Restorative time has been the course of the last week. After surgery, I’ve been making the slow march back to the world of the upright. The kindness and care from neighbors and friends has been the strongest medicine and the warmest rehabilitation. Used to tending to patients from the bedside, I think it has been good for me to spend a short season in the bed myself. Helplessness is an important master of ceremonies to entertain from time to time—a reminder that the show goes on without you. And it’s a good show, worth not missing.
Sometimes it’s your job to munch on popcorn and take a seat in the audience of things. I was sent the most delicious flavored popcorn from GH Cretors which I enjoyed on the sickbed couch with mugsful of Saints Coffee from CC’s Coffee. I love dark coffee and the Saints blend is a delicious dark roast, just my style. Looking forward to more Monday night couch time in the football season to come with both of these tasty delights! Comment below to win a Popcorn Giveaway from GH Cretors! Deadline is Sept 16th, midnight.
For now, I have gratitude brownies to bake for the cast of my recovery. Decided to take one of favorite cookbooks off the shelf and use some Stoneridge orchards blueberries to bake some delicious brownies.
Blueberry Walnut Brownies
Adapted from Farm to Table Desserts
4 ounces dried Stoneridge blueberries
4 oz unsalted butter
2 cups dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 inch square pan. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat. When completely melted, remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate, stir until smooth. Add the dried blueberries to the chocolate. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla, then blend in the melted chocolate mixture. Add the flour, the walnuts, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix until just incorporated. Spread the brownie batter in the pan, you can top with more blueberries, I suggest the chocolate covered ones. Bake for 30-35 minutes.