Blueberry pie

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I have a special connection with blueberries, the cute little purple berries. Its health benefits are the core reason I adore ‘em. In fact I think I’ve comparatively more posts – Blueberry chocolate chip diamondsOatmeal blueberry mini loavescaramel bread puddingMerry berry smoothie etc., – tagged with blueberries than any others. The more the merrier, pie came along as a surprise! Few weeks ago we had a sale event at the block. Someone sponsored blueberry pie – $6 per box. I thought it’s a great price and a great way to get to know the blue pie.  I never had one before which is a shame of course. I don’t know why on earth I admit it here?!

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When it comes to pie, the first priority goes to apple pie since it’s the prominent one. And I couldn’t imagine any others as well. May be that’s the reason 🙂

Few days later I received my order in a cute little box, comparatively medium size blueberry pie. It was a pleasant surprise! I never ever thought blueberry pie tastes divinely delicious. It was ridiculously delicate yet firm enough, without any hint of the mixture running out of the shell, and the texture was well balanced so amazingly tasty pie! Instantly I got a good grip of how to prepare one.

Next I knew exactly what items to blend in to bring the goodness out of it. Why not Welch’s wild frozen blueberries. I’m a big fan of Welch’s products! Their frozen fruits rocks!  Here’s my blueberry pie – well, let the photo talk the rest 🙂

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Oatmeal blueberry mini loaves

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: is the time for home. Edith Sitwell.

I agree winter is simply a blessing for us. The serene and subtle snowflakes drift the land into a winter wonderland. Everything seemed like a picture perfect portrait, a beautiful art done by none other than winter itself. Hitting that sun rays on us, even better

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As the forecast predicted, hint of sunshine seeped through the cold air shining in glory, slowly but steadily. That seemed a fantastic opportunity to capture few delicious images. Baking mini loaves with blueberries and oatmeal had been in my mind for quite some time. Today seemed perfect for such an interesting idea. I’m not sure if I sugar coated it too much 🙂 Bit of excitement and fear of failure may be the reason. Because, the oatmeal craze, could ruin the whole thing. I’m talking about the two super foods; oatmeal and blueberries. Even though, the thought process feels bit overwhelming, the desire to deliver it successfully kicked in.

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I thought, one to one ratio of oatmeal and all purpose flour and a generous amount of frozen blueberries would be the ruse. Measure a full cup of quick oats, pulverize it and then add it to the all purpose flour. Combine the flours well. And follow the recipe as normal as you would. Instead of adding the blueberries directly to the batter, try blending it in half portion of the flour first. That will avoid the unpleasant sinking of berries while baking.

The oatmeal blueberry mini loaves were a success. The best way to enjoy the treat is with fresh blueberries and a cup of cold milk. In the morning, an ideal for a breakfast and great treat as a snack as well. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

¾ cup all purpose flour
1 cup of quick oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

3 eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
 1 full cup of frozen blueberries

Grease the mini loaves pan with cooking spray. Cut the parchment paper in small rectangles and line it in each mold. That will avoid the dreary tendency to stick half portion of the loaves at the bottom of the mold.

Pulverize the measured one cup of oats and add it to ¾ cup of all purpose flour. Combine the flours, baking powder and salt. Add the frozen blueberries in half portion of the flour mixture and dredge them well.

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat eggs adding vanilla to it. Add the cream mixture and the flour mixture. Gently incorporate everything.

Mix everything together with a wooden spatula. Fill ¾ cups full. Bake in 325°oven for about 20 – 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean. Enjoy,

Merry berry smoothie

Purplish pink blissful blend of berries yet another delicious smoothie rich in antioxidants and nutrients! It’s my all time favorite one.

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3/4 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
few red grapes
half banana
1 glass of purified water

Place everything in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Enjoy,

Sunshine green smoothie

Green smoothieThe day begins with a pleasant surprise, melodious and pleasant spring is here. A sigh of relief, finally!  Sun is already up in the sky shining in full glory. The land looks still the same, pristine and white snow silently on the ground still hanging around as if it has no plans to leave the stage any time soon.

There is no strong breeze – for the plants to sway in the rhythm -as it was a few days ago. Everything seems nice and warm, gentle and polite. All are being nice to winter since it allowed spring a grand welcome!

Today is the first day of spring, very beautiful and warm day, a nice change of season.  Even though there aren’t many colors to beautify the nature, the bright and warm day made everything perfect.

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Indeed an inspiration to try something new. For me today was a new start to begin my green smoothie journey. Grinding vegetables are not my cup of tea. I couldn’t imagine grinding a handful of spinach in a creamy form and pouring in a smoothie cup where I use only for alluring fruit smoothies with sweeteners and flavors.  

In order to make it more interesting and pleasing, before hand I thought of a plan to avoid any hint of fibers from the spinach, seeds from the flavoring fruits, etc. Everything worked great and the smoothie was indeed delicious and picture perfect.  Succeeded at the first attempt itself, and moreover, I convinced my three boys as well. Bingo! So I named it “Sunshine green smoothie” 🙂

Even though I opted out sugar or honey, the sweet flavor from the pineapple and strawberry made it sort of sweet to the senses. It reduces any kind of cravings for sweet snacks was a bonus. I’m glad I did it.

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 A handful of spinach

1 slice of avocado

½ cup of frozen pineapple chunks

2-3 pieces of strawberries

1 ½ cup of filtered water

In a blender, add frozen pineapple chunks first, then spinach, and the rest of the ingredients. Don’t add the whole amount of water in the beginning. Pour one glass first. Once everything blends well and in smooth puree form, add the rest of the water and extend the consistency.  Enjoy,

Blueberry carrot mini loaves

It occurred to me that freedom to eat is the best thing that ever happened. We are free to eat anything that belongs to any nation or race. Isn’t it wonderful for such a blessing and the vast variety of food choices for our enjoyment and nourishment. Sure a different feeling for each one of us.

Now that the ideas are awash to prepare something fancy, delectable and sweet to satisfy our cravings, let’s stock up the pantry, get some gadgets and get into cooking. Prepare something for everyone; remember to stash some of nature’s own ailment in whatever you cook or bake. The happy feeling when you enjoy the delicious whiff of just baked goodies in the air is all worth in the end.

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Blueberry carrot mini loaves

Cute, plump and purple blueberries taste excellent when you add them in the baking saga. Given that I’m quite good at incorporating and accomplishing my baking missions, I reduced buying bakery items as I used to. I had been a huge fan of store bought baked goodies like blueberry muffins. I used to buy them regularly every weekend. But the nudge to prepping and popping in the comfort of my kitchen took the toll. As always with a hint of contrast – is something I can’t resist. See what happened next.

Blueberry carrot mini loaves

Blueberry carrot mini loaves

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Blueberry carrot mini loaves

Ingredients

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp salt

3 eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 full cup of frozen blueberries
3/4 cup of grated carrots

Grease the mini loaves pan with cooking spray. Cut the parchment paper in small rectangles and line it in each mold. That will avoid the dreary tendency to stick half portion of the loaves at the bottom of the mold. Or you could use the liner for mini loaves.

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat eggs adding vanilla to it.

Add the frozen blueberries in half portion of the flour mixture and dredge them well. You could do the same method with the carrots as well.

Add the cream mixture and the flour mixture. Gently incorporate everything with a wooden spatula. Fill ¾ cups full. Bake in 325°oven for about 15-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the centre of the loaves comes out clean.

Berry tomato smoothie

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This simple blend of luscious smoothie with berries and tomatoes are rich yet refreshing… 

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Ingredients

2 fresh tomatoes

½ portion frozen banana

¼ cup fresh blueberries

¼ cup frozen mixed berries

2 tbsp yogurt

½ cup mango juice

Honey 3 tbsp

Pinch of salt

Few ice cubes

Process all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy, at a consistent speed. Enjoy!

Mint melon and blueberries

This is what I normally do when the juicy melon find its way to my home. I always marvel at the exquisite beauty of it. It’s simply an elegant snack by its own. Its marvelous and crisp texture is darn inviting. I buy this fruit whenever it’s available at the grocers or from the street vendors.

The advantage of buying from the street vendor is that we get the first hand information about the freshness and stuff. We get a lot of helpful information from them or at times from the fellow buyers as well. That’s the reason I’m attracted to buy fruits and vegetables from the farmers market or the street vendors. They are darn lovely and hardworking people. I admire them. I respect them. That’s how I learned how to choose the perfect melon.

During one of those stroll, there happened to be a huge pile of melons, seemingly smaller in size cute melons. I love smaller size melon since it’s easy to hold and handle as well. So there was a lady happened to be there at the time my hubby was vying to select the perfect melon. She seemed to be pro in selecting the right fruits and vegetables. She extended her knowledge to us as well.  The distinctive dark stripe on the skin is the main clue for a perfectly ripe melon. So ever since we come home only with right and ripe melons.  Mint Melon & Berry
So just for a change from my normal melon melange, I decided to play with those cute cookie cutters. Everything went well and the end result looked fantastic! The delicious and tempting texture and the minty touch was enough. The sweetness from the melon and contrast from the blueberries and the healing aroma from the mint worked hand in hand.  A picture perfect treat!