We were recently driving through Asquith when we noticed there were a few of those charming street stalls manned by local kids to sell local produce. There were two girls selling chokos and further down the street two boys selling eggs, tamarillos and limes. I love stopping and buying from them as I never had
the wont or opportunity to be this enterprising when I was young. We would have taken some pictures of their cute baskets with the handmade signs but there was a very nearby situation with some motorcycle riders being booked by a policeman which made for a very strange vibe and not one where one would feel comfortable whipping out a huge camera.
My husband loves these as they are but then again he eats raw tomatoes like fruit, which I've never been able to do. I need a bit more adulteration to my food than him so I sought a suitable compromise.
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Step 1 - Slowly beat the cream cheese and beat into the egg mixture.
Step 2 - Whip the cream and add the vanilla essence. Fold into the egg yolk mixture.
Step 3 - Trim the sponge cake or fingers to fit bowl or wine glass. Place one layer of sponge in the bottom. Cover with one third tamarillo pulp and one third cream mixture. Repeat layers twice then sprinkle the top with chocolate flakes. Chill before serving and preferably overnight to allow sponge finger biscuits to soften. You need only a couple of hours if using sponge cake.
1/2 cup caster sugar
4 whole cloves
1 vanilla bean, split in half, seeds scraped
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
Step 1 - Cut tamarillos in half lengthways, leaving 1cm at the stem end intact.
Step 2 - Combine sugar and water, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and star anise in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add tamarillo. Cook for 15 minutes. If you want to use half a tamarillo for garnish poach 4 halves for 2-3 minutes only-just enough time for it to become sweet with the syrup and the skin to slip off.
Step 3 - Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.