Plum Compote and Rice Pudding

Victoria Plums

Apparently it’s a bumper year for plums. Living on the fourth floor of a flat in Bethnal Green, I’m somewhat distanced from it all. But I’ve heard that there is a frenzy sweeping the countryside.

People with plum trees are all a-panic. They can’t pick the plums quickly enough. Ripe fruit is dropping from heaving branches, lying bruised on the ground and demanding to be cooked immediately. But these poor plum tree owners are too distracted trying to pick the fruit so it escapes injury, to have the time to cook it all…. 

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Plum and Cardamom Sponge

plum cardamom sponge minus slice

When it began raining yesterday, my heart sunk. It felt like the big, fat droplets of rain might be battering against the windows until next May. I’m not good with bad weather. It overwhelms me with irrational and pessimistic thoughts. The very idea of winter looming on the horizon makes me feel a bit peculiar.  In fact, if I had any sense, I’d emigrate to warmer climes – but then I’d miss tea and pubs and black humour too much.… 

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Greengage Ripple Ice Cream

greengage plums in a bag

The French call them Reine-Claude. The Turks call them Erik. The Brits call them Greengages….

However you want to address these little green plums, their taste is as lovely as their title. Tart and sour, they signify the seasonal transition from summery, sweet strawberries to sharper, autumnal fruit: loganberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, blackberries….… 

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