De Oude Huize Yard is a Historical Bed and Breakfast in Harrismith. We do the slow dance and love Stoepstories and Country living. It is also our NEST and was built in 1860 and steeped in history. We love great food and prepare food from local produce
While writing this page the plum relish is gently boiling on the stove.
I have used 7 cups of plums, halved and the stones removed. But then it seems as if the halves looked a bit big so I quartered it.
2 cups of water
2 cups of vinegar (preferably white to keep the colour)
2 cups of treacle sugar (brown sugar will also do)
About 3 tablespoons of preserved ginger, chopped and then add some of the sugary syrup.
3 tablespoons of last year's plum liqueur.
Bring very thing to a bubbly boil and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Add plums and boil gently till liquid is reduced by halve.
Bottle as usual.
Regarding the Plum pudding. It is a steamed or boiled pudding served at holiday times. Plum pudding has never contained plums. The name Christmas pudding is first recorded in 1858 in a novel by Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire novel Doctor Thorne.
Our Christmas was never a
Christmas tree and Christmas cracker affair. We prefer to celebrate the Season
of Joy. Joy for the forgiveness and release from our Sin, Joy for the chance of
a life without war and generally Joy for being able to live a relatively
Grandma Hester Fincham
If the celebration was held at
Granny Fincham, the table would be laid with a damask cloth and silver and we
would have venison and wild bird.There
would always be baked potatoes – a la Fincham. Dessert was thick custard – the
original home made custard, definitely not box custard. This would be served with
bottled peaches which would be given a quick turn on the griddle pan and
accompanied by a cognac sauce which as children we were allowed only a little
of. In my grandmother's home a Plum alias Christmas Pudding was also known as a ticky pudding. (Named after the ticky coin that was steamed with the pudding)
So why is a Plum Pudding called Plum Pudding when there are no plums in it?
In the 17th century, plums referred to raisins or other fruits. Plumb is another spelling of plum. Prune is actually derived from the same word as plum - the Latin word was pruna, which changed in the Germanic languages into pluma. But the terms were quite confused in the 16th and 17th centuries and people talked about growing prunes in their garden.