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Today it was very wet and windy. I didn't mind but a lot of people are getting frustrated about the weather as it's not very good in Wellington at all. *shrug* it's weather, what can you do? So today Asher and I made chocolate bread rolls and then... drum roll please... plum sauce. It's not a sweet sauce, it's savoury. Tangy. I emailed my aunt and asked her for the recipe, and today she sent it so it was our first attempt to make a sauce. Asher's latest craze is plum sauce (he's gone from tomato sauce to sweet chili to plum) and he loved my father's plum sauce but his supply has now run out and there won't be any sauce coming from the grave so I asked my father's sister for her recipe. Here is our effort

I've been painting our living room and am nearly finished. I've been working. I've been tidying and tidying and throwing out stuff left, right and centre. I have organised cupboards, drawers and shelves. I have ordered school uniform bits, taken blazers to the dry cleaners, made deans' appointments, taken children to the dentist, paid bills, medicated the cat against fleas, brushed the rabbit, cleaned the car, all those things I put off during the term - the list goes on. I am a domestic goddess. But that all ends next week with school reawakening. I shall go back to being a working mother. Kind of sad, huh.

And life is to be treasured. A former colleague of mine, whose brother was a very good friend of ours a few schools ago, died on Thursday from a brain tumour. Jim was a very kind, very nice guy and I taught both his daughters recently. It is such a shame that his life had to end so early (he's in his very early 50s) and that they could do nothing about the tumour (and Finn's godfather was the oncologist so I know it had to be impossible to fix). The funeral will be on Wednesday. And because of Jim's death I shall be reminded more keenly to treasure this amazing life I have.

I read Prey the last couple of days by Michael Crichton. It was one of those stories that just zooms along. It helped me sleep. I never sleep well before the return to school so I've also had a lot of fun staying up to watch the Aussie Open each night. It finishes here about 1 a.m.

And I really must do some dreaded school work. Here goes... maybe... *pout* don't wanna...


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Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
Hyperactivity and thrillers. No wonder you don't sleep *g*

Plum sauce sounds good - would it work with yellow plums, do you think? In which case please could I have the recipe becuae I have no idea what to do with the quantity of plums our plum tree (the one in the icon) produces.

We've had a few friends die comparatively young, one from an inoperable brain tumour and one from a heart problem that didn't make itself known in any way until too late, one from cancer that could have been treated if she'd lived somewhere else (how do you blame a whole country - Barbados - for a death?) and another from very aggressive cancer - I always find funerals for people dying well before 'normal' much sadder than those for others, even close loved ones, who have lived a long life. It seems so unfair, somehow. You will be so sad for your friend and for his family.
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
We used yellow fleshed plums (with red skins)! I did think they were a bit sour though so we added extra sugar and a drained tin of Black Doris plums towards the end!! A friend makes it just with tinned plums. I'll post the recipe asap...

Thanks for your kind words. The family didn't want a funeral as much as a celebration of Jim's life and so they did just that. No mention of God LOL but some lovely eulogies and sharing of his skills and joys. One really important thing which he wrote about a lot (he wrote maths text books) was the importance of being inspiring as a teacher so that students love to learn!
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
The plums are ripe round about late May. They are quite sweet.
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
What do you put the plum sauce on Jenn? That is so coll that you and Asher baked and made sauce together. I have just ordered the Philip Gulley book, "Home to Harmony". I know you like the Harmony books and I need something to read.

God bless thee Friend!
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
We use plum sauce in gravy, Asian cooking, Asher's toasted sandwiches, flavouring mince, all kinds of things like that.

-I have just ordered the Philip Gulley book, "Home to Harmony". I know you like the Harmony books and I need something to read.
Oh I'd love to own the Harmony books, too! I'll get them myself one day. They only have them at the library here. PHil just sees the funny in such very tiny little simple lovely things that we all experience. Our parish is so very like that in some ways (not the country stuff though LOL!!!). I just feel good when I read it.
Jan. 25th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
Your plum sauce looks very tempting and I love the labels you've designed for the jars!
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'd prefer a painting of plums on my labels by ...YOU!
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Is there any chance I could get the recipes for the plum sauce (I've been known to become seriously addicted to the stuff) and the chocolate bread rolls (my new year's resolution was to bake bread once a fortnight, and the involvement of chocolate would definitely encourage me to give those a go).
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
Hey hey Han honey pie!
I'll post the plum sauce and bread recipes when I get time, sure. The chocolate bread is just wonderful but in the picture it looks like they added cocoa and it's not in the recipe which irritates me a bit!! So we add cocoa to make rich brown looking rolls! It does feel good to be making stuff! Problem here is it all gets eaten so fast!
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! Btw, I sent you an email the other day - the only address I had for you was your paradise.net one - did you get it? If not, can you let me know where to resend it to (it has an attachment I think you'll find funny).
Jan. 26th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of plum sauce...must not be such a big thing over here in the states.
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Aw, Kyle, if only I could send you some but we are not allowed to send food to the US. It's a kind of savoury sauce, like a smooth, rich tomato sauce with a vinegarish hint.

I found the card I made you ages ago and oh so slackly did not send! I'll have to make you up a care package right away! xxxxx
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