It’s a rather grey and damp day today, and one I think for being indoors with tea and the sofa. In fact, I am sitting writing this with a cup of green tea with jasmine, wrapped in a duvet with the cat on my knee watching the old Doris Day movie ‘Pillow Talk’. It seems Misse Moj is a Doris Day fan – or at least of the opening credits of the film where they toss pillows about, which had him transfixed.
The weather today
Autumnal weather cries out for warming deserts, and yesterday I made a blueberry cobbler using frozen blueberries (I see nothing wrong with using frozen fruit, especially ones that freeze well like blueberries, when you want something out of season). The recipe was called a ‘light blueberry cobbler’, and it was in fact very light and really tasty. It was the first time I had made a fruit cobbler, since I usually make a crumble, and am not sure how this recipe ranks with others, but this tasted excellent.
Preheat the oven to 190C. Mix 3 cups of blueberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of orange juice and pour into a 20cm square dish (or whatever you have). In a small bowl, mix 85g plain flour, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt and set aside. In another bowl, cream 125g softened butter and 125g sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in an egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence. Gradually add in the flour mixture, stirring until the ingredients are combined. Drop tablespoons of the batter over the blueberry mixture, trying to cover as much of the filling as possible. Bake for around 35 to 40 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
The oven in our rented house is good but uneven, with things at the back always cooking faster than that at the front. I should remember to turn things around half way through but always forget.
I was just about to write a closing sentence when I was sure I felt a small earthquake. Sure enough, there was a 4.5 one just north of Paraparaumu about 50 km away. Hope this is not the start of a series!