Sticky Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce

Sticky Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce
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sticky date pudding (via donna hay magazine)

2 1/2 cups (210g) chopped pitted dates
1 cup (250ml) boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
100g butter, chopped
3/4 cup (135g) brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (150g) self-raising (self-rising) flour

toffee sauce
150g butter (chopped)
1 cup single (pouring) cream
1 1/2 cups (265g) brown sugar

preheat oven to 180C (355F). Place the dates, water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Place the date mixture in the bowl of a food processor with the butter and sugar and process until just combined. Add the eggs and flour and process until just combined. Pour into a lightly greased tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Cut into squares.

To make toffee sauce, place butter, cream and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until butter is melted. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Spoon over puddings and top with cream.

Serves 6

I feel like I’ve crossed over to the dark side making something from a donna hay magazine… was very very tasty though and probably very very bad for us

white surfaces and dodgy laptop are probably also enough to make me cry… seems the white balance on this is off… and yet on the laptop it looked fine.

Date and Walnut Pie and Ice Cream

Date and Walnut Pie and Ice Cream
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Image by Kirti Poddar
Happiness – thats the place in downtown Mumbai. And happy I was with this delightful concoction.

Heavenly… I’d buy this on a date? Any takers?

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A date palm tree in Israel

A date palm tree in Israel
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Image by Ian W Scott
This date palm is growing on the site of ancient Ashkelon in Israel. Palms will not grow everywhere in the holy land, since they require a good water supply as well as intense light and heat. An Arab saying explains that date palms like to have their "feet in the water and their head in the fire." As a result they were relatively rare in the central hill country, and tended to thrive in the valleys of the Shephelah, around Jericho in the Jordan valley, and along the coastal plain.

Dates were an important, if secondary, part of the ancient diet in the Holy Land. They added an appealing sweetness to an otherwise bland diet, and they could be easily dried to supplement one’s diet through the winter. Dates could also be processed to produce a kind of "honey," a sweet syrup that was used to flavor other foods.

Date palm column

Date palm column
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From the Corazim synagogue: one of two columns that would have flanked the ark where the Torah scrolls were kept. The column is a pair of stylized date palms — which are not found around here. They are typical of desert oases but not of this richer, semi-arid site. I wonder if they were intended to evoke the Sinai Desert, where Moses received the Torah. The zigzag lines are highly stylized, yet an uncannily good evocation of the patterning on a real date palm’s trunk.

The rock here is basalt, very hard and difficult to work. Nevertheless, the synagogue was richly decorated with beautiful carvings. It dates from the early 4th century CE, with restoration work in the 6th (after an earthquake).

Date Nut Cookies

Date Nut Cookies
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1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
3 cups nuts, such as hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashew or walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
pinch of sea salt (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Place the nuts and seeds in a food processor or Vitamix and break down nuts into chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the nuts bind together with the sticky fruit. Process until you reach the desired consistency.

Date Masamune 伊達 政宗

Date Masamune 伊達 政宗
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A statue of the famous Sendai feudal lord, Date Masamune (1567-1636). This statue sits on the site of the Aoba Castle, which is no longer standing. Masamune was a powerful figure in Japanese history and with a bit of luck may have become the ruler of all Japan. Although he was an ally to the Tokugawa, many were cautious and feared his power. He is famous today for his appearance–specifically, his missing eye which was a result of smallpox. The missing eye caused some debate over whether he was fit to take over leadership of his clan. He is currently one of the villains in an NHK TV drama which received of on the highest ever TV ratings.

Aoba Castle. Sendai, Miyagi.