Harvest time!! Blackberry picking was a success and our zucchini was ready to be eaten. Food is cool.
I was hard at work writing my third paper of the weekend while the husband slaved over the stove making us delicious blueberry pancakes ! We used our favorite whole grain mix, which I love because it has cornmeal in it for lots of texture: Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Buttermilk . Plus a handful of fresh blueberries.
I topped mine with a bit of Smart Balance and of course had some maple syrup on the side -
Along with a slice of honeydew -
Hunting + Gathering
After digestion and more studying, we set out for our old neighborhood for a run and some blackberry picking . We went there a few weeks ago and they weren’t ripe, so since the ones near our house have ripened we figured these would be ready too. After 4.5 miles of running in the hot sun, we walked another mile or so and there were NO berries ! They were either unripe, dried and dead, or picked. We headed home with only about a cup.
But then the husband suggested we try the bushes by in our new neighborhood and sure enough, we found TONS of them hidden down the hill. It was dirty and hot, but we came home with over two pounds!!! (Sorry Maran, we picked them all!)
Take that $3.99 a pint!
The husband recently read in Cooks Illustrated a technique to preserve berries: soak them for a few minutes in a 1:3 ratio of white wine or cider vinegar to water. Then rinse and pat dry. Supposedly the acidity of the vinegar discourages bacteria growth. I hope it works because I HATE washing berries right before I need them and dirtying the colander 10x a day.
While we were on the hunt for food, we decided it was time to pick our first zucchini ! The bush is HUGE! We grew this guy from a tiny seed. Amazing. Last year the deer ate our plants, but we’ve invested in some ‘Deer Be Gone’ stuff from Lowes that seems to be working (knock on wood).
Here they are! (Note: Those of you with dirty minds, this is the only shape they come in!!)
It did taste a little different. Maybe more metallic or something? But certainly perfectly ripe and fresh.
Berry picking pushed lunch back to around 2pm. Amazing how long breakfast lasts when you’re busy having fun.
I made a Ham + Cheddar + Pickle panini on a TJ’s frozen whole wheat bun . These do freeze really well.
Plus Tripleberry Yogurt : Blue, Black, Wheat.
And the zucchini with some lentil dip :
It was a very filling lunch -
But I was craving some cool strawberry ice cream and had two spoonfuls straight from the carton for dessert
After some more studying, my mouth just wanted to CHEW . I kept thinking about snacks but was still very full from lunch, so I had some gum. Worked like a charm.
Back to the books until 6:00 when it’s symphony picnic time !!