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A Gift of Adventure and A Plum Pudding

Christmas was simple, small, and quiet for us this year, and that’s just what we needed. We rested and napped, read books and watched way too many episodes of “Arrow”, ate good leftovers and favorite desserts, and enjoyed not having to go anywhere or do anything.

Bear surprised me with two swords of my very own, beautifully strong but light enough for my non-bloke-y self to wield. I’m excited to start practicing with him and our Blackwolf medieval friends in January.

The other pressie from Bear delighted me no end: an adventure.

As you know, travel is very important to me, one of the great delights of my life. But since moving to Australia it has moved to the back burner for a variety of reasons, among them, poor health, visa requirements, and responsibilities on our beloved but time-consuming farm.

But this weekend I get to go traveling again, on a Girls Only Aussie Road Trip with my dear friend Sue. Bear thought I might be disappointed that his gift wasn’t something I could hang onto, but I laughed and assured him that adventure was the very best thing he could give me.

I worked hard this week to get all my projects and writing assignments completed before I left, and the rest of my work I can do remotely on the road. I have stacks and lists everywhere and I’m getting so excited!!

This afternoon Sue and I are packing her van with camping gear, good food, and stacks of books, and tomorrow we drive north. We’re heading for the Bunya Mountains where we plan to relax our little hearts out, cook simply over a gas burner, hike in the bush, and sit around camp reading and chatting and snoozing. We will stop at other places along the way, ending in Biloela where we’ll spend New Year’s Eve with Sue’s good friends from England. Then we’ll mosey on back, stopping wherever takes our fancy. I cannot wait.

But this morning it’s all about getting ready to leave. There are gardens to be watered, newborn chicks to be checked on, house to tidy, food to organize, bags to pack, and a Bear to hug often to make up for a week apart.

My gardens are going beautifully and will supply Bear with tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, greens, and carrots while I’m away. On Christmas Eve my artichokes bloomed. Aren’t they stunning?!

artichoke flower

 

They’re like something magical out of a fairytale or a Dr. Seuss book, and I love them.

Today we’re also finishing off the last of the plum pudding I made Bear for Christmas. Made with crumbed oats, sago pearls, and dried fruit soaked in spiced rum, it is moist and flavorful, delicious served with a generous drizzle of cold cream.

Wishing you all a relaxing holiday and beautiful New Year with people you love and who love you in return. xo

Sago Plum Pudding

4 Tbsp sago pearls
1 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups oats, blized in food processor until crumbs
1 1/2 cups dried fruit
1/2 cup spiced rum
2 eggs, whisked lightly
1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Combine sago pearls and milk and leave to soak for 1 hour.
  2. Combine dried fruit and spiced rum and leave to soak for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in baking soda until dissolved.
  4. Combine with remaining ingredients and stir until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Pour into greased pudding pot, cover with baking paper, and secure lid.
  6. Place in large pot, fill with boiling water to halfway up pudding pot, cover, place on medium-high heat and simmer for 3-4 hours. Make sure to check water level regularly so it doesn’t boil dry. Add more boiling water as needed.
  7. Carefully remove pudding from steam bath, remove lid and baking paper and loosen pudding from the pot with plastic spatula. Invert onto serving platter and decorate as you wish.
  8. Serve warm with cream.



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budget jan - That is an unusual plum pudding recipe Krista. An Adventure must be THE BEST Christmas Present ever. Enjoy it.

Krista - It sure is unusual, Jan, but really, really good. My Aussie friend shared the recipe with me and it’s now a favorite at our house. Especially since it only takes a day to make. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - I love the presentation of your pudding. Your Christmas sounds very relaxing. How lovely to be going away with a special friend. I hope you have a wonderful time xx

Adri - It sounds like life is treating you well. I am glad to hear you had a peaceful Christmas. Sometimes that is exactly what we need. Ours too was quiet, small, and simple. In short, it was perfect. What fun – a girl’s travel adventure. Have a great time, and let’s hear all about it! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - We had a similar pudding for Christmas! So strange that. Hope you have a great adventure 🙂

Anna @ shenANNAgans - Happy adventuring beautiful lady! And I agree, the gift of a trip with loved ones is the very best kinda gift. Enjoy my friend, and I wish you a fun filled New Year. Not much happening in my world, but quietly…. that is the most wonderful thing, the time out from life is so healing. Biiiiiiig squishy hugs if I don’t speak with you again in 2015. I cannot wait to follow your journey through 2016, maybe I will get to finally get to enjoy a cuppa and cake with you. xox

Coffee and Crumpets - Oh what fun! An adventure….there’s nothing better. Travelling is such a part of me as well and like you we have been tethered here. We explore the States but foreign travel has eluded us for a while.
Your trip sounds so much fun and what a way to bring in the New Year.
The plum pudding sounds delicious too!

Happy New Year Krista!!

Nazneen xx

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - Happy New Year! I smile at the thought of you camping, laughing, hiking, reading and relaxing. Just the perfect gift from a man who loves you to the moon and back.

Have fun!

Emma - Wow! That pudding sounds amazing! The gift of travel has to be one of the best gifts out there, nobody can buy you memories! Hope you had a great time, and a good New Year! 🙂

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