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a delicious dose of inspiration

Things simple, sweet and warm move us on this cold, snowy day: a favorite poem, a beautiful photograph, and delicious poached plums.

This is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

-William Carlos Williams 


Image photographed by Grant Cornett for Gather Journal.

To feel warm and satiated in these frigid temps, we recommend a recipe for warmly served poached plums, via Gather Journal.


serves 6

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 firm plums, cut into wedges
  • 1

    Using a peeler, zest the lemon in strips. Add zest and all the remaining ingredients, except the plums to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer 5 minutes. Add the plums to the simmering liquid and poach, remaining at a very gentle simmer, until just tender but still keeping their shape, about 10 minutes.

  • 2

    Cool 20 minutes. Squeeze in juice from the lemon. Serve warm. Top, if you like, with Greek yogurt or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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  • Post author
    susan cannon