8lbs of fruit + a very late night (03:30 bedtime) = Lots of tasty homemade dishes to eat.
Started at 16:30 yesterday afternoon and finished at 11.30 this morning. I made with my foraged fruit - Cake, Jam, Lollies, Oaty Fruit Bars, Pie, Syrup and Sauces x two types.
Oaty Fruit Bars - 200g of plums. I got this recipe from Mangocheeks blog, I altered it slightly by adding a few dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg and the crushed seeds of two cardamom pods. The fruits I used was 200g of plums and 100gs of wild blackberries. Reading her food creations takes me back to when I was freer with my time to be as creative with food. I think, no, I know her blog is starting to push me to be more creative again with the dishes I produce for my family.
600g of plums
100g of sugar
4 tsp of cornflower
I also added a bay leaf x1
60g flour (I used whole wheat)
95g brown sugar
30g chopped pecans (I used sliced almonds)
75g melted margarine
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the melted margarine. Spread over the pie filling and sprinkle the chopped nuts (I mixed the almonds into the a mixture, I don’t have time to faff).
I really wanted to complete all the dishes last night but soon realised that I forgot the onions and chillies which I needed for the next recipes in the greenhouse out back, not wanting to go fetch it at 02:00am in the pitch dark I decided to complete the rest of the dishes this morning. So this morning I woke up to crack on as the weeks washing and a planned day out was also in the works.
Woke up at 08:30am and first things first put on a load of washing and then get started on the last three dishes which was really two in one which I adapted to a three in one recipe.
While the above was bubbling I decided to use up some leftover strawberries which I purchased on Tuesday from the boys who came by with wheelbarrows filled with punnets. This is my recipe dreamed up today for:
A punnet of strawberries
250g/ half tub of Alpro Yoghurt
3 leaves of pineapple mint
4 leaves of lemon balm
Optional a couple squeezes of golden syrup.
And well that’s it, except I forgot to add prepare breakfast (porridge was a quick choice), finish three more loads of washing leave a fourth to soak, make pack lunch x 2, get kids and self dressed and out the door at 12:50am to catch the right bus, arrive at destination in time. Nicely done a gold star for me, yah!!!