|Joy Loved Summertime|
Recipe by Joy and Robin
My dear friend Joy passed away rather suddenly early this year. Today, exactly in the middle of summer, makes me think of her. A fan of underappreciated holidays, she would have enjoyed celebrating today. Although Groundhog’s Day was her favorite day to throw a party, she did love summer, and hadn’t much use for the dark rainy days of winter. She would have loved contemplating why we celebrate mid-autumn (Halloween), mid-spring (Beltane), and even mid-winter (Groundhog’s Day) but not much is made of mid-summer. And we would have had fun exploring why summer solstice is called Midsummer, when it’s really the beginning of summer.
|Blackberry Cobbler a la Mode|
~2 1/2 cups blackberries
1 tsp. evaporated cane juice (raw sugar)
3 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. brown sugar
4 tbsp. oatmeal
¼ tsp. cinnamon (optional)
dash of salt
Wash the berries thoroughly and remove leaves if any. Mix with raw sugar. Pile berries into 3 ramekins, pushing them down into the dish slightly to make top more or less flat.
For topping combine flour, sugar, cinnamon if using, salt, and oatmeal. Stir in melted butter. Crumble the topping by hand onto the berries. Push topping down slightly onto berries to flatten top.
Bake at 350 degrees F till bubbly, about 20 - 25 minutes. To get the full Joy experience, serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.