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Blueberry “Glosettes”

I was just surprised to find out that “Glosette” is an exclusive Canadian brand of confectionary!  Who knew!  I thought that Cadbury made them, but apparently Hersey bought them in 1987 from Nabisco so I wasn’t even close!

Basically a glosette is bit of dried fruit or nut dipped in some glossy chocolate.

So over the holidays I had a young visitor who for health reasons is not supposed to eat much sugar.  I didn’t want him to feel left out while everyone else was pounding back the sugar cookies and shortbread, so I tried to make him some healthy items so he would feel like part of the gang.

One thing I came up with was to make my own blueberry glosettes.   It was a bit labour intensive, but worth it in the long run.

I also made up some of these :  CLICK HERE

But for the glosettes I had to first dry out the blueberries!

Out came the trusty Excalibur dehydrator which really hadn’t been getting it’s fair share of use lately.

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Start by thoroughly washing and picking over your blueberries, discarding any dodgy ones.   And then I put them into a clean tea towel and  try to dry them the best you can.

Then onto the dehydrator try and in they go.

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If you don’t have a dehydrator……..and I understand that many people don’t!  You can just put them on a parchment covered baking sheet and pop them in the oven on super low.  Like 200 degrees if you aren’t trying to make them “raw”.

Which ever method you use, leave them until they resemble raisins.

Once they are done, let them cool to room temperature.

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Meanwhile, in a double boiler, melt some good quality dark chocolate.  I used the 70% cacao bars.

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Melt the chocolate until it is just runny enough but still quite viscous.

Toss in your blueberry raisins , coating well, working quickly.

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Now I’m sure at the Hershey factory they have some sort of fancy conveyor belt thing that makes them come out perfectly round, but at home you have to make due.

I tried letting them harden on a fresh sheet of parchment but will admit they came out flat on one side.

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Or I tried putting them on a baking cooling rack with small squares, that seemed to work better, but it was a bit of work getting them off.

Perhaps you might have an even better idea of how to cool them and keep their shape??

Which ever the case, once they hardened they were a delicious, NOT so sugary treat!!

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Taking a break

Well after two weeks straight of practically every meal containing, cheese, cream, butter or sausage in one form or another, we decided that our first meal of 2013 needed to be something healthy.  To take a break from the overindulgence.

What could be nicer than a comforting, friendly bowl of hot oatmeal?

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No one says it has to be the boring bland porridge of childhood!

I laid out a selection of toppings to go along with it:

  • fresh blueberries
  • dried cranberries
  • brown sugar
  • hemp seeds
  • milk

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It was wonderfully fortifying and a nice rest for the digestive system!

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Fancy Fish Dinner

The Chef whipped up a very tasty quick summer supper.

I can’t be completely sure what is actually in anything, he sometimes gets a little secretive about what he is making.  Let’s face it, with someone like me around, he is going to guard his secrets so I don’t make “Cheffing” look too easy!!

Here is what we had:

  • Baked salmon with garlic, lemon & capers topped with tomato salsa
  • Couscous with diced red pepper & chopped fresh basil
  • Shaved fennel, red onion & lemon salad
  • Beet and blueberry salad

That’s a lot of brain food going on there.  Salmon, beet, blueberry, fennel, all with a lot of lemon, just tons of nutrients AND it all tasted great!!

Blueberry Crumble Cake

The other day one of my fellow blogger friends at Frugal Feeding, posted this very enticing cake recipe.

What with blueberry season just around the corner, I thought why not try it out and be prepared!  Blueberries ARE a superfood after all!!

So I started with his original recipe  ( click here to check it out ).

Now I have to confess, that even though we use the metric system in Canada, I have no idea how much any of these measurements are.  Nor did I have the patience to look up the conversions so I just kind of “winged it”.

If you cook / bake a lot you will have a general idea of ratios of things and can get away with it.  But if you are serving it to other people and NEED it to be right……I suggest you look up the conversions if you don’t know them.

I followed everything as instructed.  The only differences and they are barely note worthy is that I added a bit of cinnamon and flax seeds to the “crumble” mixture        ( mostly cause I didn’t have quite enough oats).  And then instead of adding the blueberries to the “crumble” mixture, I added a layer of them to the top of the “cake” portion and then covered them with the “crumble” mixture.  And then tossed a few random berries on top for show.  This was mostly because I had a lot of blueberries to use up.

It turned out VERY tasty!  We nearly ate the whole thing!!

I am hoping there will be some left when I get home to enjoy with a lovely cup of tea!!

Thank you Frugal Feeding!!

Quick Blueberry dessert

A work friend came in the other day recounting tales of a wonderful dessert she had enjoyed the evening before at a bar b que.   I was so intrigued I had to rush out and procure the ingredients and try it for myself!

Actually it is almost bordering on healthy, except I guess for the sickly sweet under cake…..but I suppose if you made it yourself and knew what was in it, then it would be quite harmless.  But once in awhile a treat is in order.

Start with some of those store bought short cake bowl type things.  They come in a package of six around these parts.   Then add a few generous dollops of “Liberty” brand LEMON yogurt.  If you don’t get that kind where you are from and can’t find lemon flavour, then make do with whatever thick creamy brand you can.

Then sprinkle even more generously with blueberries, or the berries of your choice for that matter, but what with it being blueberry season, we have opted for them.

And there you have it.  Even EASIER than PIE!!

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Blueberry season

It’s that time again!  Blueberry season in BC!

Blueberries have made the list of “Wonder Foods”.  Not only are they tasty little explosions of deliciousness but they are also chock full of anti oxidants and from what I hear, other magic powers!

Tub of blueberries

Whenever blueberry season comes round, I like to buy up a bunch and freeze them to use in my smoothies and other dishes all year long.   I learned the hard way that you can’t just rinse them off and toss them in the freezer.  It will only end in a heartbreaking clump of frozen blueberry misery!

What you need to do is first wash them thoroughly and pick out any bad ones and pick off any stems or weird bits,  then put them into a clean tea towel to dry them.

Dry the blueberries well before freezing

Once they are good and dry transfer them to a baking sheet and spread them loosely.  It will be impossible to have it so that none of them are touching each other but make sure they have plenty of room and not crammed together, even if you have to do several batches.

Look them over again checking for any dodgy stuff you might have missed on the first pass.  Then into the freezer.

Now I KNOW this might be obvious to many but be sure they are laying flat in the freezer and secure.  There is NOTHING more unpleasant than picking up a tray full of blueberries off the floor when you open the freezer door and the tray falls out!

Give berries lots of room on the tray

They will need at least half and hour to freeze unless you have some kind of super freezer!  But longer is fine if you forget.  But just BE CAREFUL opening the freezer door!!

Once they are frozen load them into a plastic container or what I prefer is a zip lock freezer bag because they are much easier to fit into the freezer afterwards.

Frozen blueberries in a ziplock bag

Now you’ve got blueberries to last till next season!

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Pancake Tuesday

Or Shrove Tuesday as it is traditionally known and observed by Christians as the last day before lent. 

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I was always of the school that when making pancakes with things in them, lets say chocolate chips, or banana or blueberries, I would always just mush them in with the rest of the batter and then plop the batter on the griddle and see what you get.

But the problem with that is that you never get even distribution of what ever tasty morsel you have added.  There is always too much in one and not enough, or none at all in others!

So the resident Chef taught me a trick.

Make your regular batter……..put your dollop of batter on to the griddle…..and THEN add the goodie bits to each cake, distributing evenly.  This is done while you are waiting for the tell-tale pre-flipping bubbles to appear.

Adding the berries to the pancakes

Then when the bubbles appear, you flip the cakes as per usual and they cook up with a fair number of bits in each cake!

Blueberry pancakes

 Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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