Whisper, because I know that summer drawing to an end is a sore point for many of us, but are you feeling a hint of Autumn in the air? Something to do with the imperceptibly darker mornings and evenings, or the plums, or some of my blog-chums in the USA heading back to school.
Part of me rails pointlessly against it, and the other welcomes it with open arms. Not that I'm a Summer-hater, just that anything new always seems exciting to me and that includes the advent of each and every new season.
So I have two new (to me) things to share with you, the first being Plum Crisp. Because I have no power to resist a punnet of juicy oozy purple plums from the farm shop. But also no self restraint, which involves snacking on too many at a time. So part of the punnet needed to be cooked. I turned to Nigel Slater (my guru in all things pudding) and in The Kitchen Diaries, there were two plum contenders - a cake and a crisp.
The crisp won. Though Gina made the cake this weekend, I note. It's almost a plum crumble, but the crumbly bit is made with white breadcrumbs and melted butter.
It's good and it uses up stale white bread, which is an added bonus. I have a guilt complex about throwing away bits of the old loaf when we start a new one. Mr Slater's recipe for it is here.
The other new thing on my horizon, concerns Google Reader. I love and am frustrated by my reader in equal measure. It's unread posts mock me when I am busy, making me feel guilty. But there is no way I could keep up with the blogs I like to read without one. But lo, the holy grail. You can get a 'next' button for Google Reader, which takes you to the actual post of the next unread entry in your list.
How much easier to comment, and far nicer to read the posts in their home context. I am a fan. And there's a tutorial here which explains how to do it way way better than I can. You've got to love a new bit of gadgetry now and then.