There are Saskatoons at the dog park. (Sandy Beach, and the hill up to and down from Brittania.)
I noticed this when I was about two-thirds of the way through my latte. Stopping by a particularly fruitful bush, I chugged it so that I could fill my cup with Alberta’s Own blueberries. As in Blueberries for Sal, I walked along the path, dropping berries into my little bucket: kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk. (Only it was more like tut, tut, tut – far more unceremonious in my Starbucks cup.) I went home with the better part of a grande – enough to make muffins. Sundays, after all, are meant for making muffins.
(But then W ate most of them – just like in Blueberries for Sal – and I had to pad the muffins a bit with some Saskatoons my neighbour brought over.)
I recalled a recipe for Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins from Joy the Baker (and wow, have you checked out her newly-made-over website?) – I am enamoured of browned butter anything – it’s even fantastic over popcorn – and this was no exception. I knocked the butter down to 1/3 cup (from 7 tablespoons, just shy of half a cup) – but if you’re trying to better your fat intake, these work smashingly with canola oil instead. The batter is thick; just enough to hold 2 cups of berries together. A few months ago I made a similar crumble for the tops of other muffins, and because I for some reason always view this as a bit of a (albeit delicious) hassle, I made a big batch (while I was at it) and froze it. Now I have a baggie of brown sugar rubble to toss over fruit, or muffins, or whatever needs to be made a little homier/fancier by a little smattering of something. Simple.
A dozen (less a few) homemade muffins tucked in the freezer will help alleviate some of my guilt over sneaking out of the house at 5 am for the next two weeks in order to take over traffic duties on the Eyeopener. (Listen if you’re up – CBC Radio One – 1010 AM, 99.1 FM – and please do call if you see a traffic snarl.)
Or hey, I could bring them in for the crew and score a few extra brownie points.. muffin points?
Dinner was leftovers – lemony parsley potato salad with peas, marinated tomatoes and burgers from last night, eaten naked with our fingers, dipped in ketchup. I think they were better today. It would never occur to me to add sesame oil and nutmeg to a burger – let alone together – but it totally worked. And it was such a big batch that I now have a stash in the freezer for inevitable dinner emergencies.