At Home With Rowena

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Last of the Plums!

Summer is definately on the wane, and the plum season is also coming to an end. There was an article in our local paper, the Brentwood Gazette, the other week, about how the supermarket chains were buying foreign plums because they were so much cheaper. Meanwhile, all the English plums were literally going to waste.

One of my neighbours has 2 Victoria Plum trees in her garden. Last year, she got 2 plums - this year, there have been so many, she has been unable to use them all, and kindly requested that I help myself to as many as I wanted. Over the following fortnight I harvested these lovely fruits, until last week, when it became obvious that this years plentiful supply had finally run it's course.

I froze the best of them - laid out on a baking tray in the freezer (so they wouldn't stick together!) before transfering to a freezer bag, with the aim of enjoying them during the winter months ahead.

The few that were unsuitable for freezing I made into a Plum Crumble. I have to say, it was absolutely delicious with custard! As a thank you to Pam, I took a bowl of crumble round to her house, which she assured me later she had really enjoyed.

Pam now lives on her own, and said that since her husband passed over last year, she doesn't do any baking for herself, as there's always too much and it inevitably gets wasted. I decided there and then, that when I make my next pie/pudding, etc; that I will take some to Pam. I love baking, but despite having four of us in the house, there's only me that likes such puddings (notice, I don't say 'desserts'! - that sounds so wishy-washy - nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned pudding!!!!) - and I always end up with more than I can eat. This way, both of us can benefit - I enjoy baking them, and we can both share pleasure in the eating!

More than anything, I realized how little effort it takes to share some of our natural wealth with those who are living alone, either unable or uninterested to prepare home-made delights for themselves. To put a portion of a baking enterprise to one side for someone else can be a lovely heartfelt gift - share the love!

On that note, I'll sign off now -

Sharing my love -

Till next time -