Contrasts make for beautiful food, giving the cook a chance to be an artist as they arrange the plate. That was the reason behind me first creating this rich red relish to go with chicken or white fish, as a pairing for the Little Penguin Shiraz. As it happened, the deep, jammy Shiraz also accentuates the flavor of the plums to make the perfect pairing for a moist mild cut of meat.
A shrub is a fantastic way to preserve fruit at the peak of its season so that it can be enjoyed in the months to come. Get inspired by seeing what's available at your local farmer's market. This time of year in the Bay Area, there are myriad varieties of small plums available that are perfect for pies and jams, and especially shrubs. Watch how this cocktail is made HERE.
This simple galette takes advantage of the last of the summer stone fruit. Combining plums and peaches, the beauty of the galette is in the ease of making it. The more handcrafted and rustic it is, the more elegant it looks when you serve it!
So often, plums are paired with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. While those are entirely delicious couplings, consider branching out and spiking your plums with cardamom this summer. Using in small amounts, it gives the plums fragrance and subtle flavor. It is certain to become both a ready favorite for gift giving and your morning toast.
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