Thursday, 11 August 2011
Last August, we went to the Malvern Hills for a day trip to do some hiking. I picked a trail sort of randomly and we made the hour drive, found the parking lot, strapped the then 8 month old James into a Moby, snapped a harness on Beau and started out. The trail had a short diversion to a lake, and some really overgrown parts that had ferns and wildflowers almost completely covering the path which was kind of cool. But the biggest surprise we had was stumbling upon a big patch of wild blueberries which we only noticed because there was a woman filling a basket with berries to take home. We stopped, picked and ate our fill, but sadly, didn't have anything to put extras into.
So as summer came around this year, I started thinking about the berries, and the hike we took, and we decided to go back last weekend to revisit the same trail. We found the trail, found the low lying bushes, and again ate our fill (well actually I think James would've kept eating them all day long if we didn't leave).
That's all juice on his face. He was purple until bath time.
We brought along a large container this time and took some berries home with us. I wanted to bake something with them to sweeten them a bit and bring out their flavor, they're teeny-tiny and not as sweet as cultivated berries but they have a really intense blueberry flavor. I decided on some simple blueberry muffins and used a recipe from Annie's Eats. They were perfect! Seriously the best blueberry muffin recipe I've tried. Here's the muffin recipe, and if you're lazy like me, I skipped the crumb topping and didn't miss it at all.