ON THE FARM we have had a small but delicious harvest. The apricots started 2 weeks early, setting the tone for the rest of the season. Even after 16 years of farming at Tierhoek we have found no two seasons the same. Climate is the main influence for these seasonal changes and it 'keeps us on our toes' each year. The Apricotswere followed by fruit from our elderly Peach trees, then Plum Tomatoes, Plums, Shiraz grapes and now the fragrant Quince. Unfortunately the dry weather has brought more baboons into the valley searching for easy food so we have to regularly patrol the farm to keep them away from the fruit and from damaging the trees.
All our farm children did very well and progresed into their next grade at the start of 2015. Our eldest son finished his matric and is travelling and working in Europe this year before going onto study Engineering at UCT.
Tierhoek Cottages have been very busy and our guests have been enjoying the farm fresh eggs and upgrades to the walking routes that we have done. The views from the hills above Tierhoek are truly breathtaking.
GMO crops (Genetically Modified Organisms) are an emotional topic in farming. GMO crops have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using methods of Genetic Engineering. This is not the same as selective breeding which has occured in farming since it began. The primary aim was to make crops disease resistant however they have not been around for enough time to prove their long-term safety for consumption. Another issue to consider is that the seed of GMO crops, such as canola, corn and soya bean, are subject to intellectual property rights owned by the corporations who developed them - forever tying the farmer into a contract with the supplier, unable to save and re-use his own seed.
Certified Organic farming guarantees to be GMO free.
Set oven to 180C. Cream the butter and sugar together and add eggs one by one. Add flour and baking powder and mix well. Add milk and mix. (Alternatively put all of the above in food processor and mix well). Pour batter into large, greased pie dish. Arrange quince pices on top and bake for 50 minutes or until brown on top.
Sauce: Boil all the sauce ingredients together and pour evenly ove the pudding as soon as it comes ou of the oven.
Serve with cream or ice-cream
Recipe March 2015
Harvest Notes: We have just finished our Plum Tomatoes having had to share a few handfuls with the baboons. We are now picking the red Southern Belle Plums and our fragrantly delicious Quinces. We have also been pruning the apricot trees to shape them for next season.
IN THE KITCHEN.......
The kitchen team have been busy processing all the sun-ripened fresh fruit including Quince Jam - extra fruit and reduced sugar. We received organic onions to dry from the Drift Farm in Napier. They are delicious crumbled over salads, in sandwiches or to add to stews and potjies.
"It always seems impossible until it is done" Nelson Mandela