I was lucky enough to go on an Arvon Food Writing Course this summer in Devon during a warm, sunny September and had the time of my life. The other students came from all over the world and we had a wonderful time cooking together, learning about each others food and having a lot of fun as well as working hard.
This is a fantastic savoury/sweet dish for the end of a meal in which we used a local Devon cheese with blackberries and raspberries, but I’ve adapted it to use our local Stilton cheese with spiced plums. Its so good, and unusual, go on, try it!
Use about 2 lbs plums, and poach in some mulled wine with a few extra spices thrown in, I used some cloves, cinnamon and finely sliced stem ginger, also pouring a little of the ginger syrup in. Add some brown sugar and poach until the plums are cooked. carefully take the plums out and lay in a dish, then rapidly boil the spiced mulled wine until it is reduced to a thicker syrup.
Try and take the cloves out (!) then while it is still warm, put some plums and syrup into a flat bowl, and carefully lay a thin slice of Stilton over the top, so it begins to melt. The saltiness of the cheese with the sweetness of the plums is divine.
Fabulous for Christmas Lunch.