Another day of generally heavy rain;
however I did manage to dash out with my little wicker basket & fill it with dark, juicy ripe plums from the tree in the orchard, concerned that they’d soon be past their best & I’d miss their bounty. I rustled up a simple compote to complement a hearty supper dish of sausages & mash, made with fresh, earthy potatoes from the garden & given the robust perk of our tasty pork & leek sausages. The compote is so easy to make:
SAUCE RECIPE: WARM PLUM & APPLE COMPOTE
A splash of olive oil; 25g/1oz butter; 1 tsp organic brown sugar; 4-5 thinly sliced little brown onions; a dozen juicy, ripe Victoria plums, stoned & halved; an apple, peeled, cored & sliced; a generous drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Gently heat the oil, butter & sugar in a large, deep frying pan. Add the onion, apple & plums & cook with the balsamic vinegar until reduced to a lovely sticky glaze. Serve warm with sausages or chops on a bed of crushed potato with freshly-steamed green vegetables. Comforting, filling & delicious!
Meanwhile we’re still reeling with yesterday’s news, that another case of FMD has been confirmed on a farm within the Protection Zone in Surrey; however at least we have to be thankful to an extent, that the disease doesn’t seem to be spreading beyond its’ boundaries. Regardless, the continued relaxation of movement restrictions on livestock just does not seem to make any sense to us – why can’t we wait, until the UK is definitely clear of the disease, before persisting with such risks?
Ah well; we spent the day confined to the ffarm, with the chores proving more time-consuming than usual owing to poor Assie’s broken leg; & it gave us the opportunity to tackle those myriad little ‘catch-up’ jobs & continue the ever-upward climb up our mountain of paperwork – these things don’t just stop for the weekend, alas….!