Sunday, June 28, 2009

The best blueberry pie we ever made

I came up with the recipe for the filling--I was inspired by the article in the July/Aug. 2008 issue of Cook's Illustrated to add a grated apple to take advantage of the apple's pectin for thickening the filling. So I modified my usual recipe to incorporate the grated apple, and it's the best blueberry pie we've ever had! Not only does the apple enhance the texture, but it adds a fantastic tartness behind the sweet blueberries. I also made the crust, and Paul did all the rolling, assembling (and photography).

Blueberry pie

Pastry for double crust

For filling, mix all together:
6 c. frozen blueberries
3/4 c. agave syrup (or honey, or rice syrup, or sugar)
1 granny smith apple, peeled and grated on the large holes of a grater
Grated zest of one lemon (1/2 to 1 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. instant tapioca
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (or nutmeg)
Dash of salt

Bake at 400F for ca. 50 min., until crust is golden and filling bubbly.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's not the perfect needle, and that's OK

I started my Hexacomb Cardigan, and I wanted, desperately, to knit this on wooden straights. I don't enjoy circulars. They're always attached--always moving against each other--there's no independence of motion!

But it was just too much cotton yarn on too small a needle, and I couldn't find a longer straight needle--the cotton just wouldn't scrunch up small enough on the straights.

And I wanted to get going, so when I couldn't find a wooden circular of the right size at either local yarn store, and I did find a metal pair at the second, I bought that pair--so slippery! The yarn's just slipping all over! But that's ok. I get to knit now.

And, sure, I could have mail ordered a wooden circular, but then I wouldn't have given some money to a LYS--in this economy, I want every dollar staying in my community. If I want an LYS, I have to spend money at an LYS--so I bought the metal circulars. Maybe someday if I have more spare money than I do now, I'll buy a wooden pair.