Oh sure, you’re thinking, sure. Radio silence for a week, and then just ten words? Well, yes. But they are a juicy ten. You may recall that we just came down from Lake Superior country, and up there, everywhere, blueberries. Wild blueberries from green brush, tumbling down from Canada, blueberries not from the store, little bursts of lake that tasted like the woods. They’re flung over salads with feta and almonds, swirled into muffins, sauced over ice cream and stuffed into every pie. I like blueberries – but Josie loves blueberries. So this Ten-Word Thursday is for Josie, the same girl who today managed to get up early, don her carefully chosen outfit, locate her book bag and head back to school.
This is a flurry of activity, it is, after what we’ve called The Summer of Nothing. It seemed she did not want to do classes, or camps, nor any effort that required organization, even forming a line. No, she wanted to swim, and hang with friends, scoop blueberry sundaes and climb rocks with old mom and dad in the cold waves of Lutsen, Minnesota. We let her, and now it’s back to the books. Will her head be empty as the berry bowl, or charged by summer’s fruit? We’ll see.
Easy Blueberry Sauce: simmer 1-2 pints blueberries with dash of sugar and splash of water. When warm and sugar has dissolved, add about 1 cup good-quality blueberry jam or preserves. Stir to melt and combine. Optional: add a squeeze of lemon or pinch of nutmeg for extra flavor. Serve warm over pancakes, waffles, ice cream. May also spoon directly into mouth.
So – do you have a few words on berries? Pancakes, waffles, pound cakes or cobblers? Is there a pandowdy in the house? Tell me how you like your blueberries – and please, keep it to ten, and make it juicy.