No need to choose,

July 1, 2014

because you’ll need them all. Rasperries, strawberries,blackberries and blueberries…what would a Summer Pudding be without them? Add a loaf of white bread and some sugar and you are on your way to an impressive ending to any summer meal. The hardest part to this seasonal classic is waiting for it to rest overnight, so plan accordingly.

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I used this simple recipe from Merrill Stubbs at Food52. As recipes go it could not have been more simplequietmodern. http://food52.com/recipes/13392-berry-summer-pudding

 

 

The idea of blueberry pancakes always sounded good but seemed to lack a little something once I took a dive in. I finally figured out that it wasn’t the individual elements, it was the way they went together that mucked things up. So, to simplify, I start with an Austrian Pancake.  While that’s  baking there is just enough time to reduce some pure maple syrup by about a third…to thicken it and intensify the flavor. Off  heat  the fresh berries are gently added to the syrup…warming them and taking the raw edge off without actually cooking them. Then plating. Who knew that a little deconstruction would lead to this… simplequietmodern pancake perfection.

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Summertime Blues

August 1, 2013

There is nothing  like local Michigan blueberries…in abundance. A simplequietmodern spin on this superfruit is to take some of the surplus and whip up a simple blueberry syrup and stir yourself up a Blueberry Mojito. Nothing wrong with a summer cocktail that is also antioxidant and phytonutrient rich is there?

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Blueberry Simple Syrup

1 cup fresh blueberries , 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar

Combine all 3 ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the solids from the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and reserve…you can add them to Greek yoghurt or top some ice cream. Yields 2 cups  Transfer syrup to a covered jar and refrigerate.

Done. How simple was that?  Replace the simple syrup in your favorite Mojito recipe with this and garnish with a few fresh blueberries.