First off, happy New Year everybody, and secondly I’d like to update my whereabouts at the moment. I’ve taken a week holiday within my holiday session to camp in the beautiful outdoors with my second family. Technically they are my cousin’s cousins and auntie and uncle, but they are more like my second family (as I’ve said before). I only really see them about once or twice a year, but still I’d like to reinforce my point for the third time now that they are my second family. I’m camping with them in the most luxurious tent. The floors are covered with hand-woven grass carpets, but wait it gets better, I get to sleep in a two person bed for the first to time in my life. To be quite honest I actually prefer my single person bed at home and miss it dearly.
Thanks to the camping situation, I haven’t been on my cell phone for a few days now and it actually feels quite good. I’ve had the time to read a book (which has been so educational (I’m reading an old cookbook written in the 1940’s about local Cape Dutch food)), to swim a lot, to cook a lot and most of all to interact with my second family.
One would think that this would be enough to make one very happy, but not this one at least not completely. I am missing my blog very much. I decided to open my camera bag and create a new recipe. It was natural for me to make lollies simply because the temperatures have been so high here. So my second family and I took our bicycles and cycled to the shops to buy some ingredients. It was so real to experience the process from putting an effort into purchasing the ingredients to finally eating, rather sucking, and some sweet plum lollies. This has got to be one of my simplest recipes for the simple reason that I was able to make these lollies whilst camping (so you have no excuse not to make them). They are super delicious and are the summer version of poached fruit. It is the same process to make them but in the end the fruit is blitzed up and frozen. They are super delicious sweet and slightly spicy with the addition of cloves.
Makes 6 popsicles/ lollies
- 10 ripe plums
- 1 cup castor sugar
- 2 cups water
- 4 cloves
- 6 yogurt cups
- 6 ice cream sticks
Remove the pips from the plums and place into a large saucepan along with the remainder of the ingredients over a medium heat. Bring the mixture to the boil and then turn down the heat to a light simmer. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Once the mixture has cooled, strain it through a sift or colander. Pour equal amounts of the mixture into your yogurt cups and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes place the ice cream sticks into the lollies. Leave to freeze over night or for 12 hours.
To remove the lollies from their casing, dip them in hot water and pull out of the casing.