Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We found out about a blueberry farm very near us this summer and we took advantage!  Here are the kids demonstrating their versions of proper berry picking technique.

T did well picking berries.  When I took this picture he'd left his bucket behind somewhere and was gathering fistfuls of berries.  He so reminded me of Little Sal--picking about 12 berries before tiring of that and humming to himself as he walked up and down the rows.  I wasn't sure if he was pretending to be a bee or a truck.  When Aunt D came to pick with us, he periodically stopped to pour his bucket of a few berries into hers.  One time when he noticed a few of her berries had lighter purple spots on them he solemnly reminded her in his low voice, "Just pick the blue ones."

K, meanwhile, danced from row to row, stopping to pick berries here, then there.  Her interest was in going around to each of us to see how many we each had picked, marveling at the quickly filling grown ups' buckets, and to tell us how many each person had.  Then she sat down to make up stories, her sing-song voice never stopping its chatter.

Then to make blueberry recipes!

Blueberry crisp, blueberry muffins, blueberry cornmeal pancakes, blueberries on our cereal, blueberry scones, and some berries frozen for winter.  I've collected lots of blueberry recipes, it was hard to choose.  Everything was delicious.  I think my favorite was

Mango-Blueberry Fool
serves 6
prep: 10 min.

1 (1lb) ripe mango, pitted, peeled & cut into chunks
1/4 C sugar, or to taste
2 T fresh lime juice, or to taste
1 C chilled heavy cream
1 1/2 C blueberries

Puree mango, sugar, lime juice and a pinch of salt in a blender until very smooth.  Add cream and blend until very thinck.  Blend in additional lime juice and sugar to taste.
Transfer to a bowl and fold in most of the blueberries, then divide among 6 glasses.  Top with remaining blueberries.  If desired, chill 30 min.

This was so good.  It was one of those desserts that just makes you feel happy and smiley when you've eaten it.

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