Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Berry-Licious


It's still berry madness around here, and if anything, it's only getting better! I've just had the most wonderful long weekend, on the lake, in the bush, and in the kitchen! Darwin and I canoed to a little cabin for a getaway, and guess what?! It just so happens that there is a blueberry patch nearby. After navigating over, under, and around lots of brush in a cutover, we managed to fill our blue pail with a breakfast of berries. Mmmm! Other than that, we enjoyed canoeing, sunbathing, a campfire, a lightening and thunder show (fortunately just after safely arriving at the camp), and having quiet time to ourselves.

We just love being out here, its so peaceful - and the weather was perfect!

Our little cabin in the woods

This was a little resting/swimming point along our journey.

The view from here is incredible!


By today I was back in the berry patch, where it was like picking grapes in some spots - I picked buckets and buckets, while gorging like a bear :)
Back to the kitchen, here's a very simple Blueberry Sorbet I whipped up the other day...I adore the colour.

2 cups blueberries

1 1/2 cups almond mylk

3/4 cup agave

1 tbs lemon juice

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Blend until smooth. Chill and then process through an ice cream maker - OR freeze in ice cube trays.

Salads and fruit puddings also make great summertime food. Here are a few recent ones that have been at my dinner table.

We've had lots of butter leaf lettuce coming out of the garden, along with zucchini, basil, and parsley. I've used these ingredients as a base, along with cherry tomatoes, red/yellow peppers, avocado, and a sprinkling of lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil.


Tropical Fruit Pudding - It's nice to throw something other than local berries into the mix :)

I like to dump things into the blender in no specific quantity. Here, I've mixed: pineapple, banana, mango, macadamia nuts, water, and vanilla - topped with fresh raspberries.

I hope you're enjoying the abundance of fresh food around you this summer too!

11 comments:

Lauren said...

I got butterleaf lettuce in my co-op box last week. It was a dream come true! I've never had a better lettuce! Everything looks yummy as usual!

April said...

Hey,
I got your e-mail thanks for understanding and for the nice words! If we were in Hawaii at the same time that would be so awesome. The place again is called bellyacres and is actually pretty close to pangaia. Your recipes look delicious!

Raw Goddess said...

Lauren - oh yeah, isn't it the best?! Mmm, practically does melt in your mouth - like butter! lol

April - awesome, thanks girl - and I got your msg on GITMR. It would be great to meet up. Im gonna check out Bellyacres!

Yaelian said...

That blueberry sorbet looks lovely! About your nice pics, those places look just like places in Finland...

S. said...

Very cool. Looks delish even in pictures!

HiHoRosie said...

Food looks heavenly and the resort area looks beautiful too!

Raw Goddess said...

Really Yaelian? I've never been to Finland - that's good to know :)

Thanks S.!

Rosie - LOL, you had me laughing when you said "resort area" - girlie, let me tell you, that little cabin is in the bush in the middle of nowhere - only 1 cabin. no road to get there either! lol - only by boat or canoe - or snowmobile in the winter, hehe. can you imagine??

Angela said...

what an abundance of beauty in your environment and in your cuisine.
You are a blessed young woman. Thank you for sharing your treats with all of us!

HiHoRosie said...

Oh even better! Makes the journey all the more worth it don't ya think? It's still a resort to me in sense that it's so lush looking and away from everything. But I suppose w/o any staff to wait on your or massages to take advantage of it's not quite the same - lol! Just looks like a fabulous time!

Acai Berry said...

I got butterleaf lettuce in my co-op box last week.

Tera's Raw Inspiration said...

YUM! This looks so refreshing!!