Monday, March 28, 2011

Blueberry Hill

Ah yes, another post with pyjamas and bed hair! I'm off to experiment on my peers and manipulate their minds, so I suppose I'll eventually have to get dressed... Stay tuned for the outcome (of the dressing, not the mind-bending, I believe that's confidential... *raises eyebrows shiftily*)! For now, enjoy some roses and a recipe!
One of my favourite flowers, Peace. It's a beautiful rose, with big flowers and a delicate scent. It was developed in the late 1930's by French horticulturist Francis Meilland. Supposedly, "When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France he sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose. It is said, that it was sent to the US on the last plane available before the German invasion, where it was safely propagated by the Conard Pyle Company during the war". Publically named on the 29th April 1945, the day Berlin fell and the end of the Second World War. At the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco later that year, each of the delegations was given a rose with a note reading:  "We hope the 'Peace' rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace"
I think these words are haunting and no less true today than they were over 60 years ago.

Blame it on 7TWO's screening of Martha Stewart, my recent Stepford wives obsession or the influx of coolish weather, whatever the reason I've been cooking crazy this weekend. First of all it was some frangelico flavoured meringue bossoms, complete with pink nipples (which unfortunately didn't turn out as perfectly as hoped, I blame the addition of alcohol... Yet, they still tasted okay and provided a laugh for the birthday boy)! Then on Sunday it was a nice tuna quiche for lunches throughout the week and Base 'n' Berry slice; a new invention by yours truely. I've written down the recipe and hopefully its success will repeat! If you give it a try, please tell me how your results were!

Base ‘n’ Berry slice
For base
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
  • 1 egg

For top
  • ½ cup of apple juice
  • 1 cup approx of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • At least 1 cup of frozen berries

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, apple juice and oats (enough to make mixture sufficiently less runny). Gently mix in berries. Stir into remaining dough mixture. Spread on top of base.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 - 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve warm or cold with cream, custard or icecream! Store in airtight container (don’t refrigerate... I think it would go soggy)


Thomas Bergin said...

I love the natural PJ look

Thomas Bergin said...

also the residing bottle of the Peace :)