I need another weekend to get over this weekend.
Yesterday the lilly pilly tree was generously trimmed so that we could reach the fruit more easily next year. I made sure that every berry was picked off the branches before they were taken to the greens tip for mulching. We ended up with a whopping 5.3kg.
This was the beginning of the domino effect for the weekend.
I knew that there was no way I could deal with all of that fruit in one weekend so it would need to be frozen. To make room I would need to do something with a lot of the fruit I already had in the freezer. I found blueberries, nectarines, strawberries and peeled bananas.
Luckily I had seen a great Blueberry Frangipani recipe on Friday so that was the first bake of the day.
Now on to finding something to use up the nectarines. After a bit of searching I came across this divine Nectarine Cake.
Smells amazing. Tastes incredible. The only problem was that it didn't use enough nectarines.
Off to find one more option. Donna Hay can always be relied on to help out in a predicament like this. Her Nectarine and Blueberry Slice was the perfect way to end a morning of baking. I did change it a little by using only half the sugar prescribed. Also I added more nectarines just after the beating of the eggs so that there was fruit through the slice as well as on top.
All were received rather enthusiastically by the family so all worthwhile. I now also have room in the freezer to pack the lilly pillies.
There was also a little time to head out and do some trans-planting for Sow. Give. Grow.
After being inspired by Gavin and Gooseberry Jam, I thought I should stop paying for Maggie Beer's retirement and have a go at making some Quince Paste myself. It is on the stove as I type and is looking and smelling delicious.
Now for a giveaway. I have talked about Michael Pollan before and his great little easy read, Food Rules. So much of it is common sense but it was a great book to show the kiddos. They got quite a bit out of it and I still hear them remind each other of some of the rules.
If you would like to go into the draw for a copy, leave a comment on this post by Sunday 22 May. Hopefully some of those lovely little 'lurkers' will join in and say hello.
Hope you all had a great weekend.