Our elderly neighbour gave us a bag of plums this week. Incidentally, I love the way the older generation put things into old bread bags. It's not so common to do that anymore... but I like it.
As well as those, yesterday I received another large bag from the mother of one our children's friends. And there is a large bough broken on a large plum tree up at my brother-in-laws house, so there are hopes of more plums to come.
This afternoon - being cooler - I set to work on Plum Jam and Plum Chutney. I have a recipe tucked away for Plum Cordial, when I get some more, and does Plum Icecream sound nice.....??
Plum jam is so easy.
My recipe is . . .
1 1/2 cups of water
7 cups of sugar.
I nearly lessened the sugar by one cup, because really, 7 cups of sugar!!! Seems a little too much, but in the end I didn't, which is just as well, because the jam is a little on the tart side, which I, and everyone else in my household happens to like, but if I'd left the cup out, we would have been pulling funny faces at each other.
The plum chutney recipe is my own, although there is one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's that I am keen to try here. But for now, this is mine:
1 onion, finely diced
500gms plums, roughly sliced
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups Malt Vinegar
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Fresh ginger chopped and bound in a muslin bag (as much as you like).
Boil until sugar is dissolved, and then turn heat down and simmer for 30-40 minutes until it is reduced and thickened.