This are the fruits of the day off! Sometimes it has its merits to do nothing except for trying to recover from doing nothing at all. When we left Burg Kreuzenstein, I didn’t drive straight home. We visited some archaeological highlights nearby – but this will be another story to tell. So, in the end we were in the middle in nowhere, which comes easy in Austria. Austria itself is the middle of nowhere, although our politicians believe Austria would be the navel of the world. At least we gain a lot of unwanted attention, because of the bad behavior of our politicians in Brussels and touristic attention, because of this odd Empress Sisi back in the 19th century. Bad or odd – somehow Austria is becoming more and more like this saying about a rock and a hard place.
But back to the middle of nowhere, which was this time a field path – this new car is beginning to show it’s qualities! When we came back from our cricket adventure, I saw a Kriechenpflaume (in Austria called Kriecherl), which is possibly called a damson plum in English. This very natural sort of plums are tiny (1.5-3 cm) and round. Ripe, they will become yellow (which is caused by some sort of albinism) or dark blue/dark red. Usually it’s used for producing sweet liquor or strong schnapps. They are very tasty – yes, the alcoholic products too, but I’m talking about the fruits. We harvested some of the fruits. At least we helped the little tree, who was almost breaking down under the weight of all its fruits.
I already used them for an ingredient in an greek farmers salad. I also produced popsicles:
- 125 ml whipped cream (stir it not too long, it should be still soft)
- 1-2 (or more, if you are a sweetthooth) tablespoons of Sugar (I prefer cane sugar)
- Maybe 10-15 fruits (= a handful)
- A little bit milk or yogurt
Clean the fruits, extract the small stones. Use a hand blender to mince the fruits. Mix the sugar with a little bit of cinnamon and afterwards with the fruits. Mix it until the sugar has blended in. Add the whipped cream and stir carefully. Make it a little bit more smooth with some milk or yogurt. Fill it in popsicle forms and store it in the freezer for a couple of hours. If you want to have a chocolate cover. Melt bitter chocolate. Dip the frozen ice for a moment into the chocolate – maybe you have to freeze it one more time for five to ten minutes.
Should be enough for six popsicles.