I picked the first batch on the little lot beside my house, and managed to pick enough to make a blackberry pie, which I, umm, inhaled, over the course of a weekend. It wasn't one of my better efforts, but it tasted so good, especially since I'd picked the berries.
I kept my eye out for more on my walks and gee, guess what, there were lots and lots and lots more. So I picked them every couple of days and started freezing them. I wasn't able to get a lot at a time, maybe a cup or so, but they add up. I'm planning on making some blackberry jelly soon.
And yesterday, I picked even more. It also happened to be Friday and the night I get together with some ladies. I wanted to make something with the blackberries that didn't include heating an oven.
So I looked in the fridge, and found goat cheese. Just one of those items I stock up on when I get to the big city. And since I had some lemons out, I wondered how it would taste if I put some blackberries, lemon juice and goat cheese together. The reason for the lemon juice? It brings out the essential blackberry flavour of the juice.
When I tasted it, I decided that it was pretty darn good.
I have some more ideas on what I can do with this idea next. Maybe pipe it into some phyllo cups and decorate it with a big ol' berry on top or maybe as a filling in a layer cake, or...
So many possibilities.
3 oz. Goat Cheese
2-4 tablespoons Fresh Blackberry Juice (to taste)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons sugar (to taste)
1/2 cup whole Blackberries
Mix the first four ingredients together til smooth. You want this to be dip consistency.
Fold in the most of the blackberries reserving a few for garnish.
Serve with some graham crackers or pretzel crackers.
And because I'm freaky scared of snakes and some of the blackberries sat tantalizing me, just out of reach, I finally broke down and bought some Panacea Nikes, cause I had to push my way into the bush a little and I wanted my toes protected, from the snakes.