Sunday, June 10, 2012

what to do with all these wild blackberries


Passion Flower in the field across the street

in one of my posts recently, i talked about our blackberry picking.
i also said i'm not much of a baker.
i mentioned that we use the blackberries in drinks and smoothies...and freeze most of them.

well,
this morning we rode the 4-wheeler across the road...to the field...
Woodrose vine/Morning Glory, in the field
across the street


to collect MORE wild blackberries.

when we got back home...my mother-in-law stopped by
and asked if i was going to bake a pie.

"nah. i'm not a very good baker.
besides, i don't even have a pie pan."

she reminded me that she gave me a stoneware pie pan a while back.
(oh yeah.  damn.)

SO,
after observing sam's drooling at the thought of blackberry pie...

i looked online for a recipe.
eileen, my mother-in-law...said to look for a Cobbler recipe...that they're easier to make.

that sounded good.  easier.  less kitchen time.  that's for me.

i printed the recipe, gathered the ingredients:
Jiffy-mix (1 cup),  sugar (½ cup),  milk (½ cup),  oil (2 tsp),  water ( ¾ cup) 
AND don't forget the blackberries (which i doubled, 4 cups)

mixed it all up together...
poured it into the pre-greased pie pan...

slid it into the pre-heated 375° (F) oven...
and 45 minutes later...
VOILA!

my first (deep dish) Blackberry Cobbler!

yum!


dig in.  add a scoop of ice cream.
yummier!



it was easy. maybe i can bake after all.

well...honestly, it's not that i CAN'T bake...
it's just that there are so many other things i'd rather be doing...
(other than chopping, measuring, mixing, baking)

like, wandering the woods
and taking pictures of lizards, mushrooms, bugs, flowers...


(anyway, it was the perfect snack since i'm still stuck on SOFTER foods
'til i get my permanent crown monday afternoon.)


be cool & stay safe.
laura

little weedy flowers in the field across the street


40 comments:

  1. those little weedy flowers are fleabane. :)

    and i LOVE blackberry cobbler! my all-time favorite - especially w/ ice cream! i don't like to cook or bake, but i can. i just prefer not to. :)

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    1. OH YEAH, fleabane...i KNEW that...haha. i just didn't want to take the time to look 'em up!
      the cobbler was...is...delicious!! i can bake too...but like you...would rather NOT!! :)

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  2. I'd rather not bake (or cook) it makes a mess and I'd rather not clean.

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    1. so far, we all agree about the baking...but i don't mind cleaning. in fact when i get UPSET...i CLEAN!

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    2. i don't mind cooking...in fact i make a damn good pot roast, and just about anything italian...and i love to do stir fries...but baking? no thanks! too much WORK! ha!

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  3. I think (for a moment) that the passion flower is glorious, it is loaded with passion. But, I love the blackberries pies and ICE CREAM, very nice, yummy yummy my fat tummy.

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    1. hahahahahaaaaa!!!!!! too bad you didn't live a little bit closer....we can share!! :)

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  4. We got not this blackberries here. We must by them. Yes I think you can bake, I can smell it ...
    Your photos of the flower was great.
    Wish you a nice week.
    Hilda

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    1. thanks hilda!! i was going to ask if anyone's mouth was watering...if you could smell it cooking?? ha!

      you have a great week too! :)

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  5. Mmmm, my mouth is watering! Congrats on your banking masterpiece and takling something "new" ;-)

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    1. yeah...i tackled it...and i did good! haha

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  6. Laura, I am not a baker either. But, I do love to eat most baked goods. I wish I could taste your blackberry cobbler, it looks yummy. Beautiful shots of the flowers. I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. thanks eileen! i agree...i'd rather EAT the baked goods that someone else makes...but the cobbler DID turn out really good...and it was soooo easy...i'll definitely be making that again!

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  7. Oh yes, yum, something about blackberries ... especially when they've been freshly picked. Must be all the torture you go through to glean them !!
    Love your cobbler Laura - you did good ;D)
    Did Mum-in-law get to have some too?

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    1. thanks susan! well...i did tell her if she wanted to stop by today...monday...and have some...she only stayed for a short visit on sunday, before i baked! she lives not far...just on the other side of town.

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  8. Blackberries look yum, as do the pretty field flowers . . . I get the, not a baker thing . . . So many other things I'd rather do too. However, I have an easy recipe for a blueberry like cobbler, bet you could use blackberries instead, but it looks like you already have a winner!

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    1. ...all these years...collecting the blackberries...and this is the FIRST time i've actually BAKED with them! it's just so much easier to just plop them into drinks and stuff! :)

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  9. it looks delicious!
    just left a message on your 'shrooms post :)

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  10. That does look good! We always have blackberries on our farm, but I confess that although I freeze them, I don't end up baking them much! Love that Passion Flower. I found one growing on our farm a couple of years ago and haven't seen another one since.

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    1. yeah, the passion flowers are beautiful...i'm surprised you haven't seen them since...they're such a hardy plant!
      we collect the blackberries every year...freeze them mostly, this is the FIRST time i ever COOKED anything with them! yum!

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  11. of course you can bake
    you just choose not to ;-)

    what a bountiful harvest of naturally growing food
    the recipe looks so easy, but what is jiffy mix? is it like a flour, baking soda etc mixture? could i substitute self-raising flour?

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    1. yes, kel! self rising flour is really the same thing...
      in fact that's really what the first recipe i looked at called for...but i had a box of the Jiffy,
      which is pancake/waffle mix...same thing, it just has a couple of xtra ingredients like levening & shortening...or something like that anyway. :)

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  12. Hurray for brambles and cobblers! - gotta wait 'til september for ours

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    1. ...september will be here in a flash...
      i don't know if that's freally a good thing...or not... :)

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  13. Oh yummy treat! Don't you just love it when other people puuuuuuuush us into making such cool stuff! I know the feeling though, baking can be a pain, time consuming, and then if you spend all that time (when you could be doing other really cool stuff) and what you created (needs to go in the garbage!) oh yeah, I am a great cook, but on the baking side, sometimes not so great. Why is that? Oh yeah, maybe it's if your heart isn't in it....! What a great catch you got though...they are just perfect looking! Enjoy your week!

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    1. thanks karen! yep...i don't mind COOKING really...it's just that extra baking i can't get into...YOU have a great week too!

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  14. Mmmm, that looks good! I bet your house smelled like heaven while it was baking. My dad just did some blackberry picking too, got 2 gallons and made jam. Wild ones are sooooooo yummy.

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    1. yum...jam sounds good too...but i'll need a break...the cobbler adventure was enough extra kitchen work to last me a while. ha!

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  15. Those flowers are stunning! I'm terribly unmotivated to cook or bake, living alone. I'd rather be doing something more fun, also. But that cobbler looks so yummy!! You're motivating me to do something in the kitchen. ;)

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    1. haha...nice to hear i motivated someone to do something!
      anyway...you stay busy enough...you don't need to add baking to your list of things to do! :)

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  16. Well you may say you are not a baker but that looks delicious and I am really craving fresh Blackberries and a piece of this creation. I can bake but like you I would rather be outside playing in the mud in the bush:) B

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    1. oh yeah...playing outside any day...to being in the kitchen cooking! and the muddier the better! ha!

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  17. A wonderful post...I can't wait for the autumn berries now.

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    1. oh i know...can't you just taste them! yum!

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  18. Oh my, that cobbler looks so yummy! good for you, but I agree, I'd rather be outside! Once in awhile it is worth it though!

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    1. yeah...ONCE in a while! sam's already talking about going acroos to the field and picking more this weekend...so i can bake TWO...one for his mom & another for us! :)

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  19. My Piano Man's parents live in Friday Harbor, WA and their land is surrounded by wild blackberries. I swear is almost all I eat when we go to visit them; so yummy.

    About that passion flower, wow! I can't stop staring at it. It reminds me of Virginia Woolf's "A Sketch of the Past."

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  20. Laura - you really don't need to apologize for not liking (usually!) to bake. You do so many other things so very well, so who needs to do it all...? Your cobbler looks delicious, however!

    Magaly is correct about Friday Harbor - indeed all of western WA. - we DO have a TON of blackberries here. They are delicious, but unfortunately are not native, are very invasive, and therefore a real pain in the patooie!!! They grow everywhere, and will take over if you don't keep whackin' them back! Mostly, they mature later in the summer, so seeing yours this early is unusual for us here.

    The passion flower & woodrose vine are stunning - how fortunate you & Sam are to have such beauty right there in your own backyard.

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  21. Ummm! I love blackberry cobbler, and yours looks the best...all warm and toasty! Sam, will be back for more now! Your blooms are beautiful Laura-that passion flower is something I CAN'T find across the street!

    See you soon!♥

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