Improv in the Kitchen. It’s a game a like to play quite often, really. When you buy something at the store or market without any intention of what to do with it. So you open your fridge and cabinets, checking out what you have and could possibly combine with said ingredient to make something awesome. Sometimes the end product is an epic fail and other times it’s great! You never really know what you’re gonna get, but that’s the fun of it. You should try it sometime.
For this past episode of Improve in the Kitchen, the key ingredient was blueberries. To be honest with you, I’m on the fence with blueberries. I like them, I do. I can almost feel my immune system flex as I nibble away on the juicy little blue balls of antioxidant awesome. And you have to give the blueberry some credit for its adaptability. She knows how to play it cool, to chill on the sidelines, to be that wingwoman that’s always down to go out and have a few drinks with you after you’ve broken up with your boyfriend for the fifth time and need to vent about it. But after a few drinks, you realize that you really just want to dance. Try as you might to bring her along for a few tequila shots and an epic dance floor sesh, she’s not really into that. Yeah, she’s just kind of boring. She’s sweet and compliments others well, but a blueberry just isn’t that exciting.
Enough blueberry bashing. I feel very strongly about second chances, about finding the best in everything and everyone. Sort of. And anyone who knows anything about blueberries knows that the frozen kind is far superior to the fresh form. So in the spirit of frozen blueberries, I turned this batch into popsicles, because on a hot summer day there’s almost no such thing as a bad popsicle. And after we demolished the badass batch of cilantro lime popsicles, I’ve been having very serious popsicle withdrawals.
This is how it all went down:
I took these babies, washed them and threw them in a saucepan with a cup or so of water and a couple tablespoons of honey on medium heat. While this was happening, I found some plain yogurt in the fridge and mixed a cup or so with honey to incorporate a bold tart/sweet flavor into the mix. After all the honey had melted into the liquid and the blueberries were bursting, I removed it from the stovetop to cool down.
Next, the mixture went into the blender.
Then through a cheesecloth into a bowl to strain all the larger particles and skin pieces out.
I poured a little of the yogurt/honey mixture into each, then added the blueberry/honey mix on top being careful in pouring softly to maintain the separation. I froze them for an hour or so, stabbed them with popsicle sticks and then froze for a few more hours.
AND BAM! Blueberries, they’re alright in my book.