Hethyr: I have always loved the scene in the original Willa Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie where Violet chews the gum containing an entire three-course dinner which, according to Wonka, isn’t yet ready for human consumption. She swells into a giant blueberry and has to be rolled away for the blueberry juice to be extracted so she doesn’t explode. Freakin’ hilarious.
|Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes|
with Blueberry-Lemon Syrup
Well, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve gotten to know how Violet felt. Jon and I bought 40 pints of blueberries during an incredible sale at Whole Foods. The one-day sale advertised organic blueberries for $1.99 per pint. Because I’m at Whole Foods at least a few times a week, I know that organic blueberries usually cost between $4.99 and $6.99 per pint, so this was an amazing sale. Of course, I made Jon tag along so we could carry twice as many. We managed to just fit 40 into two reusable grocery bags. Jon thought it was excessive at first, but when I mentioned that even a 12- to 16-ounce bag of frozen berries (which he often uses in smoothies) is usually $3.99, he was sold. And, as if $1.99 per pint wasn’t great enough, we bought so many that we got the 10% case discount so it ended up being $1.79 per pint. I was in heaven!
|Blueberry-Basil Vinegar: Day 1|
(it takes about 4 weeks)
Over the next few days, I froze most of the blueberries for later use and made several items using fresh berries including the Bluebarb June (my version of the Ruby June with the addition of crushed blueberries), Blueberry-Basil Ice Cream, Blueberry-Basil Vinegar (I’ll be taking this to a swap in the near-future!), Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry-Lemon Syrup and Blueberry-Brandy Reduction (to use on desserts or ice cream... I made this for last Sunday's community swap). Since then, Jon has been making some variation of a blueberry smoothie nearly every day and I’ve made Blueberry-Banana Bread which we’ll take with us camping this weekend.
One swap participant from last weekend made the following comment on Facebook regarding the Blueberry-Brandy Reduction: “…last night we had the Blueberry-Brandy Reduction over ice cream and strawberries-so delicious that when I spilled a glob on the kitchen counter I seriously had to stop myself from licking it up. :)” That definitely made me smile, although I’m not sure how she resisted – I’m sure I couldn’t have and I probably would’ve been caught in the act by Jon.
|A photo from Sunday's|
swap by my friend Kat
Makes 1 1/2 cups
- 4 cups fresh organic blueberries
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Zest from one lemon
1. In a saucepan, crush blueberries with potato masher.
2. Add remaining ingredients, stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced by half.
3. Cool, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove skin, seeds and zest. Drizzle over ice cream or other desserts.
Makes 1 loaf
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (1/2 teaspoon for high altitude)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine first three ingredients.
3. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients (butter through lemon juice).
4. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet, then carefully fold in blueberries. Pour into a greased 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan.
5. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve.
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|Hmm... that gigantic banana sure would make|
some fine smoov-eez...
The good news is that we bought so freakin’ many that we got an additional seven bucks off the order due to some sort of bulk purchase policy. Now we have a bunch of gallon-sized Ziplocs stuffed full of blueberries in our freezer. But you’re not getting any complaints from me about it. It guarantees that I’ll have smoothie material for the summer, and that’s a good thing.
Actually, what I make aren’t smoothies, they’re smoov-eez (patent pending). For those of you who have read this blog before, you may know that I recently received a new ass-kicking blender as a gift. This upgraded horsepower has improved the quality and frequency of my smoov-ee making. I’ll post the recipe for the one I made today. It’s pretty simple, but so am I…
Makes 2 servings
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 cup ice
1. Add all ingredients and blend.