The best blackberries and blueberries of the summer were part of my market-fresh loot from last weekend. Our favorite berry farm, Sidhu Farms, had flat after flat of unbelievable berries, each like the sweetest nectar! We bought way more than we could eat fresh, to freeze some for winter and to experiment with, too. I even walked home with a blue tongue, eating a whole pint along the way. I felt like a kid and meanwhile, every little kid who saw me eating blueberries from a big box, gave me a big smile :)
I was reminded of a little girl we saw once at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, I called her the Blueberry Girl. She was a beautiful little girl with the biggest blue eyes. Her parents brought her to the market every weekend, and this time of year, all you would see her eat was blueberries. It was a delight to watch this kid carry a big bag of blueberries and eat them one berry at a time :)
Ballard Sunday Farmers’ Market and the Ithaca Farmers’ Market are both full of wonderful farmers, wonderful foods, and beautiful children. With a bunch of happy people around you, how can it not make you happy :) A community market is the best definition of Sunday to me!
To bring three great summer flavors together, I made my Basil Berry Ice Pops using my Simple Basil Syrup. I used both blueberries and blackberries, and both were at their best. The combination of sweet and tart was just right with Simple Basil Syrup.
You can vary the measurements according to your tastes or the size of your molds. If you don’t have molds, you can use small cups with sticks in them, or just stick toothpicks in an ice cube tray full of the mixture. Basil Berry Ice Cubes would be beautiful in a drink!
I also happened to enjoy and photograph these ice pops in the last two days, which were two of the few (yes, I mean very few!) hottest days in Seattle this year. I am learning a lot about food photography, which has become a passion of mine. I had to eat them on a hot day, but especially then, this is one food to shoot and eat quickly. These were a fun and challenging subject to shoot as they melted more with each shot. Unfortunately, I was forced to eat 4 of these delicious pops in order to get a good shot ;)
I used (for an 8 pop mold):
1/2 pint of blueberries
1/4 pint of blackberries
2 tablespoons of Simple Basil Syrup
a pinch of salt
1. Add all the ingredients to your blender. Purée till totally smooth and only small specks of berry skin are seen.
2. Have a taste! Adjust the quantity of the syrup according to what you like and the tartness of the berries. Mine were super sweet, so I did not need any more syrup.
3. Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds. Let them freeze overnight for best results.
To remove the ice pops, place a mold in room temperature water and it will gradually release the ice pop, without melting it too much.