Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

Minoo shared a dessert recipe to complement the Chicken Rice Casserole and Carrot Salad in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.

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The dessert is Blueberry Yogurt Parfait.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, about 1/2 large lime
  • lime zest from the lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups drained low-fat yogurt or low-fat Greek style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts or unsweetened shredded coconut

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Fresh Blueberry Pie

For dessert, Michelle shared a Fresh Blueberry Pie. Blueberries are in season locally in June.

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This fresh Blueberry Pie is best served with whipped cream.

Blueberry Health Benefits: information provided by the North American Blueberry Council

  • Fresh blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, the pigments responsible for the blue color of blueberries. Antioxidants are important because they appear to be at least partially responsible for lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants do this by protecting the body’s blood vessel walls, making them more resistant to damage caused by oxidation.
  • Antioxidants also seem to have a role in delaying the aging process. Fresh blueberries contain 15 different anthocyanins, as well as other antioxidants like Vitamin C.
  • Research indicates that adding half cup of fresh blueberries to an average daily variety of fruits and vegetables consumed by an individual would essentially double the body’s antioxidant level.
  • Fresh blueberries are rich in Vitamin C and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • Fresh blueberries contain iron, potassium and other important minerals, and are a good source of dietary fiber.
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • fresh blueberries, washed and dried to fill pie shell
  • whip cream
Blueberry Glaze
  • 1 cup additional fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

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Source: via South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club
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Oatmeal Blueberry Muffin

Mary requested for a recipe of blueberry muffin. Minoo has many blueberry muffin recipes but this recipe that Minoo shared is one she has never try before. She likes that there is oatmeal in this recipe.

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This Oatmeal Blueberry Muffin has a very moist batter. Minoo added some freshly ground flax seeds for additional nutrition. Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 essential fatty  acid and high in fiber and lignans. Some of health benefits of flax seeds are:

  • lower cholesterol
  • fight diabetes
  • fight constipation
  • fight cancer
  • fight inflammation
  • fight menopausal systoms
  • fight heart disease

You can check out this article for more details.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup bluberries
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground flax seeds

You can use fresh or frozen blueberries for this recipe.

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Source: via Minoo

Makes 12 muffins

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Blueberry Boy Bait

When I posted a deal on organic blueberry on my facebook ($1.69 per pound), my friend, Jess suggested me to bake a Blueberry Boy Bait. I was fascinated with the name and did a search on the internet. Here is what I found from www.cookscountry.com.

In 1954, a 15-year-old girl won second prize in the junior division of a Pillsbury baking contest with a moist and tender blueberry cake that was named after the effect it had on teenage boys–one bite and they were hooked. Topped with cinnamon-sugar and loaded with blueberries, it straddled the divide between coffee cake and dessert cake.

The Blueberry Boy Bait is indeed moist and tender. The cinnamony crust on top gives a contrast of texture with a light crunch. I love the aroma of cinnamon that fills the kitchen during baking.

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You can make the Blueberry Boy Bait using fresh or frozen blueberries. If you use frozen blueberries, do not thaw them or else the cake will be stained with blueish color.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, toss in 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

Topping

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Source: this recipe is adapted from www.cookscountry.com

Prep time: 30 minutes;  Bake time: 50 minutes;  Serves 12

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Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Jenny and Minoo teamed up to make two different types of cakes in the Caring Place Community Kitchen. Jenny is a new addition to this community kitchen.

We learned that Jenny is strong believer of organic food. She is very health conscious and try to avoid processed food as much as possible.

So, what is organic food? Organic food is food that is produced without the usage of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage sludge or genetically modified. Organic food is food that is processed without adding food additives or ionizing radiation. As for the animals, organic means the animals were reared without the usage of antibiotics or growth hormones. In layman term, organic food is food that is grow naturally without human intervention.

Jenny shared with us a Blueberry Cake. She used frozen organic blueberries. During the blueberry season in summer, Jenny bought 100 pounds of organic blueberries and freeze them for her consumption for the rest of the year until the next season. Jenny told us she makes blueberries smoothies every morning for her breakfast.

Jenny baked her Blueberry Cake in a heart shape pan in view of the coming of Valentine’s Day. I had so many posts lining up that I had to post this after Valentine’s Day.

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The warm blueberries nestled in a light. lemony cake make this cake the perfect fianle for any meal. It is excellent for coffee time or snacking too.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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Blueberry Muffin

Minoo’s second recipe is a healthy Blueberry Muffin made with whole wheat flour and honey. Minoo uses frozen blueberry because blueberry season is over. The frozen blueberry is as good as the fresh one.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries

I will not blog in details of the process of making the blueberry muffin as I had blogged about a Banana Blueberry Muffin earlier. The steps will be similar.

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Banana Blueberry Muffin

This Banana-Blueberry Muffin is a recipe from Betty Crocker. Banana and blueberries blend well together with the sweetness from the banana and tartness from the blueberries.

I got this recipe from the web in my early days of learning how to cooking six years ago. Since then, it’s been a classic in my family every blueberry season.

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana (1 medium)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and well drained) blueberries.

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U-Pick Blueberries

Updated on 29th July 2012

Click here for a list of organic blueberry farms in BC.

Updated on 8 August 2009

This year’s blueberries price is right for comsuners as supply outstrips demand.  The following are blueberry farm sales extracted from the Richmond Review and other source:

Farm Address Phone Notes
Bakshi BlueberryFarm 9431 No. 6 Rd. 604-275-9163 gate sales and U-Pick
Blueberry Lane 7000 No. 5 Rd. 604-273-6871 gate sales
Fishers Blueberry Farm 9311 No. 6 Rd. 604-916-6401 gate sales
DFG Organic Blueberries 11071 Blundell Rd. 604-273-5829 Open weekends for U-Pick only
No. 5 Blueberry Farm 7040 No. 5 Rd 604-303-8733 gate sales and U-Pick
KNN Blueberry Farms 11590 Granville Ave. 604-781-9993 gate sales and U-Pick
Birak Berry Farms 6311 No. 5 Rd., 3600 No. 6 Rd., 9111 No. 6 Rd. 604-328-9269 gate sales and U-Pick
Birak Berry Farms No. 4 Rd & Francis gate sales and U-Pick
Canwest Farms Ltd Blundell and Sidaway (look for red barn) 604-244-0488 gate sales
Sandhu’s Farm (Cal-San Berries) 12791 Blundell Rd. 604-715-6644 gate sales
Driediger Farms 7361 240 Street, Langley 604-888-1685 U-Pick

Polly invited us to the U-Pick Blueberries last weekend. We have never been to pick blueberries before and never knew where the U-Picks were; even though there are a lot of blueberry farms all over Richmond.

Polly found one on 11071 Blundell Rd. Coincidentally the owner of the farm were from Malaysia too. We found it spooky when another customer in the farm on that day were also from Malaysia. You can always spot a Malaysian accent with their unique version of English — I call it Manglish!

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This farm does not sell blueberries at all because he apparently had a lot of orders. He told us that he had already orders for batches of 50lbs or 100lbs that he can hardly fulfill!

Blueberries are native to North America and Eastern Asia. They grow on shrubs as high as 8 ft tall. The blueberry season typically runs from May to October every year.

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Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry is in the season now. I bought some from the groceries store but it’s still expensive in this time as it costs $2.99 per pound.

Blueberries are powerful inflammation fighters and antioxidants. The antioxidants found in blueberries help to reduce the risk of cancer. Certain compounds found in blueberries (also found in cranberries) are found to have a significant impact in reducing degradation of the brain as in Alzheimer’s disease. Research also showed that blueberries prevent urinary tract infections.

I made this blueberry buckle for my family for all the goodness of blueberries.

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The blueberry buckle has a very crunchy topping and the cake is slightly tangy from the blueberries. Arkensen loves it.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I use margarine)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups blueberries

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour or more
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup soft butter

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