Sunday, 28 August 2011

Recipe - Plum Compote

Whilst the rest of this blog is, admittedly, a bit "do-gooder", the recipes section is here for a very different reason - BFTF appears to be utterly incapable of keeping track of the recipes that it has tried, especially the ones that seemed to work. So putting them here will hopefully ensure that BFTF can find them when required.

I suppose you could call it a "Silicon Smorgasbord". . .

Plum Compote

BFTF has always been interested in the idea of making jam, but has been less keen on the perceived need for paraphanelia such as muslin filters, airtight jars and gelling agents. All sounds a bit technical.

But then an auntie(see note at end of post) down the road presented the BFTF household with a big bag of plums from her plum tree. There were too many to eat so a preserve of some kind was in order.

A work colleague recommended a recipe for a Plum Compote (a compote is basically a runny jam) and this has proved very successful. . .

12 ripe(ish) plums
1/2 cup sugar (fairtrade is good)
1/2 cup water

Cut plums into quarters. Remove and discard stones (they contain a toxic chemical)

Bung everything into a saucepan and bring to a strong simmer

Keep simmering for 20 minutes, longer if you want a thicker result.

Allow to cool, put in a plastic container and freeze. Scoop out spoonfulls from frozen whenever required.

This compote is "the business" when added to vanilla ice cream. .

This recipe rates as "EASY" on the BFTF Washing Up Index

Note : In many asian cultures, anyone you meet is one of the following:
"Brother / Sister" - any male / female under about 40
"Uncle / Auntie - any male / female over about 40

This works pretty well until, one day, you walk into a shop and one of the staff says "What would you like, Uncle" - and you think "Uncle!!! Uncle!!! Do I look like an Uncle? I'm still a "Brother", sunshine".

Indeed, BFTF has actually said in the past "you can call me brother, thank you very much!"

So there you go, dessert recipes and socialogical trivia all in one post. It's all here on Building for the Future. . .

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