Norfolk: Roadtrip for plums plus Fakenham and cake!

Having cooked and eaten spiced plums* yesterday we were keen to buy some more plums!  A few years ago we bought some at Plumbe & Maufe so after checking their website that's where we headed. We left with a punnet of Victorias (top) and Anna Spath (bottom) and plums (like runner beans) are late this year. Lucky us!


Then we headed up the coast, the plan was to stop in Wells and have a wander round, but as we got there the rain got heavier so we carried on to Fakenham. We'd not been there before, and although it had some lovely old, characterful buildings there wasn't much else there apart from some superstores, pound shops and cash converters. Walking around the town we spotted this odd sign:


I wonder if they get many takers for cold Chinese?  Anyway, back in the car we headed to Walsingham and stopped off at the barns for a mooch around the studio, carpet shop and a bit of cake. Today's cake was chocolate, beetroot and coffee (top) for MOH and chocolate fudge cake for me. Yum!


Tomorrow the plan is to walk to the pub for lunch - such a tough life!

*My Recipe for Spiced Plums
I'm sure there are many similar to this, and many variations but this is the one from last night
110g caster sugar
100g water
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1tsp vanilla extract
400g plums and damsons (whole)

1. Put the sugar, water and spices into a saucepan and stir until the sugar has dissolved. 
2. Add the plums and damsons and bring to the boil. 
3. Lower the heat, scrunch up a piece of baking parchment (or greaseproof paper). Unscrunch it and use it to cover the fruit and syrup. Cook until the fruit is tender. 
4. Cool and eat, watching out for the stones!  Good with Greek yogurt or ice cream (and MOH recommends some muesli sprinkled on the top!)