Sunday, 23 November 2014

Stewed Blueberries

We had some blueberries and then found some better ones for fresh eating. So I stewed the remaining ones and we had them with plain yoghurt. Just sweet enough to balance the tang of the yoghurt, not so sweet as to be cloying. Lovely dessert at the end of a very hot day.

175g blueberries
50g sugar
50ml water

Pinch a few blueberries so that they break apart.
Put all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the blueberries start to go a bit wrinkly. I don't really know how long I cooked them for.
Cool, put in container and refrigerate until you are ready to spoon over plain yoghurt.

I had my first mulberry off my "big" mulberry tree. The weeping mulberry produces tiny fruit which are sweet but only suitable for garden grazing. I bought two Beenleigh Black trees and planted them this winter. They are both currently smaller than the weeping mulberry, which we've had for several years, but if I don't prune them viciously they will grow into enormous trees.
The mulberry was small and almost made into jam by the heat of the day, but it was very tasty. It had hit 39 C by midday, perfect fruit-ripening weather... Pity we're not built for that kind of heat!

The possum that lives in the garage door was most put out this weekend. First she and I startled each other when I was watering the garden late on Saturday evening, just as she was emerging from the garage roof. I squeaked and she galloped off over the roof and into the trees. Then when we went out to pack the car late on Sunday afternoon she was sitting with her tail out the door as she does on very hot days. She's not really afraid of us but she'd still really rather we didn't exist. She moved uneasily around in the garage roof until we took the car out and closed the door. She then presumably smoothed her ruffled fur and set down to wait out the heat until evening.

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