Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Salvaged Fallen Mirabelle

I salvaged a basket of fallen Mirabelle yesterday at the side of a quiet country lane. As I arrived home I set to on the computer and totted up the numbers. I realised that there are still 96 more recipes to write up and 50 more to photograph. So there is still a long way to go. The deadline is December.

I am excited today, because I am going to Rococo in Weedon Northamptonshire, where Stephanie and her husband (I have yet to meet him) have a salvage yard. I’d like to have some pictures of one of the salad recipes on white washed aged floor boards. I know exactly what I want the photo to look like. I, or rather Bunny and I, will need to chop and saw and drill to get a small working floorboard prop for my mocked up studio in the lounge. I am however wondering how I am to get a reclaimed floor board back home in my car. There is a comedy moment looming. What treasure I will find .. and what fun.
In the mean time - I am about to cook a Mirabelle pie, as a thank you to Stephanie for allowing me to use her yard as a shoot location. These Mirabelle, rescued from the roadside,are so beautiful, bright, plump and shiny.. it almost..almost a shame to cook them.


  1. How appropriate salvaged fruit! The pie looks and smells delish, thank you, pudding tonight is sorted, Neville feels very short changed if they is nothing sweet after din-dins. Have fun with the timber, it was of course lovely to see you again, i wait with baited breath for the images, O'h a big P.S "i want your camera" Stephne x

  2. Thank you again. I hope the pie is delicious. I rattled off a few shots of the pie before I left the house with it.. I have yet to look at the shots but will check tonight .. so I hope they come out. Your shop is amazing as is the material and plates and wood you have lent me. It is just so wonderful! I can't wait to get cooking to use them in the next photo shoot. You know they may fetch double when my book is best seller!

  3. I've not heard of Mirabelle's before - they look like cherries - do they taste like them? I do love a good cherry pie with shortcrust pastry... never puff!

  4. They are a small plum. Sometimes called gypsy plums and are falling off trees all over the place here. (Northamptonshire UK.) The French grow them like we grow normal plums, and make a sweet jam with them. They also come in pink and yellow and are a little more intense in their flavour than a normal plum. They are well worth the effort of finding. If not then use normal plums in a recipe instead.


  5. Mirabelle's are great, you can also just scoff them if you can't wait for your chef to prepare them :)


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