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Black Plum Bread Pudding

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Plums

Plums

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5  Reasons We Love Plums
By Erika Freeman
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1. “Plum” is often used to describe a deep purple hue, but in fact plums come in a wide spectrum of colors, such as black, yellow, red, pink, even green.
2. Dark plums (purple, black) are full of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that give them their color and are associated with helping to keep the heart healthy and the brain sharp.
3. Without the plum, we wouldn’t have prunes! Oh, but excuse us, we call them “dried plums” now. (In 2000, the prune was renamed to make it easier to market—apparently prunes’ reputation as a fruit to keep you regular was no longer a selling point.)
4. They have an au naturel protection; called a “bloom,” it’s a natural wax coating the fruit produces to keep its skin from losing water. Look for the whitish-silvery bloom: it’s also a sign a plum hasn’t been over-handled.
5. This juicy sweet treat has only about 36 calories.
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This plum bread pudding was the glorious end to a great meal I had with my friends Laura, Fernando and André at my house the other day.
It was the first multi- course dinner I hosted at home in four years and it reminded me how much I miss these gatherings with great food, drink and company that were so common and frequent at the homes Maria’s and I shared for so many years in times past. Happy dinner parties were the highlights of our social life when she was still alive and sometimes I miss them, along with so many other things we shared.
Although Maria was not physically present at this dinner, her spirit was with us and so it was only the second social gathering I was happy at since her passing.
(Xmas dinner at Dieters and Chachas house being the only other occasion) 🙂
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So, while the seafood salad, tenderloin steak, flat iron steak, teriyaki cauliflower and tomato/garlic pasta were delicious, the highlight was the dessert in the form of this black plum pudding.
Plums are wonderful to prepare cakes and tatin’s with, superb for marmalade and compote and, as you can see below, just perfect for bread pudding.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Bread And Black Plum Pudding

Bread And Black Plum Pudding

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Bread And Black Plum Pudding

Bread And Black Plum Pudding

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Bread And Black Plum Pudding

Bread And Black Plum Pudding

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Preparation :
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Vanilla Pudding Chock-Full With Berries

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Ever  since I have started to eat healthier, my sweet tooth has suffered.
I had no problem giving up alcohol and I had no problem to stop smoking, but giving up on cake and patisserie remains a daily challenge, I miss my sweet’s terribly.
I am eating and enjoying a ton of fruits, but sometimes that just does not do the trick. I am a fairly good cook but a lousy patissier, so my sugar-free desserts are a bit lacking in finesse and variety.
Having said that, I DO have a few great options for sugar-free or at least refined-sugar free desserts. The following is one of my favorites because of its creaminess and richness.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Sweet ! (Sometimes)
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Vanilla Pudding Chuckfull With Berries

Vanilla Pudding Chock-Full With Berries

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Vanilla Pudding Chuckfull With Berries

Vanilla Pudding Chock-Full With Berries

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Preparation :
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  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
    lots of fresh, washed and dried berries

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Freeze Your Bananas !!!

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 of my favorite fruits are bananas. So, me being me, every time I buy a bunch, without fail I buy too many. In the past, I discarded them once they had too many brown spots – until I started to become a fan of smoothies.
At first, I made my smoothies like I’ve seen them being made in bars around the world: Some fruit, lots of ice, milk, lots of sugar. Wonderful concoction if you are young, healthy, slim and have a smoothie once in a while. However, if you drink a lot of the stuff you will soon realize that after standing at room temperature for a short time, all that ice will melt and you have a very watered-down mess in your glass. Also, all that sugar and full-fat milk is fattening and can be harmful if you are a bit overweight (HELLO) and a diabetic (HELLO AGAIN).
In order to remedy all that , here is my recipe for a guilt free, delicious sweet treat / great drink, which can be had any time of day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner or as a sweet treat / dessert in between or after meals:

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Freeze any fruit that is on the verge of becoming overripe in airtight ziplock bags. This will save you money and it eliminates the need to add ice to your smoothie, keeping it from watering down.
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Instead of full-fat milk, use fat-free milk.
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Instead of sugar or artificial sweetener, use natural honey or fruit nectar (frozen into cubes) as sweetener.
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For extra body, add fat free Greek yogurt.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Guilt Free Sweet Pleasure: Banana / Strawberry  Smoothie

Guilt Free Sweet Pleasure:      Banana / Strawberry Smoothie

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

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I woke  up this morning with a huge craving for fruits and sweets.
Found the perfect ingredients in the fridge and cupboard. Lucky me.
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(Of course, this would also serve, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert) 🙂
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Happy Sunday !   Life is Good !
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

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plum

plum

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plum & banana

plum & banana

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plum, banana & cantaloupe

plum, banana & cantaloupe

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plum, banana, cantaloupe & raspberry

plum, banana, cantaloupe & raspberry

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plum, banana, cantaloupe, raspberry & strawberry

plum, banana, cantaloupe, raspberry & strawberry

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plum, banana, cantaloupe, raspberry, strawberry, strawberry yogurt, whipped cream, cinnamon & milk

plum, banana, cantaloupe, raspberry, strawberry, strawberry yogurt, whipped cream, cinnamon & milk

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 40 – Fruit & Dairy

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” Just A Pretty Picture ” Vanilla Ice Cream & Fresh Berries

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It does not always have to be ‘Food Porn ” to get me visually excited about  a dish.
Last night I had a simple dessert of vanilla ice cream I made a few day’s ago,
together with some fresh berries and – voila, great dessert, even greater pictures.
Sometimes, the simple things in live……….  🙂

Life is Good !
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Vanilla Ice Cream & Fresh Berries 1

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Vanilla Ice Cream & Fresh Berries 2

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” Nutella & Banana Ice Cream “

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Here is the world’s easiest and arguably best ice cream  :
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Ingredients :

Nutella,                   2 cups
Yoghurt,                  1 cup
Milk,                        2 cups
Sugar,                      1/4  cup
Vanilla extract,     1/4 tspn
Lime juice,              1 tspn
Banana,                   1 ea, finely diced

Method :

Whisk all ingredients except banana until smooth.
Transfer to ice cream maker, add banana.
Churn until starting to get firm.
Transfer to airtight container, cover, freeze overnight.

I know this might seem simplistic and unsophisticated to some foodies
and professional chef”s, but believe me, this stuff is so rich and tasty,
it put’s many a sophisticated ice cream to shame     🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Jelly – Filled Bismarck’s With Fresh Fruit

Last night’s dessert :
Jelly filled Bismarcks with fresh fruits.
Good eat’n     🙂

” Strawberry & Banana Ice Cream Sandwich “

Today when I went into the station to pay for my gas I grabbed an ice cream sandwich because the picture on the outside looked so delicious. I had not have one since years and I remember the great ones back home in Germany, creamy on the inside and  CRISPY waffles on the outside. Much to my dismay, what I got today was a soft, sticky tasteless sandwich,  just horrendous.
So I went home and made my own ice cream sandwich. Easy and very delicious.
The secret is to freeze the cookies for a couple of hours before adding the ice cream Today I made Strawberry & Banana, then after you add the ice cream between the cookies, freeze them again to make sure the cookies don’t become soggy.
Bon Appetit !