I think that it's important for kids to understand where food comes from, and I absolutely love when we can pick food from the yard to cook! It's wonderful: seeing and learning about the plant, picking the food, and then creating something delicious with it in the kitchen!
We just visited my brother's garden and blackberries were among many edible things growing in his yard. Beautiful blackberries! We picked them and made this super sweet dessert sauce to eat over vanilla ice-cream with chocolate swirls in it. It was fantastic!
If you don't have a blackberry bush in your yard, you should be able to find great blackberries a the market through September.
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
Serves 2 to 4 (Makes about 1/2 cup) In a small sauce pot, bring the water to a boil with the mint leaves and sugar. Turn off the heat and cover, letting the mint steep for at least 15 minutes. Then remove the mint leaves with a tiny strainer or slotted spoon, turn the heat to medium-low, and add the blackberries to the pot. Simmer until the liquid is nicely thickened, about 20 minutes. Serve warm over ice-cream!