bonne année

IMG_4202

In life we create these moments that we believe matter, marking the date, we celebrate, thinking that it will always be of some importance to us. We don’t think of what lies ahead, how life’s assurance to us is always going to be to change our course, and all of a sudden that moment, now holds far less value. All the sentiments surrounding the moment no longer exist.  The value of the date, the celebration, has no role anymore, and a vacant space is created, for a new story perhaps, or perhaps for no story at all. The date, becomes as it was before, and quietly you wonder to yourself why in a world where nothing is permanent or absolute, do we still insist on signifying such moments in the first place. In hindsight, it would seem for this particular moment a certain naivety had taken precedence over, her much higher wisdom.

individual sticky date puddings

IMG_6311 IMG_6203 IMG_6201 IMG_6212 IMG_6214 IMG_6204

IMG_6322 IMG_6314 IMG_6308 IMG_6316

STICKY DATE PUDDINGS

ingredients

210grams pitted dates,250mls water,1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda, 100grams butter softened,2 eggs,135grams brown sugar,1 cup SR flour

method

combine the dates and water in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes, turn off the heat and add the bicarbonate soda, stir through and put aside. in a kitchen mixer cream the butter and  sugar until soft and pale, add the eggs and flour and mix until combined. stir through the date mixture.  in a well greased muffin tray spoon in the mixture only filling 1/2 way to allow for rising. serve warm topped with the caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

CARAMEL SAUCE

ingredients

150grams butter,250ml cream,265grams brown sugar

method

combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. pour over puddings.