Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

Once there was an apple tree…

July 18, 2009

I took the plunge today & cut down my apple tree, all by myself!! It was surprisingly quick & I didn’t even get tired. I really wish I had a mulcher, even though I’d probably only use it once a year. Next job: dig up the nectarine & move it to near where the apple tree was. Still so much work to do but it’s getting there!

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First raspberry!!

December 13, 2008

Behold the first raspberry of the season!! It was actually a double one but it broke in half when I plucked it off the stem. I ate it straight away, and savoured the tart raspberry-ness for the first time since planting my garden in august.

Pomegranate jewels

December 11, 2008

Unfortunately I didn’t grow this delicious large pomegranate, but it was on sale for $2.50!! I gingerly broke it open today (you never know if it’s going to be rotten or completely unripe inside) and I was delighted to find perfect ruby-like fruitlets filling the tough outer skin. I managed not to burst any at all (I consider myself rather an expert when it comes to pomegranates) and I was left with a bowl of perfect pomegranate. Maybe when my own little pomegranate tree starts to bear fruit, I will give a little cutting tutorial. But when I was little, we used to just let them split open while hanging on the tree, then there was no guessing whether or not they are ripe (pity they can’t sell them at the supermarket like that). I think I will enjoy this with some yoghurt & nuts for dessert 🙂

Fluffy meringues and two fruit coulis

September 28, 2008

After yesterday’s “basics” post, I was feeling a little more adventurous today; and since I had to use up four egg whites leftover from making the custard, I couldn’t think of anything more perfect then meringues.

For the meringues:

4 egg whites

Pinch of salt

1 cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 teaspoons cornflour

Whipped cream, to serve

Fruit coulis, see below

Preheat oven to 120 degrees Celcius. Set up baking paper on two baking trays (just one if making a large pavlova base). Get all your ingredients ready beforehand so you don’t have to put your hand mixer down while whiping.

Put a pinch of salt into your egg whites and start whipping them up. When soft peaks form, start adding the sugar a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat until the mixture is really glossy & stiff. Lastly add the vinegar, vanilla & corn flour, beat on low speed to incorporate.

Spoon or pipe out ‘blobs’ of meringue onto the baking paper, and bake for an hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool inside with the door ajar. While waiting for them to cool, whip your cream & make the fruit coulis!

You will need:

250 grams of fruit (I made two batches, one strawberry & one mango, but be adventurous!)

1/4 cup icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

I used a blender for this, and just put the ingredients in and blended until smooth. If I was using raspberries or blackberries I would strain the seeds out but the strawberry seeds are so small.

Top your meringues with whipped cream and plenty of fruit coulis. Enjoy while thinking of summer days in the garden!