At the weekend, with other willing volunteers, I had a great time helping Elizabeth of Capability Browns, prepare for her upcoming Food Champion exhibitor stand at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland (held at the SECC in Glasgow on 17-19 Oct). Being a regular customer at Elizabeth’s other venture – The Wee Croft Shop – and a follower of her Facebook page, I was aware of her being busy – making over 500 Plum Duffs in the last few months.
Somewhat in texture like a Christmas pudding, a plum duff contains no plums (as dried fruit such as raisins and sultanas used to collectively be known as plums). Brandy is traditionally used in a Christmas pudding, but Elizabeth’s plum duffs contain rum, brandy and spiced rum! Elizabeth has three flavours – extra mature traditional, wild Highland berry, and chocolate with homemade marmalade. We’ve already ordered our plum duff for Christmas!
Elizabeth had made all the Plum Duffs over the last few months, so our job today was to package them up ready for the exhibitor stand. We wrapped the duffs, secured with ribbon and added a wee card listing some information and the ingredients.
We were paid very kindly for our time by way of a yummy lunch (or breakfast of cinnamon buns if you were there earlier in the day) of spicy lentil soup and homemade foccacia, followed by tea and either pumpkin pie or bakewell tart (and goodie bags including more of the same, and a bottle of fizz!). Not a bad way of being rewarded for an enjoyable Sunday chatting and wrapping away!
This post isn’t sponsored – I’m (and Mr B too) just a big fan of Elizabeth’s work as it’s great to support small local businesses! If you are heading to the SECC for the show, I’d recommend buying one of the Plum Duffs!