well I had planned to have a picture here of the snake that I just saw. It's blackberry time. I had just picked one blackberry (quality test) and was turning the corner when I saw the silky black sheen of a black snake entwined in one of the bushes that I was passing by. I came in to get my camera and snap a picture to impress you with my bravery and pushing aside fear for the sake of art and entertainment.
He was gone within the 3 minutes it took me to fetch my camera. I wasn't going to go search for him/her, for surely I wanted to avoid being surprised. If you know what wild blackberry brambles look like, you will know that they are quite overgrown with all sorts of things. This particular area was no exception.
One of my favorite things to do is make fresh fruit cobblers: plums, blackberries, peaches, cherries. What better way to herald in summer than a warm cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream. Perhaps it is a Southern thing, and to that I plead guilty. Two summers ago, I did my own test kitchen "thing" combining this recipe and that to find the best homemade biscuit topping for cobbler--even experimenting with putting the topping on the bottom. There was nary an unedible result, but biscuits made with cream and White Lily flour (or any type of lighter bisquit --NOT BISQUICK--flour) will do.
Side note on waffles---For any of you waffle lovers out there, consider making waffles from scratch during the weekend and freezing them. Then when ready to eat, defrost them slightly in the m-wave and then pop them into your toaster oven. It will be a lovely way to enjoy a fresh breakfast--top them with fresh fruit. Here's a recipe for you to try. It's one of the few waffle recipes that do not require your separating the eggs and beating the egg whites.
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 eggs, beaten
2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. salad oil
Here's a neat substitution. Substitute 1/4 cup of the flour with cornmeal--either white or yellow. It provides a crispier waffle. This is also something that you can do with your biscuit topping for cobblers. You could also add some oat/wheat bran (experiment with amounts, but start with 1/4 cup), to beef up the fiber.