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Food , Fire and Fun

July 13, 2016



Food , fire and fun- now that just about sums up winter really. Not so much fun outdoors at the moment but there’s a lot to be said for good food, a roaring fire and a rousing bout of Settlers of Catan board game. When the cold sets in we all seek comfort in different things, for us it is food, a warm fire and some much needed rest and family time. Life gets so busy over the spring and summer and even into the autumn with farm chores that we are all out till late at night with different activities. Winter is that time to slow down, the garden is quiet and resting for the spring season, the cows are quietly waiting to calve and night closes in quickly.


Food during the winter often consists of warming stews and soups and puddings made with the preserves put away during the spring and summer. Mr Butler loves anything with the preserved Black Doris Plums. One of his favourites is Plum Clafouti, I use Donna Hays recipe:

Plum Clafouti, Donna Hay, “Modern Classic 2”

  • Butter, softened for greasing
  • Caster sugar for dusting
  • 7 Blood plums about 700g,halved and stoned ( I use preserved plums)
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Cream
  • 3 eggs
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease an 8 cup ovenproof dish with butter and dust with sugar. Place the plums in the dish, cut-side up. Place the flour, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Add the cream and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture around the plums in the dish and bake for 35-40min or until the pudding is puffed and golden. Serve hot with more cream or ice cream.

Golden Clafouti fresh out of the oven.

I think food is so important for both nourishing the body and feeding the soul. Winter can be a dreary, depressing and miserable time of year and food can both warm our bodies and cheer our souls. I love to feed my family both nourishing food and things that make them smile. A plate full of cookies , their favourite cake or a warming tasty stew.

What are some of your favourite things to do to see the winter out?

Now I realise that is has been quite some time since my last post. Unfortunately rural technology is not all that reliable and we have been without internet for nearly a year. But hooray for advancement, we have just been able to connect again.


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