Friday, September 24, 2010

Surprise Produce and Plum Sauce

A few nights ago I picked up my camera to take some pictures while I was making dinner and realized I couldn't even remember the last time that I had photographed while I was cooking. (Although the bamboo spatula I set on fire a few months ago while photographing a saucy tomato experiment might think this is a good thing. . .). Needless to say the past month has been busy, but really who couldn't use that excuse?

A few things have changed in our kitchen since my last post, the biggest being the way we buy our produce. We recently joined a local organic produce food co-op called Abundant Harvest Organics. Each Saturday we pick up our box of produce for the week. Obviously this changes the way that I grocery shop- instead of shopping around the menu I've planned for the week, I now plan my menu around what's in the box. I'm enjoying the challenge!

Now, I know what some of you are thinking..."oh, their those kind of people (meanwhile picturing your classic Birkenstock wearing, Tom's of Maine toothpaste using, "earthy" person)." Now, I may or may not have used Tom's of Maine in my dental hygiene, and I may or may not have owned Birkenstocks...I make no promises. However, it's not just the fact that the food is organic that drew us in. We love knowing where our food came from and I just have to say that it has been the best produce we've ever had. All that and I really like the excitement of seeing what's in each box!

So whether or not you get excited about organic produce or not... I think you'll like this Plum Sauce recipe made from the plums in our box this week. And now that I have my camera back in hand (to the peril of all my cooking utensils), more recipes to come this week!

Plum Sauce (Great on Vanilla Ice Cream)

So when I saw the plums in this weeks box I had this hankering for ice cream with some sort of plum sauce. This is what I came up with and just typing it up makes me want to go make some more!

5 Tablespoons of water
3 Tablespoons of sugar
2 plums pitted and sliced

1. heat water to a boil and dissolve sugar in water.
2. Add plums and simmer until the plums soften and thick sauce begins to form.

3. Remove from heat and serve over ice cream. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Christy Twichell said...

I wondered if we had this option of a box of organic produce are brave! It sounds delicious, but I am not sure I am ready for more surprises :) When things seem a little more predictable, I am in! And the plum sauce over ice cream looks delicious!