Monday, August 06, 2007

Yellow Egg Plums

First the good news...my copy of The Deathly Hallows finally arrived, though a bit worse for wear, on Friday night. I read it over the weekend! It was really good. It is my second favorite of the series (First is still the Order of the Phenoix.)


The photo is of the craft project I did with the kids at the library during the summer reading program. They each made their own broom-pencil. Quick, easy and inexpensive...oh ya, and the kids seemed to like them. Hits all the major points! (I found the directions on the net and apologize that I cannot remember where?!)


One of the things I love about living out in our village is all the fruit trees around us. We have several plum and apple trees. Growing up in New England I have no problem finding uses for the apples. the plums are a different story. I've never seen nor cooked with this type of yellow plum. My gardener called them "egg plums," which I googled and got very little. I used some to make a plum crunch this weekend. They smell wonderful when they are blanching. The crunch came out OK but how much of that can you eat! Does anyone know of any other recipies for this type of plum?
Life is pretty much back to normal here after the floods. We still have to boil water to wash the dishes and drink bottled water but after all we have been through that isn't such a big deal!
Today I am determined to get back to sewing. I'm putting together some backings to try and finish up a few projects. Boring but necessary. If I can finish those I may let mayself play with the red, white and blue cowgirl blocks!

12 comments:

Dordogne Clare said...

Never heard of Lemon Plums so can't help. Sorry. Love the teapot and the dish though and glad that the water business is slowly but surely sorting itself out.

I love HP7, but favourite is still HP3.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Haven't read HP7 yet. Love that photo with the egg plums, I've never heard of them but they sure are pretty!

Rose Marie said...

I've never heard of these plums, but I do freeze the black plums (just cut them in half and remove pit) and make something with them during the winter months.

Fiona said...

My nan had a tree of those plums - can't remember her ever cooking with them, we just ate them all up as they were!

Finn said...

Hi Sio, I'm not familiar with that type of plum either. Apparently you can't substitute one plum for another across the board quite as easily as apples??? I'm think plum sauce or jam might be a possibility. I've used wild plums here in WI for making cooked jam with excellent success. You almost need a tool to puree them however. You cook them skins, pits and all, and then put them through a sieve to remove the skin bits and pits. Works fine. Then you use the quite thick juice to make jam. If you strained it to get it clear you could make plum wine or jelly *VBS*
OK..I'll be quiet now..*G*
Marvelous picture by the way!
I've been in Dublin, loved Trinity College, didn't care for Guiness much. Hugs, Finn

Tazzie said...

The plums look wonderful. I had a look in my vintage Fowlers book and it mentions yellow plums - saying 'such fruits are splendid for jam making'.
I'm glad your Harry Potter book made it - it must have been a frustrating wait for you.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

San / Gypsy Quilter said...

Here's a thought:

http://www.pickyourown.org/apricotjam.htm

Dawn said...

Love your broom pencil! When I took just a first glance at the pic before I read the post I wondered if you had gotten a broom to ride away on! :)

That is one darn cute project!

Kairle said...

After reading the title of your post and then looking at the picture I still couldn't figure out where the plums were...all I saw were lemons. lol!

I've got plums growing on the tree in our backyard. I've not made plum jam in the four years that we have lived in this house, but I think this is the year!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

I liked the last book as well and your kids project is great. You should check out the tribute to Hedwig at the Cold Feel Quilter's blog. I was inspired to make a quilt for that book also, but, have sooo many other projects I must work on first.

slickquilter said...

Your plum is a Yellow Egg, a European hardy plum with lots of uses. I dehydrate halves, make fruit leather, a wonderful plum jam, a plum liqueur based on vodka (pretty color and unique taste), and just can them with a light sugar syrup any that are left after eating our fill.

slickquilter said...

Your plum is a Yellow Egg, a European hardy plum with lots of uses. I dehydrate halves, make fruit leather, a wonderful plum jam, a plum liqueur based on vodka (pretty color and unique taste), and just can them with a light sugar syrup any that are left after eating our fill.