I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. I recently started working full-time at a bakery in Manhattan, and I’d forgotten how mentally draining it feels after a busy day at work. I interact with people all day long, and it is becoming increasingly hectic as we move into our busy season. I am really enjoying it there, and frankly I’m grateful to have a full-time job in this economy. But it’s been tricky trying to balance self-care with working full-time again. I need to get better at learning how to schedule my time. I think some people call that time management. I’ve only gone to yoga a few times this month, and recent weekends have consisted mainly of basic requirements i.e. buying groceries, picking up dry cleaning, etc. The older I get, the more I realize that perhaps I just need to accept the fact that I am the type of person who needs to keep constant lists so as not to forget what it is I need to do and/or want to do in the future. Oh right! I enjoy going to movies during the week! It takes me out of my head, and sometimes even makes me feel things.
My husband made fun of me the other night. I was telling him that I felt guilty for bailing on next month’s book for my book club. “I REALLY don’t like it”, I whined. “And there are just SO MANY books on my reading list that I can’t be bothered to finish a book if it doesn’t grab me right away.” He smiled and responded with, “Wow, sounds like you’re grappling with a big problem there.” And that is why I love him. He has a way of finding humor in almost anything. If feeling guilty about not finishing a book is my biggest problem right now, I guess I’m doing ok in the self-care department. Until I discover a movie that I can’t get through…oh god.
I made this Blueberry Cobbler w/ Cheddar Biscuits recipe at the peak of summer when blueberries were in the ether in this part of the country. I was craving a baked fruit dessert and this looked tantalizing. It fell a bit flat and I’m not sure why. It was neither overly sweet nor too heavy. It was just kind of bland. I think I would make it again with a tad more sugar and cinnamon. That said, you better believe I scraped the blueberries off the biscuits and ate them with homemade granola for added sweetness and crunch. I couldn’t let the ENTIRE dessert go to waste.
Blueberry Cobbler w/ Cheddar Biscuits
Adapted from How Sweet It is
3 cups blueberries
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
cheddar biscuit topping
2/3 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
7-8 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, toss the blueberries with the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon and add them to a 6 or 8-inch oven-safe skillet.
3. In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
4. Add in the butter and mix with a fork, pastry blender or your fingers until the butter is in crumbs and pieces.
5. Fold in the grated cheese, then stir in the milk and vanilla extract until a dough has come together but is just combined.
6. Spoon the dough on top of the blueberries.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is set and the blueberries are juicy and bursting.