Blackberries are in season in our fair part of the world. Although we don't have any berries in our immediate area, we do have plentiful berries growing wild just an hour south of our location.
Both Sir Knight and I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where blackberries grow in abundant profusion. In fact, the blackberry brambles are so aggressive that they are treated as nuisance weeds and routinely hacked to the ground. Not here. We treat our blackberries with great respect, eagerly anticipating plump, juicy berries every summer.
Having our "spies" to the south of us keep an eye on the ripening berries, and report every week as to their progress, we knew just the right time to hit the berry patch. Yesterday was the day!
Thursday, Miss Serenity and I spent the day in the kitchen, preparing all sorts of wonderful picnic food to take along on our berry picking expedition. Knowing that we would be leaving long before the sun peaked over the horizon, we planned for a breakfast on the road, as well as a picnic lunch. For breakfast, we made Scotch Eggs. They are wonderful cold and pack a lot of protein in a small package. They are perfect for a bunch of hard-working berry pickers in the wee morning hours. After the Scotch Eggs were wrapped and cooling the refrigerator, we went to work on the rest of our picnic fare. We mixed up a large batch of chicken salad (for sandwiches), made a large pan of brownies and last, but best of all, we made a batch of scones. Our plan was perfect. After picking berries all morning, we would find a nice spot for a picnic, and while we were eating our hearty lunch, we would heat our scones under the windshield of our car. Dessert was our crowning moment. Fresh, warm scones with FRESHLY picked blackberries topped with whipped cream (packed in the cooler)! Life just can't get any better!
|Miss Serenity & Master Calvin making breadcrumbs|
|Making Scotch Eggs|
|Packaged and ready for the refrigerator|
|A panful of brownies|
|Miss Serenity's friend Princess Leah|
|Playing on the railroad tracks|
|Done for the morning|
|Pies waiting for crusts!|