Stewed summer fruit is such a beautiful, simple dish in every way. Super quick and easy to make, and just so lovely; to look at, to smell, to eat. Have them plain, have them with coconut yoghurt or cream, or, if you eat oats, on your porridge. Stew them a little longer and make low/no sugar fridge jam… I just had to include this super simple recipe as I think it’s important to include such dishes when showing the variety of foods you can enjoy on a specialist diet or just a plant-based diet, and I love these photo’s so much! The fruit is just so beautiful, and they make you feel alive!
A Summer’s evening, back from a weekend walk, demands a pudding, and for me the simpler the better and stewed plums are one of my all-time favourite foods. They’re so beautiful to prepare, their colours, their delicious scent filling the house as the fruit warms and softens, and the taste that just lifts you up, and you know is so good for you. Raw plums are wonderful fruit to eat, and I know that is how nature intended, but for me when plums are stewed their flavour comes alive and they feel so fortifying and vital. You can use plums that are past their best but still good, and that’s even better as they are just too good to waste! They’re great fruit to freeze, and stewed plums are the ideal simple dish to make from frozen. I love the simplicity of stewed plums, they’re an easy and rewarding pudding. Add coconut cream or yoghurt, add vanilla, cinnamon or a peach into the stew. Or just have as is, and feel better for it, which is what a pudding should do, not leaving you feeling too full, or that it was too rich, but feeling nurtured, healthy and happy.
Personally, I really don’t mind the pips in things too much or maybe I’m lazy… this mix of fruits (bought frozen), blackberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries and blueberries, together do have pips, but if they’re a problem for you then sieve them out, or choose summer fruit that doesn’t have so many seeds, like strawberries, blueberries and plums.
My partner, Dan, and I are eagerly anticipating the late summer crop of blackberries… we’re getting married at the end of August, and as it’s been a rainy month and there’s little sign of blackberries ripening yet, we hope to come back to the bushes at the bottom of the garden laden with fruit, and to go on some wonderful fruit collecting rambles. (And to be able to buy a freezer big enough to put them in as opposed to the letterbox sized one we have now, please God!).
Now the countdown to the wedding has begun in earnest and I can no longer think to myself, it’s in over a month, there’s plenty of time to sort out those minor details that amount to A LOT. And when you’re living with health conditions, such as I am, it is so important to be organised and to reduce your stress levels. It’s a huge thing for me, in just about every way imaginable. We’ve been engaged for seven years or more (together for fourteen) and arranging a wedding (all be it a small affair) is something I only now feel able to achieve, health-wise, AND we’re doing the catering… just to make life easier for ourselves! Which as ever will mean me having to ask for help, trying to do things myself and pushing my hands too far.
But it means so much to me, to be able to share my food, at least in part as we’re not having all the food conforming to my dietary needs, but everything Dan and I make will be, and I will post pictures and recipes. I wish I could do everything and make it super-TRIPLE-amazing, but I can’t, so we’re keeping things simple, and I hope, lovely. And simple is a good thing I’ve come to realise. Simple wedding, small family party in the afternoon and then off to the North Norfolk coast for a few days before coming back home (to see the cat!) as Mr and Mrs.
it’s so exciting!
But back to the berries… it’s so nice to think that every year we’ll have our anniversary and picking blackberries will play a part (and eating them)… stewed summer fruit…. mmmm… they were so good, and symbolic to me in some way of life, and our life together, what we have, and what we want; wholesome, natural, honest simplicity ♥
And then on to Autumn evenings, stewed plums with a pinch of spice…
- 8 plums, any variety
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- 5 drops stevia
- 1/2 cup of water
- STEWED SUMMER FRUIT
- 2 cups of mixed summer fruit
- Dash of filtered water
- 10 drops of stevia
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
STEWED PLUMS: Wash and score the plums, halve or leave whole (I leave the stones in, but you can take them out if you prefer). Put the plums into a saucepan with the water, coconut sugar and stevia, bring to a simmer and turn down the heat, leaving the lid on. Leave for ten minutes, and when softened, take off the heat. Adjust the sweetness to your liking. I like the plums torte but with definite sweetness. You can smash them up a bit, or leave them halved or whole, as you like.
STEWED SUMMER FRUIT: Add the ingredients to a pan on a low heat and simmer until softened. Super simple stewed summer fruits to eat as they are, with yoghurt or coconut cream, with breakfast or as a fridge jam... so good... Make more, it keeps really well in the fridge.
You can sieve out the pips and make a smoother and more luxurious summer fruit compote, which would be lovely.
I think adding the coconut sugar really adds to the flavour, and that just stevia isn't quite right, coconut sugar is half the GI of conventional sugar, and packed with goodness.
Add vanilla, or cinnamon, for spice, and coconut yoghurt or cream, but I just love stewed plums as they are, they're glorious ♥