Mom’s Blackberry Jam

Every single year since I can remember, my parents have gathered blackberries to make jam for the rest of the year. This year I insisted on going with them on one of their trips, as I did when I was a child.

We went to one of their secret blackberry spots and within 40 minutes we had gathered 11.2 oz of delicious blackberries 🙂 As they has already been out twice within the last week (with a total gathering of 36 oz), I took home all the berries and began thinking of different way to use them. My parents made jam out of their HUGE portion and gave to the neighbor family who LOVE it (we have received several pictures of babies (and their parents) with jam all over the face).

As other people often have different and/or great ideas, I asked followers on our Facebook site and as expected they came with a dozen of great ideas. Besides this delicious jam recipe, I have decided to make blackberry vinegar, blackberry liqueur, blackberry vodka, blackberry ice cream and the rest went into the freezer for smoothies or cupcakes 🙂

Has anyone of you been on blackberry hunt this summer??

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Ingredients

2 cups blackberries

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 lemon, juice

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Place all the blackberries and the lemon juice in a saucepan. Let stand at medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring every other second minute so all berries get warm. It should end up looking like the picture below.IMG_0992

Add the sugar, combine and remove from the heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. It takes 5-7 minutes of constant stirring. Using a wooden spoon, you can feel when the sugar has dissolved. You can stop stirring when the ‘crunchy’ feeling of sugar is gone.IMG_0993

Transfer to a clean jar, close the lid and refrigerate immediately. Use within 3-4 weeks.

If you want it to last longer (if you make a large portion to last until next blackberry season), you can add a teaspoon of liquid preservatives just before you pour it into the jar.

Serve with pancakes, breakfast rolls, ice cream or use it when making sauces 🙂IMG_0999

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Ingredients

500 g blackberries

280 g sugar

1/2 lemon, juice

Easy Leftover Brunch

Last night we had Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing and Italian tomato salad. We were not as hungry as we thought when we made it, and therefor ended up with some leftovers which we decided to use for brunch today 😀

We admit that it is an untraditional brunch, but it is definitely not the last time that we’ll make it! As we only had 4 chicken wings left, we also made some Popeye eggs which was perfect when combined with the spicy chicken and the fresh tomato salad.

 

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Italian Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Popeye Eggs

Serve with a good cup of coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice (or a cold beer if it is hangover day :-D)

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Breakfast Pancakes

Are you wondering what to serve for brunch? If yes, try these delicious and fluffy pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup.

Not only do they taste fabulous, but they also leave a hour long sweet aroma in the the entire house.

If you want to make these, but hesitate as you are out of buttermilk or don’t want to use alcohol when cooking, don’t worry – both can be replaced with regular milk. And remember, if you don’t eat all of them at once, you can freeze them in tinfoil with baking paper between each pancake.

Hope that you and your family will enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

 

Ingredients (14 pancakes)

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup beer

1 cup flour

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1 tbs. granulates sugar

 

Strawberries

Raspberries

Maple syrup

 

Separate eggs into whites and yolks. Whisk the egg whites with the granulates sugar, until you have a meringue with soft peaks. Set aside while making the rest of the batter.

In another bowl whisk together egg yolks, milk, beer, vanilla sugar, cane sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined and the batter is smooth.

Shift in flour, 1/4 cup at a time and whisk until completely smooth.

Fold the meringue into the batter. Fold until just combined. Be careful not to whisk, as it will ruin the light consistency of the finished pancake. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Bake the pancakes on a hot frying pan with a bit of butter.

1 pancakes = 1/3 cup pancake batter 🙂

Slice the berries and arrange them on top of the pancakes. Pour some maple syrup over the pancakes and berries and serve with a hot cup of hazelnut coffee 🙂

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Ingredients (14 pancakes)

2 eggs

1.25 dl buttermilk

1.25 dl beer

2.5 dl flour

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1 tbs. granulates sugar

 

Strawberries

Raspberries

Maple syrup

 

Country Style Sausage Gravy

We know it, you know it , everybody knows it – sundays with a hangover can be terrible! Not only do you have a headache, but you also feel that your have aged at least 10 years.

On such a day, there is nothing better than some feel-good-eating and a hangover beer. For us, feel-good-eating is easy, delicious and home cooked and this is exactly what this country style sausage gravy is. We promise that you won’t regret trying it – and we believe that this won’t be the last time either 😀

 

Ingredients (2-3 servings)

10 slices bacon, chopped

1 pound sausage meat

2 tbsp. butter

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

1 red chili

1 tbsp. thyme leaves

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

Salt

Pepper

ImageFry the bacon until it is crisp. Remove bacon from the pan but leave in the melted fat. Then fry the sausage meat for 5-7 minutes before adding the crispy bacon. Mix well and remove all meat from the pan.

While frying the meat, you can chop the onion, garlic and chili.

Add butter to the pan and let melt. Just before the melted butter turns brown add the chopped onions, garlic, chili and thyme leaves. Fry until the onions are glassy, it takes 2-3 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent the garlic from burning and turning the dish into a bitter garlic experience.

Add flour a little at a time and stir until all flour lumps are gone. When all flour is added begin to slowly pour in milk while whisking. Make sure that the milk is absorbed before adding more. Take the sauce off the heat when it is smooth and creamy, and add fried sausage meat and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Serve immediately with delicious southern biscuits 🙂 We promise that you’re going to love it!!

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Ingredients (2-3 servings)

10 slices bacon, chopped

450 g sausage meat

2 tbsp. butter

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

1 red chili

1 tbsp. thyme leaves

0.6 dl flour

5 dl milk

Salt

Pepper

 

Orange Pancakes

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and there is love in the air and what better way to celebrate both, than making delicious breakfast?

These pancakes are delicious on their own or as part of a brunch (or even as a dessert with a good quality vanilla ice cream:-)) The combination of the traditional pancake and the fresh orange zest, makes you want to eat all them yourself!

 

Ingredients (14 pancakes)

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup beer

1 cup flour

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1 tbs. granulates sugar

2 organic oranges, zest

 

Separate eggs into whites and yolks. Whisk the egg whites with the granulates sugar, until you have a meringue with soft peaks. Set aside while making the rest of the batter.

In another bowl whisk together egg yolks, milk, beer, vanilla sugar, cane sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and orange zest. Whisk until combined and the batter is smooth.

Shift in flour, 1/4 cup at a time and whisk until completely smooth.

Fold the meringue into the batter. Fold until just combined. Be careful not to whisk, as it will ruin the light consistency of the finished pancake. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Bake the pancakes on a hot frying pan with a bit of butter.

1 pancakes = 1/3 cup pancake batter 🙂

Serve with maple syrup and glass of freshly squeezed and ice cold orange juice.

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Ingredients (14 pancakes)

2 eggs

1.25 dl milk

1.25 dl beer

2.5 dl flour

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1 tbs. granulates sugar

2 organic oranges, zest