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Monday, 19 August 2013


In Laredo, Nicole and Kepler

played a Spice rack smelling game

Nicole says, "He was more interested in staring at thyme than smelling it."

"Lol he was absolutely HORRIFIED by sage of all things."

"Nutmeg and ancho chili are his favourites...weird kid."

Nicole amended," Lol, it’s actually ginger he likes, not nutmeg."


In Surrey, B.C., with blackberries growing wild all over the place, I’ve gotten inventive, too,  so here’s my very own


Rinse 1 to 2 cups blackberries and leave to drain well.
Butter a 9x9 pan.
Start preheating oven to 400 degrees.
Fill an electric kettle with water and set it to boil.

Now make a biscuit dough:
            1 cup flour
            1 tbsp baking powder
            ¼ tsp salt
            ¼ cup softened butter
            ½ cup milk
·        Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and butter in a food processor.
·        Transfer to a bowl and lightly stir in the milk.
·        Turn onto a floured counter and dust with more flour.
·        Pat or roll out into a 12x14 rectangle.

·        Sprinkle the dough with the blackberries, ¼ cup brown sugar, and ½ tsp cinnamon.

·        Roll the dough up like a Jelly Roll and cut into thick slices.  Transfer to the baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour,  and 1/8 tsp salt.
Stir in 2 cups boiling water. 
·        Pour this over the slices in the baking pan.
·        Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
·        Reduce heat to 350 and bake 15 more minutes.

There will be LOTS of delicious sauce.  Serve the pudding HOT with vanilla ice cream!