Blueberry Ginger Maple Syrup

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup blueberry puree
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In small saucepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried blueberries (substitute 1 spoonful of fresh)
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon dried lemon peel (can substitute 1 slice fresh lemon)
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh blueberries, lemon thyme leaves, and lemon peel or sliced lemon. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Cardamon Nutmeg Dried Blueberries

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup dried fruit

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cardamom pod, seeds removed
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix honey, cardamom seeds, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of blueberries and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Blueberry Macadamia Nut Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup honey
3 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup macadamia nuts, toasted
1 cup cardamon nutmeg dried blueberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and honey. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, coconut, spices and salt. Add butter and honey mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in toasted nuts and dried blueberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Blueberry Mint Cavatini

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon ripped mint leaves
1 ounce cava

PREPARATION

Place vodka, blueberries and mint in a shaker, muddle blueberries until smashed well. Add cava and fill with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a blueberry and mint leaf.

Blueberry Rickey

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 liters seltzer water
2 cups lime simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 T lime zest)
2 cups fresh blueberries
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

PREPARATION

Smash blueberries in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a pitcher, add seltzer, lime simple syrup and smashed blueberries. Pour rickey over ice and blueberries and garnish with fresh mint.

Blueberry Rickey

Blueberry Nut Crispy Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped almonds
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup flax seeds
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup dried blueberries
½ cup almond butter
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup toasted wheat germ

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. On a separate sheet tray, toast oats and nuts in oven until golden brown and fragrant, 10 to15 minutes, and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Meanwhile, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Press oat and nut mixture into prepared half sheet tray and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Once out of oven, cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cut and place in refrigerator overnight.
For on-the-go travel, wrap in wax paper.

Meyer Lemon Parfaits with Fresh Blueberries, Toasted Coconut, and Bay Leaf Whipped Cream

November 8th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

The night before your party make the bay leaf simple syrup with ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup water and 2 fresh bay leaves. On medium heat, dissolve the sugar in water. Remove from heat and add 2 fresh bay leaves to the syrup. Let steep for 30 minutes and remove the bay leaves. Refrigerate overnight.

Bay Leaf Simple Syrup

½ cup sugar
1/3 cup water
3 fresh bay leaves

In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a rolling boil, as soon as the mixture comes to a boil take off heat and place bay leaves in the pan to steep. Let steep for about 30 minutes and remove the bay leaves. Cool and refrigerate overnight.

For the
Lemon Curd

¾ cups sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 cup meyer lemon juice
5 ounces cold butter, cubed
Pinch salt

Prep a metal bowl with sieve place over it. Whisk together all ingredients except butter and place over a bain-marie. Mix continuously with a wooden spoon. Watch very closely as it thickens, once your curd coats the back of a spoon without dripping remove immediately from heat. Pass through the strainer and add the cold butter. Mix until melted. Add salt. Set plastic wrap directly on top of the curd so that a skin does not form and let cool for an hour.

For the
Toasted coconut

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

In a oven that is preheated for at least 15 minutes at 300 degrees, place shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and bake or toast until crispy approximately 15-20 minutes.

For the
Bay Leaf Whipped Cream

1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup bay leaf simple syrup

Whisk heavy cream with bay leaf simple syrup until soft peaks form, chill.

For the
Parfait Assembly

In your parfait glasses or bowls place a generous spoonful of Meyer lemon curd, a few spoons of blueberries, and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and toasted coconut. Refrigerate until serving.

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries lightly mashed
1 cup lemonade
juice of 1 lemon
½ cup chopped fresh lemon thyme plus 2 T chopped fresh lemon thyme

PREPARATION

In a saucepan place ½ cup fresh lemon thyme, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes. Strain lemon thyme and set simple syrup aside. In another heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Mix the simple syrup and blueberry mash in with the cream until well mixed. Set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add remainder of chopped fresh lemon thyme and follow ice cream maker instructions.

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