In keeping with the theme from the last post...here is more on berries!
Fortunately, I am blessed with an abundance of wild berries every summer. In fact, I've recently visited the berry patch, returning home with heaps of blueberries and raspberries. I enjoy eating many (maybe TOO many, lol) of the berries in their natural state, but I also get a thrill out of creating delicious desserts with these beauties.
I have patiently been waiting to make the peach cobbler from the Purely Delicious calender, since it was given to me at Christmas. I finally made the cobbler last week with some beautiful fresh peaches, and the addition of raspberries. Oooh yumm! Is this ever a great recipe. So fresh and juicy! Simply peel and thinly slice peaches, adding berries (if desired). In a food processor, blend some fresh pineapple, dates, honey or agave, vanilla, pinch of sea salt, and lemon juice - until smooth. Fold into the peaches. Now process until crumbly: 1 1/2 cups nuts (I used pecans and walnuts) with 1/4 cup medjool dates, 1 tsp coconut oil, and 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract. Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit. Eat it immediately or chill for a few hours to let the flavours marinate.
So back to the berry patch - I'd love to share with you, some pictures of what blueberry country looks like. This particular patch is almost an hour's drive from my house, but there are hundreds of spots - some closer, and some even further away. If you think it doesn't look like much, you're right! This is called a "cut over", where large plots of trees have been cut down (huge logging industry up here). The blueberries THRIVE in this sandy bedded environment!
Here's what a blueberry bush looks like - Aren't they gorgeous?! This year's crop is especially great, I think due to all the rain earlier this summer, and now the intense heat. By next weekend it should be absolutely insane berry picking!
I'm blissed out in the bluberries! You can get an idea of how big the bushes are. Pretty small! It's the squatting game the whole time, but some people bring little stools to sit on.
I was so inspired by the peach raspberry cobbler, that I decided to make a blue/raspberry crumble parfait. I layered the berries with a pecan/walnut/date crumble and a berry cream made of: blueberries, raspberries, mango, dates, walnuts, lemon juice, and agave.
Tonight I'll be searching out another spot and then it's back to the patch next weekend, for more picking to my heart's content 😀