FOOD & DRINK: Chef Who Relishes Summer Fruit Glut; There Is Nothing Nicer Than Receiving a Glut of Seasonal Fruit and Making a Delicious Batch of Goodies. Chef PATRICIA PLUNKETT Reveals Her Favourite Plum Recipes

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FOOD & DRINK: Chef Who Relishes Summer Fruit Glut; There Is Nothing Nicer Than Receiving a Glut of Seasonal Fruit and Making a Delicious Batch of Goodies. Chef PATRICIA PLUNKETT Reveals Her Favourite Plum Recipes


Byline: PATRICIA PLUNKETT

Patricia Plunkett, chef patron of Liaison restaurant in Hall Green, Birmingham, loves cooking with seasonal produce - and eagerly awaits the start of the plum harvest.

Patricia says: "There are many varieties of plums and some are better in certain recipes than others.

"The most popular cooking variety would be both the Victoria and Czar.

It is best to buy them slightly under-ripe - and if you have any leftover, that's what the kitchen window ledge is for.

"There's an old saying that is a plum is rarely worth eating until you have to shoo the wasps away with a tea towel."

Chicken breasts in plum sauce with rosemary and almonds

Serves 4

4 corn fed chicken breasts

1 onion, chopped

1 leek, chopped

2 tbsp oil

300ml chicken stock

Small glass of white wine

50g almonds

Juice of 1 orange

3 sprigs rosemary

200ml single cream

6 plums, halved and stoned

Saute chopped onions and leeks in oil, add stock, orange juice and wine, reduce by 1/3, add plums and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the cream, rosemary and almonds and simmer gently.

Pan-fry chicken breasts until golden brown, add sauce and cook for a further ve minutes. Serve with new potatoes and a selection of our summer's best vegetables.

The sauce recipe can be used with salmon, trout or cod. Cooking time for the sh will vary slightly. Also a good idea is to add the sauce with quail and casserole for 20 minutes.

Elderberry wine and plum charlotte

Serves 4

12 slices white bread, shaped

to t 4 ramekins

Soft butter for spreading

40g butter

75g caster sugar

150ml elderberry wine

1/2 kilo plums (preferable yellow

variety)

25g toasted toasted hazelnuts

Cook plums in elderberry wine until soft. …

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