in swiss german, there is this wonderful word: zwetschge (right, try to spell that...;-) a zwetschge is a kind of plum, but not quite. it's darker in colour and not quite as sweet as plums can be. kinda acidic and woddy if this is a word you could use for a fruit.
all in all, a zwetschge is a wonderful little fruit, one i cant wait for at the market because it makes a wonderful tart and is queen fruit for a decent compote.
then zwetschge is - and now dont get me wrong - my favourite swearword for people. everybody uses the a-word. stupid cow is good, but i think there is just no such thing as a "du tummi zwetschge" (as: you stupid zwetschge). it's something we used very often when we were kids, back then when i grew up in the countryside. a couple of weeks ago i met people who grew up in the same area. and then somebody used the zwetschge-swearword. i couldnt stop laughing. it was just such a wonderful and honest word to hear - because it came straight from somebodys heart and we all could just sit there and laugh. you can get a girl out of the country, but not the country... . so i dont mind being a "tummi zwetschge" because a zwetschge is a wonderful fruit. and it just makes a kick-ass compote!
500g zwetschge (damson plums)
200g frozen raspberries
250ml / 1 cup water
1 stick of cinnamon
wash and halve the zwetschge / plums and remove the pits. bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium pan. add the plum slices and cinnamon stick, reduce heat and simmer for about 5-8 minutes. remove from the heat and add the raspberries. cover and let stand until it cooled to room-temperature.
serve with cake, icecream, plain yoghurt or rice pudding.
looking for more recipes using herbs, veggies and fruit? then head over to this weeks WHB, hosted by food blogga susan this week.