Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Oh, right. Sharing is NICE.

Last night, as a special treat, I bought myself a box of organic blackberries.

I imagined that today I would sit by myself in the middle of the work day and savor each fat berry.

Blackberries are my favorite fruit. I would eat them all the time if only a tiny box didn't cost $437 million dollars.

Oh, to live in Seattle where the blackberries grow like weeds...

My southern-raised Granny makes excellent
blackberry dumplings.

She has made them for our family for as long as I can remember and there have been many, many times that she has made them just for me.

I bet
she didn't always feel like rolling out the dough. She always did it anyway.

This morning, The Rooster had THE INSATIABLE HUNGER.

She ate a plate full of eggs, a packet of cheese and four thick slices of Hebrew National Beef Salami. Then she asked for more cheese.

We went to the refrigerator together and she saw my berries.

"I want berries," she said.

[Of course.]

I took them out and set them in front of her at the little table in the kitchen.

I sat with her and watched wistfully as each plump berry disappeared into her small mouth.

One by one she ate them all up.

Oddly, I enjoyed them almost as much as if I had eaten them myself.


blackberries

Granny’s Blackberry Dumplings

Ingredients:
3 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening (butter, margarine or Crisco)
1 egg (beaten)
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 cup ice water

Freshly picked blackberries
Sugar
Butter

Directions:
Mix flour, salt and shortening.

In a separate bowl, mix egg, vinegar and ice water.

Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture and refrigerate dough overnight.

Divide dough into 10 - 12 small balls. Roll each ball out into a circular shape. Fill with as many blackberries as you can and add 1/4 cup sugar and a pat of butter. Fold the dough around the berries, sugar and butter to form a dumpling.

Put the dumplings in a baking dish together.

Cook for 10 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 450 degrees. After 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and cook for an additional 40 minutes.

91 comments:

SciFi Dad said...

my daughter knows to hit me up for the whipped cream off my dessert (I usually save it while my wife eats it first.) She will also pilfer my last piece of anything if she likes that item in the meal.

Tabba said...

Mmmmmm. Dumplings. Blackberries. Mmmmmmmm.

It is a common fight here. I try to stash strawberries for my Special K and Gracie can eat them like there is no tomorrow.

My g-father had a blackberry vine growing in between his & his neighbor's yard. He would call me as soon as the blackberries were ripe.
I would stand there for hours.....picking and munching.

Patience said...

What?!? No picture of a blackberry stained Roo???

QueenB said...

Yeah, that's how it goes. But blackberries are better than ice cream for breakfast, right?

And thanks for the recipe. I will try it once blackberries are in season (you know, that whole two hours) and not so expensive.

QT said...

YUM! I have to try that. I love berries more than any fruit, and blackberries most of all.

And yes, in WA we actually had to BURN the vines down to be able to clear them, what with all the thorns. I know, that is a traumatizing thought for you. Sorry.

Mary Alice said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds good. I grew up in Northern California and one of my all time favorite smells is a black patch on a really hot afternoon. If they could bottle that smell I would dab it behind my ears and drive all the men wild. Also, I make a mean blackberry cobbler. I made one last week for a neighborhood BBQ and my neighbor who is sadly On A Diet, absconded with an entire plateful and went into her house “to be alone with it” - I was a little scared.

Theresa said...

I'm trying out that recipe this weekend! Blackberries are my favorite - I just bought some from Steward Leonards....and ate them all.

Rumor has it that my boyfriend's grandmother is giving me one blackberry, one rasperry and one blueberry bush as a housewarming gift. That would be fantastic!

NotSoSage said...

Oh, aren't we just the sweetest little mommybloggers, sharing recipes over the internet! And apparently we both love blackberries.

Have you ever read Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels? There's a line in there very similar to what you wrote: a man recalling when, as a starving husband during the war, some soldiers tried to torture him by feeding his wife in front of him. He was just so happy to see her eat. It was one of many incredibly touching moments in the book.

Rachel said...

Hey, thanks for the recipe. You are a better woman than I. I would have taken them and eaten them secretly in the closet or something.

Maybe you guys need to go on a family blackberry-picking expedition in the country. They do grow down South, at least where I'm from.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

No way. I do not share my favorite food with SF...Let her get her own.

aimee / greeblemonkey said...
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aimee / greeblemonkey said...

You = Good Mama.

Me = Evil Mama Who Would NOT Have Shared Her Berries With The She-Wolf Living In The Kitchen At That Moment.

And thanks for the recipe! YUM.

Magpie said...

Last year the little kiddies ate every last currant off of my mother's bushes - every single one in about an hour. And they're tart! We couldn't believe it.

Nice of you to let her eat them all!

jen said...

it's true, isn't it...the sharing of the sacred, as it's carelessly tossed down a toddler throat.

i kinda love that.

Ally said...

Just ignore the drool stains on this comment. I'm trying that recipe as soon as I can locate some berries... farmer's market here I come!

BTW, I love that we're in a different time zone, since it means you've already posted by the time I sit down to check at 7 a.m.!

Jan B said...

We have been waiting THREE YEARS for our thornless blackberry bushes to bear fruit. I hope this is the year!! I just love them. I make my own yogurt, which is much easier than I ever thought it could be, and those blackberries would be so good in it!

Adventures in Baby Fat said...

They grow like weeds here in Oregon as well. We go pick them every other year to do some canning. You get a patch of those blackberries in your yard and you might as well give up every having any hope of leaving. They are prolific buggars!

Blackberries in milk with a little bit of sugar was a treat for us after we'd pick them when we were kids. Yum. Sounds delicioso!

mommiebear2 said...

That happens alot around my house, I buy something I cannot wait to eat and then watch as one of my ltitle ones wolf it down. Thanks for the recipe.

Jen Magnuson said...

You are such a good mom! The whole container??? I would have given her half. I remember when we lived in the Pacific NW, going for runs and picking handfuls and handfuls of berries on my way home. I now live in the SW, where nothing grows, much less plump, juicy berries.

Bob said...

we have blackberries growing in our yard.

they aren't supposed to be, but the buggers are stubborn. more than I am, as they are still there.

alas, hebrew natnl salami picture is private, so no see!

Lisa Milton said...

Thanks for the recipe; my parents always have plenty of berries on their property. They are obnoxious vines - thorny and unforgiving if you get caught in them - but I love cobbler.

You are good people, sharing with the kiddo.

(I love the picture of Rooster over at the Cockroll. Perfect.)

BOSSY said...

Quit trying to make Bossy feel guilty for squirreling away the best foods behind milk gallons so high the kids can't see...

By the way: You should consider a move to the Northeastern states, where the organic berries are only $400 million dollars a pint.

Abbynormal said...

You are so dang sweet to share. I'm that way about strawberries and raspberries but I hoard them all selfish like.

slouching mom said...

I have the same relationship to blueberries as you do to blackberries.

Jack also reacts much the same way as The Rooster when he sees my blueberry stash. But I am not as nice as you. I ply him with frozen blueberries.

Anonymous said...

I'm drooling....

Thanks.

wimindance

Jenifer said...

You are a good Mom to share...why is it always our food they want! Just being on our plate (or mind) makes it better I guess.

Enjoy the berries when you get more! They grow wild near the cottage we visit in the summer and you are right they are delish.

Thanks for the recipe.

Heather said...

Mmmmmmmmm, berries of any kind. I hate it when I resort to hiding "my" food from the kids. On the other hand, thank goodness they want to eat something that is actually good for them, I usually give in.

Thanks for the recipe.

Cece said...

My kids do that with my strawberries. I pains me to share. They're lucky I love them.

Twisted Cinderella said...

Thanks for the recipe, it sounds wonderful! (isn't giving up your blackberries such a mom thing to do?)

mcewen said...

Ooo we are as one [nearly] I love the change of the seasons and we indulged ourselves similarly but with blackberry and apple crumble.
I assume you serve those dumplings with custard? None of that dreadful squirty pretend cream, or vile ice-cream!
Cheers

Aliki2006 said...

Yum, yum, YUM on that recipe!!! My love are raspberries but, you know, now I'm having a real hankering for blackberries!

karrie said...

We had all kinds of wild berries along the fields of the farm I grew up on. It is hard to pay the $437 million for a tiny box.

Mimi said...

Me, it's blueberries. Wild, not farmed. I once found this astonishing deal and got 10 pounds for 10$. Yeah, that's right. I ate them. It took me a week.

I ate more than a pound of blueberries every day, for a week. Me, I have THE HUNGER.

thordora said...

I hide mine in the back of the fridge lest Ros climb up the shelving and find them. They have berry radar I swear....

Iris said...

You are a WAY better mom than me, I would have tried to convince the child that they were yucky and that they wouldn't like them at all.

Chrissy said...

Oh my! Timmy would absolutely do that to me. Lesson learned: favorite food must be place out of view in the fridge.

In So. Cal, where I grew up, it's not blackberries - it's boysenberries! They are the most delicious berry on the face of the planet.

Jodi the Librarian said...

If I weren't so lazy, I would so give this recipe a try. Wild blackberries abound at our cabin. I'm more a cobbler girl, because it is eeeeeeasy.

Blog Antagonist said...

Oooooohhhhh, blackberries are my absolute favorite as well. Have you ever had Cracker Barrell's blackberry cobbler? Heaven.

You're a good Mommy for sharing. It's what we mommies do, right?

We should gtg for blackberry cobbler at Cracker Barell. Email me, k?

Augs Casa said...

I love fruit. I eat it at work everyday. My weakness is mangos. I can not have enough of them. I love to back, so I am going to attempt this blackberry dumpling. It sounds interesting.

Denguy said...

Ooo, I bought blackberries today. They shall be our supper's dessert.

ewe are here said...

Yum. Love berries. All berries!

As I tell my toddler when he does these things to me: I must love you an awful lot, MF!

heh heh

Cathy said...

Last weekend, I found my daughter crouched over a friend's counter, helping herself to the tray of strawberries and blackberries that had been carefully arranged for the GUESTS coming over for dinner.

Said guests found very little in the way of fruit by the time they arrived.

Veronica Mitchell said...

That sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try it.

My girls won't eat berries (I know! Insane!), so I understand how you feel about watching her eat. I would love it.

Biddy said...

thanks for the recipe! sorry you didn't get any berries though :(

Beck said...

Blackberries ARE delicious. WE have a blackberry patch in my incredibly idyllic yard.

Kim said...

the recipe sounds yummy :)

When my oldest goddaughter (Ophelia) was about 2, her mommy was often heard telling her "sharing is nice". I remember one day it came back to bite her in the butt...

Ophelia saw that her mommy was eating a chocolate bar (even though she was trying to hide it) so Ophelia asked for a bite, by reminding her mommy that "sharing is nice"...of course, it worked.

Nowadays when she comes to visit she's always eating up all my strawberries and pineapple...and I love her too much not to let her.

liv said...

gasp! Okay, they're not organic, but Publix did have them 4 for 5$ this week... But, oh, the Whole Foods in Colorado had them for 'sampling' last weekend. Did this sister ever sample!? I am almost embarrassed. Almost as much as when I took too much Strivectin from the sample at Sephora and smeared it on my belly stretchmarks in public.

Em said...

Oh wow...me and the kids would have had to play "one for you and one for me...two for you and two for me"

Hol&J said...

Yum, blackberries! Thanks for the recipe, it sounds great.

g-man said...

Take the seeds out and they would be perfect. At least you got to watch.

Believer in Balance said...

Now that's love! I jokingly say that to my daughters whenever I let one of them eat the peanut butter cup from my Friendly's sundae. But like you said, I enjoy watching my girls enjoy themselves.

Gingers Mom said...

Thank you for that recipe. I cannot WAIT to try it. Screw you Weight Watchers!!

My kids like to eat all my good stuff too. Little runts...

Shauna said...

That recipe sounds delicious!

Damn you. Now I've got to get blackberries on my way home!

Annie said...

Where does that little munchkin PUT all of that food? :-)

Lawyer Mama said...

Ahhhh! My kids always get me too. They somehow sense when I am holding back food for myself. I'd kick my husband's butt if he so much as *asked* for one of MY mangos, but the kids get whatever they want. It sounds like you're a softie too!

And I am SO making those dumplings this weekend. I'll make them with Splenda & let you know how it turns out. I have a whole nasty mess of blackberry brambles in my backyard. Thanks for the recipe!

Mel said...

I will be trying this, but not with blackberries.
One of the crowning ironies in my life is that I live in Oregon yet I hate salmon and don't like blackberries all that much. Oh, and I don't like beer, either.
My friends are all plotting to burn me as a heretic, but I stay one step ahead of them. ;)

Little Nut Tree said...

oooooh yummy!! Rowan always comes up to my tea and say... "I want that one mummy" to one of whatever I've got!

Chris H said...

There is no way I'd have shared with me kid.... MINE ! Sometimes I can be the most awful mum! hee hee. The Blackberry dumplings sound awesome.

CamiKaos said...

that's love. it makes me all mushy.

in 2 hours my little family will be off to our farmer's market down the street and I will make sure to get a blackberry box so I can try that recipe. It sounds amazing.

katy said...

I wish you lived closer I would share. We picked so many berries last year I still have bags frozen in the freezer and it will soon be picking time again. Superhubby likes to pick in coffee cans and he kept going back, I bet he picked 20 coffee cans full last year and there were plenty more.

Damselfly said...

Oh yes, blackberries! My second favorite after blueberries. Blackberries are the only fruit I liked when they're cooked. So -- thanks for Grandma's recipe!

Mommy off the Record said...

You are a nice mommy. I would have done the whole "one for you, one for me thing" at the very least.

By the way, that mother of all memes post was INSANE. I bow down to your meme-a-licious greatness.

moosh in indy. said...

OH. MY. GOSH.
Blackberries had better be native in Indiana. And whoo-ee for the seedy poop in your house tomorrow, as if corn were bad.

mothergoosemouse said...

Mmmmm...those dumplings sound divine.

Kyle is from Oregon where blackberries ARE weeds. He bought a small container of them for Mother's Day - the first time he's ever purchased blackberries. I treated it as the momentous occasion it was.

carmachu said...

Yup. Never let them see food you like.....you'll never get to eat it...

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Why is it our children always want what we covet the most. They could have a freezer FULL of ice cream sandwhiches, fudge pops, and ice cream, but they ALWAYS want the weight watchers fudge bars...ALWAYS! UGH! :)

I must have been absent the day they taught sharing at school!

Momish said...

You are so nice. I always said one of the worst things about having a kid is sharing the food. I dread the day I actually allow her to eat candy. Right now, that is the only thing I get to eat all myself!

You're the best mom!
(P.S. Sorry for the trouble you had on my blog; I hope it is now gone! Thanks for letting me know.)

Queen Karana said...

Wow... you didn't even get one? You're a good mommy. I probably would've been trying to wrestle the kids for 'em. If I liked blackberries that is. But raspberries... yum.

Slackermommy said...

I love me some blackberry dumplings!

Seattle Mamacita said...

bring that recipe on down to Seattle... i'll pick the blackberries. They'll be enough for everyone to get their fingers a nice shade of merlot :)

Haley-O said...

What is it with toddlers and blackberries? The monkey LOVES them, too! Too bad they're, like, the MESSIEST fruit EVAH!!!

Ponygirl said...

Oh I remember those berry dumplings at your grandparents house. And guess what? Eric and I walked to the Safeway tonight and found blackberries on sale for -- get this -- $1.00 per tin. We bought ten. Right now, in the oven, we have a batch of berry dumplings and a blackberry pie and I am so not lying. I couldn't use your pastry recipe because of the overnight refrigerator clause, but I improvised. I did, however, use the 1/4 cup of sugar per dumpling because I had a good feeling about that. I love you for sharing your recipe. I know how special it is to you.

DSB said...

Sounds mouthwatering; I'm not big on berries, but I bet my family would love it.

flutter said...

love the idea of you watching her eat those berries and loving them as though you'd eaten them yourself

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear oh the joys. You know what, I'm grown up now, but I would still probably do that to my mum... We both love blackberries!

Fidget said...

oh gah! I have 4 packages of blackberries waiting to me cobblerized but I may have to finagle a de-glutened version of this and give it a try.. oh yum!

Scribbit said...

I couldn't bear to actually cook one, I eat them plain and naked right out of the carton.

I'm with you they're my very favorite.

Gale said...

Wow. Never heard of blackberry dumplings. Nice post.

Ruth Dynamite said...

Must have dumplings. I'm totally hungry now.

tulipmom said...

"Oddly, I enjoyed them almost as much as if I had eaten them myself."

So true!

Sweet Boy loves picking the wild blackberries growing in Grandma's yard in Kentucky. He won't eat them, though. Maybe we'll give your recipe a whirl when we're there next month.

Kevin Charnas said...

I'm sorry, J. You're such a sweet Mama. Maybe next time hide them behind the chilled vodka. Or...soak them in vodka and if the Rooster see's them, you'll have a quiet morning.

Anyway, thanks so much for the recipe! I LOVE berries and have never heard of Blackberry dumplings. I copied the recipe and am going to make Will make them for me. :)

THANKS, BABY!

urban-urchin said...

i sometimes hide things I know the kids like too so that I can enjoy them all by my self (or as my daughter used to say "all my by selves")

I'll try the recipe- do you think it'll work as well with frozen blackberries?

KC said...

I was just thinking how great blackberry dumplings sounded...and then you included the recipe! Sweet!

Lotta said...

We have to hide the blueberries or Mack will eat them without censor till he has the squirts.

Holy Shit We are Getting Hitched said...

Thanks for the welcome! I already love your blog. The recipe will be tried. I grew up in Michigan where they grew wild in the woods behind our house. And now they cost as much as the electric bill.-- Beck

The Holmes said...

Oh man, LOVES me some blackberry cobbler! El yum!

Beckie said...

Here's the deal. I have these blackberries that I bought and I didn't know what to do with them. Well, now I do!

That is why the blogsphere is so cool?!

angela said...

um, yeah.i was at the farmer's market today and just couldn't pass up the blackberries, thanks to you!!!

Chaos Control said...

That, my friend, is precisely why I hide my berries in the back of the fridge where little eyes cannot find them!

Deb said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I'm so glad you linked to this recipe in today's blog. I must make these. The selling point? ADDING a pat of butter before you close up those little babies. Mmmm...

tubesy said...

I love this entry. And this recipe! I just put my first batch in the oven - after 10 minutes they already look delicious. Can't wait to taste them, and when I do I will think of this story!