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Blame it on Mrs Bird aka @birdsinparadise, I'll tell you why!
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I was not going to do it, but then curiosity got the better of me!
You know the old saying Curiosity killed the cat!

I was just about to close my eyes last night but then my friend Gina who knows what goes on in everybody's life, decided to give me a call and tell me to go and see what my friend Mrs Bird has been up to!

You see, earlier that day Mrs Bird showed up at my house with all her plumage, in top form she was too, or shall I say in plum form she was.
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So I was a tad puzzled and very curious to see what Gina was talking about, and heaven forbid there it was; my absolute favourite teatime treat, my Gran's Jam Crumble Tart, except of course that was impossible, it was Mrs Bird's healthy Plum Jam Breakfast Bars!

Guess what I was dreaming about all last night?
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I got up at the crack of dawn; all your fault Mrs Bird!
So I raided the fridge before the sun even came up and took out every bottle of jam I could find - all the half empty ones.
I have a weakness for anything sweet and homemade, so whenever we go to craft shops, I always end up taking home a bottle of homemade jam, and the collection is getting bigger - I found Blueberry, Strawberry and whole Apricot Jam as well as a cup of Dates.
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The dates were quickly turned into a delicious filling by adding a little orange juice, xylitol and orange rind and boiling it up till it softened and became all mushy.
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You see, I have a diabetic hubby and have to make something for him as well - all those sugar laden jams will send his sugar levels to the moon and back! Of course he has to take care with the dates as well; but he can always give himself another shot of Insulin or wait till he has a hypoglycemic episode which does happen from time to time!
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I'm a horrible cruel wife putting all these temptations in front of him aren't I?
No worries, he has been taken care of with good healthy treats;)
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Remember the Cheese & Bacon Twists I made a while back? They freeze excellently so I just pop it into the microwave and voila, hubby's sorted!

Back to what I had been dreaming about all night - Mrs Bird's Plum Jam Breakfast Bars.

Butter was ice cold and impossible to work with, but no problem as I have my old friend Ella's Crumble Tart recipe which uses melted butter.

Crumble Tart Pastry recipe

  • 250 gram Butter melted
  • 100ml Sugar or Xylitol
  • 2ml Salt
  • 5 ml Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups Cake Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

Mix all wet ingredients together, then add the dry and mix till it forms a smooth ball.

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Place half the pastry into a baking pan and flatten with fingertips.
Top with Date filling and jams.
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I am nuts about coconut, so sprinkled the jams with coconut flakes, then crumbled remaining pastry over the top.
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Bake at 180C till a nice golden straw color, cut into fingers & leave to cool on wire racks.
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Now comes my dilemma; which one shall I try first?
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A Date finger, Blueberry, Strawberry or Apricot finger?
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I could always have one of each but goodness me then the old ADHD will surface again!
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Think I'll go for the Dates as this is my absolute favourite; but then so is Blueberry and Apricot AND Strawberry Jam!
I will just have to face the consequences.
See what you did Mrs Bird, but then I did not listen and follow your recipe, which would have been so much healthier and have left me feeling great; now I'm on a sugar high for the rest of the day and I only have myself to blame.
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Or shall I blame the guys from #foodfightfriday - @jlsplatts, @dandays and @idigk?

Sorry I'm really late to the party but Friday nights generally are the nights I'm totally pooped as we say goodbye to weekday guests and welcome weekend guests in our little Airbnb in between changing linen etc etc!

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OMG I haven't laughed like this in a long time, too precious my dear friend. Ding, ding you definitely win this week! I must say though my plumage is looking quite nice this morning, you captured an exquisite shot, my best side I see, lol Love, love this post and even more, you are so creative, four different types at once, ingenious! I'm sure your hubby was circiling the kitchen with all of these amazing fruity frangrances. Glad you made treats for him! Now who will you share all of these amazing treats with? Wish we lived closer, oh my what kind of tea party could we throw for our friends :) Cheers to a great weekend and fruit crumbles!! Plums, dates, blueberries, apricots and strawberries! Woohoo!!

Our friends have the most magnificent strelitzias so bring us some flowers every so often, it lasts for quite a while in a tall vase; ours does not have such big flowers.
LOL I could not resist that plum crumble of yours but we only have winter fruit at the moment so jams it was!
Oh boy, we would throw a tea party like no other;)
Thanks for the inspiration my friend, and for popping in:)

Look how you're blossoming now my friend @birdsinparadise;) I'm amazed at this flower still opening up after being cut!
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My, my @lizelle, this is truly a beautiful flower isn't it? They just make you so happy and greatful for natures artistry. We have them here as well, mine aren't flowering well so I need to research what to do. I have noticed cut flowers last so much longer in the tropics, they're resiliant aren't they? Thank you for sharing another shot of this beauty my sweet friend :)

this was such a fun read and as for what to pick first Icannot decide so I am going to take a strawberry and apricot one for myself LOL

Oh boy those jammy fingers are ever so tempting! Thanks for stopping by @tattoodjay;)

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always a pleasure to visit ;)

@lizelle
Your Food Fight Friday Contender has been entered into Round 57
May your contender make it out alive and not be placed in a permanent food coma!
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Good Luck
and
Have a
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Yay thank you, I'll be holding all my thumbs and toes:)

Oh man the kitchen just got exciting! Look at all of the gangsters in the same kitchen at the same time. Sure is cool to see you @lizelle—welcome to the mess.

Thank you so much for keeping the fff door open after hours @dandays;)
I see some really crazy stuff going on here, so glad to be part of it!

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Absolutely mouth watering, eye ball delicious looking, I want some NOW!
You out did yourself on this entry @lizelle. winner winner chicken dinner, no doubt. Congrats!

LOL thank you so very much for the fantabulous comments and the chuckle @farm-mom, :):)

Those look awesome! I will be trying this!

"Curiosity killed the cat!"

Amazing.!

LOL, thanks for popping in @idig:)

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Oh, my!!! These are terribly naughty, but nice!!! Speaking of sweet talking someone!!!

What a delightful treat!!!

Let's blame it on the Birds!!!

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LOL Mrs Bird always makes me hungry with her healthy treats;)
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Oh dear. That looks absolutely delicious! You always have the tastiest sounding recipes around and do such a good job of writing posts about how to make them. YUM! And I love a bird of paradise! I need to get a plant.

Thanks @apanamamama, how are you and baby doing? I must take a peek;)

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We are doing well. She's such a sweetheart! :)

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