time I saw my grandpa put a slice of sharp cheddar on apple pie and heat it up. I was scandalized. But as usual, he was right and it tasted amazing so I love how you’ve taken it to a whole other level with this apple crisp!

    1. Megan, thank you so much! Your comment really made me grin from ear to ear. It’s still a wonder to me that people allow me into their treasured inboxes! Grandpas always know best when it comes to flavours, I think. Time-honoured traditions are good for all. 🙂

  4. I completely respect and admire your decision. I know it wasn’t easy but I feel a true sense of peace and confidence through your writing. You are a gifted individual and there’s no doubt that whatever you decide to do – will be great, and ‘that world’ will be lucky to have you. I’m happy you’ll continue your blog as a hobby – you create beautiful things, my friend! Happy days to you! xoxo

  5. I think it is just so awesome that you stepped back and really evaluated what you want – out of this blog, out of life, etc. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately – what do I really want and want to do and where do I want to invest my time. I think for me I’ve realized that while I want my site to be my job – for me, it needs to be just a piece of a larger puzzle and not the only thing that I do. If that makes sense. Stepping back a bit on posting is and will give me the space to do other things that fulfill me in a different way! Anyway, enough of me rambling! Your site is awesome and you are going to rock doing whatever it is you want to do!!

    1. That totally makes sense! I definitely understand the urge to have more pieces of the puzzle to put together to comprise your job or spare time. Stepping back on posting is a wonderful thing that usually provides the perspective you need in my experience. Glad you’ve been able to find that space and happiness with your passions! Thanks so much for the comment Ashley 🙂

  6. Yes on so many levels! For the longest time, I treated my blog like a second full time job and it completely pulled all the spirit and fun out of it. No longer was I cooking because I wanted to, but because I had to scramble for a post tomorrow. It made me a cranky bitch, to be honest.

    Now, I post twice a week but don’t stress if i fall behind. Really living life is important for your mental well being. I’m excited to see where this blog goes in the future. Because your recipes are always creative and beautifully composed.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. The pressure to constantly produce content and to “keep up with the Joneses”, so to speak, causes so much unneeded stress. Maybe in our case it would be “Keeping up with the Cupcakes and Cashmere’s”. Ha! I’m glad you’ve settled into a routine that’s stress-free, it makes all the difference. Thank you so much for the compliments!

  7. I will always looking forward to reading your musings and recipes, Katy, no matter how often they come.
    It is important to stay true to yourself when you blog, rather than doing certain things, pinning certain pictures or tweeting certain words to “build a brand”. I take my hat off to you!

    1. Mariana, thank you so much! I agree, staying true to yourself makes for a much more genuine blog, and a more interesting one to read, too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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