Thursday 2 March 2017

Blackberry limeade and ramdom moments

When I made chocolate blackberry cupcakes recently, I didn't read the recipe very well beforehand.  I had though I would make some blackberry syrup and use it in the cupcakes.  As it was, I made over 125ml and used 1 tablespoon of the syrup.  There was plenty over to play with.  We love making our homemade lemonade and limonade at home so I added some to a batch of limonade for a very pleasing change.

Every now and again, we make this homemade lemonade or limeade to keep in the fridge for a refreshing drink.  I really liked trying this different version.  Some recipes I looked at had more berries in this sort of drink but I was working with what I had.  Sylvia loved it and called it "berrinade"

I was really glad to use up the blackberries.  We bought a large punnet of the berries from the farmers market but I haven't had much time for cooking lately.  When we had a school picnic, I made cheese, onion and potato pasties because they are Sylvia's favourite but also because they are easy.  You can see them in the below photo.

Likewise this drink can be made really quickly.  I like the idea of taking along the berrinade but it is not terribly practical nor as popular as the pasties.  Sylvia's friends devoured the pasties but I have found some of them find our lemonade not quite sweet enough.  It is perfect for us.

On Tuesday this week I had a day so crazy that I was making dinner in stages between catching up with friends, a meeting at school and work.  It is so nice today not to have life turned up to 11.  I am really appreciating any down time.  So while I stop for a breather, I will share a few random moments from school that have made me smile.

  • I went to the first assembly of the year where the new kids in older classes were asked to introduce themselves.  Everyone got a great laugh from the boy who said his name was Donald Trump.
  • When I picked up Sylvia from school a week or so ago, the kids were all excited by a ghost called Bloody Mary.  Apparently if you scratch a mirror, turn off the lights and say her name three times, the ghost would appear.  All I could say was that it would be terrible if you did that by accident and summoned the ghost.
  • This term Sylvia is doing a kitchen garden program which involves both gardening and cooking each week.  She is loving it.  Sylvia knows her way around the kitchen as we spend a lot of time there.  She came home after the first one laughing about kids who scraped their fingers on the grater and had to be sent to the sick bay.

It is constantly entertaining to have a child about.  Last night when we ate tacos, she told me she had forgotten the glory of tacos.  Here are a few of her recent terms that I find endearing.
  • Wailer Wift - Taylor Swift
  • Chubby Butter - ciabatta
  • She's got a chicken to ride - She's got a ticket to Ride (by the Beatles)

More refreshing drinks on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Chilled apple green tea (gf, v)
Ginger beer (gf, v)
Iced apple chamomile tea (gf, v) 
Lemonade (gf, v)
Limeade (gf, v)

Blackberry limeade
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe and Food and Wine

 280g blackberries
1 and 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1 cup tap water
1 cup lime juice
Soda water (about 6-8 cups)
Blackberries, lime slices and ice blocks, to serve (optional)

Heat blackberries with 1/4 cup sugar over medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Strain to make about 1/2 cup blackberries syrup.  (Keep the pulp for baking such as these cupcakes.)  Meanwhile gently heat tap water and sugar until sugar dissolves.  Mix blackberry syrup, sugar mixture and lime juice.

To make up a glass we poured about 2 tablespoons of this mixture into a 250ml glass and filled it to near the top (ie added about 2/3 to 3/4 cup) of soda water.  Of course this can be altered to taste. If you wanted to be fancy you can add blackberries, ice blocks and put a slice of lime on the side or a wedge in your drink. We kept ours in the fridge for about 2 weeks. 

On the Stereo:
1: The Beatles


  1. I am smiling at your child-related news. Good on Sylvia for knowing her way around a grater (and kitchen) and I like that her school is promoting cooking and gardening. I think this drink sounds great and being not too sweet an excellent bonus.

  2. I think it's so important for kids to know their way around a kitchen. Well done Sylvia for being ahead of the crowd! I love little kid-isms. The drink sounds delicious... yay for using up the berries.

  3. Haha I love Sylvia's sayings. They're very cute! :D I tink I'm going to start calling Ciabatta "chubby butter" :P

  4. Ooooh your blackberry limeade looks delicious and a great way to use up the leftover fruit! I will have to come back to this recipe when it gets a little nicer here (it's going to be freezing in my area for the next few days).
    Bloody Mary always scared me when I was a kid, especially since my name is Mary! I guess that game makes the rounds!
    Sylvia's "chicken to ride" made me laugh so much! That was a great start to my Friday!

  5. Wow! Love those photos..... I think they are among the best I have seen on your blog! And the blackberry limeade sounds so refreshing.
    I adore the things that kids say as well.... I am sure Lennon would be chuckling in his grave to hear 'she's got a chicken to ride'! x

  6. Sylvia's expressions and inded they are endearing, it must be wonderful to hear her new words every day. The blackberry limeade is blooming marvellous too, loving the colour. I would have never thought of making lime or lemonade with blackberries.

    Re Bloody Mary, there is a movie called Urban Myths around Bloody Mary...I watched it with nephews and nieces a little while back and they were quiet amused.

  7. Sylvia's sayings are so cute. Your berryade looks refreshing.

  8. Sylvia is completely adorable. I imagine having her around makes life pretty fun. I love that she has a kitchen garden program - I wish we would have had that when I was young in school. It probably would have turned me over to the kitchen sooner.
    I like the berrinade - it sounds better than lemonade in my opinion. Looks delicious and refreshing.
    And ah yes - Bloody Mary. I was interested in that probably about the same age she is now. A friend and I tried it and although we saw no ghosts, we both swear to this day that our silhouettes in the mirror changed (my silhouette was in front of her and vice versa). Ah to be a kid again.

  9. Berrynade! I look at this and I just know it would be a lovely cocktail ingredient too. I remember the Bloody Mary story from when I was a kid too!


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