I am still using up the last batch of plum stew which are tucked in the freezer besides bags of peaches and cobs of corn. We still love enjoying plums, especially J who loves eating it with scoops of ice cream. ICE CREAM? Yes, ice cream. I know, in the chilly weather like this, he still is able to enjoy ice cream in front of the fireplace, while I'd rather had a bowl of hot spiced pudding.
We've had frosts several times which are quite shocking. I recalled in Winter last year, the farmers in Pukekohe had to lost their crops as are burned by frost, resulting on sky-rocketing prices of broccoli. I wonder how cold Winter this year will be.
I also am hoping that the tadpoles in the water troughs will make through to Spring. A bit worrying if they'll be becoming frozen in the troughs while we're trying to save their lives and their habitats. I haven's heard any frogs croaking at my place, while in Bali you can always hear them everywhere. Moreover, when it's in rainy season.
News from home, we've been collecting books and we're still hoping there will be more people who are interested in donating their books for Books for Love event. Please, kindly help these cancer kids to get better treatments by donating your books and let your readers bid on your books to raise funds for them.
Plum Chocolate Slice
250g 72% dark chocolate
250g unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup caster sugar (add more if you want this sweeter)
1/2 cup cream cheese
8 black dorris plum stew
Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a simmering water in a saucepan. Remove from the pan and cool. Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick, then pour in the slightly cooled chocolate-butter mixture. Scatter the plums (either halved or quartered them) over the surface and drop dots of cream cheese. Bake in the preheated oven at 170C until cooked. The centre should still be soft. Great with vanilla ice cream, a dollop of fresh cream or with creme fraiche. Makes 12 slices.