Blueberry Ambrosia Sauce

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I’m SO excited about today’s recipe! This little household in Peg City really enjoys blueberry sauce. I decided to create my own and healthier version of it, and I ended up loving it so much that I was eating it with a spoon! It’s the coconut oil and vanilla extract that never fail me. They give this sauce such a soft and heavenly flavor, and then the lemon zest waltzes in and spices things up just enough to bring the senses back down to earth. Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with this recipe?

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I have been making my new favorite oatmeal-pancakes recipe by Tastes Better Made from Scratch. These pancakes are so delicious, healthy, and packed with proteins. They are quite filling, and make an excellent choice for breakfast. I love how little effort it takes to make these pancakes. They are also easy to rewarm (I just pop them in the microwave), allowing you to make some extra in advance for a quick breakfast on a busy morning. If you want to make these pancakes exceptionally good, top them with some fresh banana slices, and my warm blueberry ambrosia sauce. Trust me, both of these recipes are to die for!

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I’m sure this blueberry sauce would also taste great on other desserts like waffles, crepes, and cheesecake. Did I hear someone say CHEESECAKE!? It has got to be my all time favorite dessert. Oh and lets not forget ice cream! This recipe would make an excellent vanilla ice cream topping. Can I hear a YES!? 

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Warning! Change of topic. Erika’s spaghetti noodle brain is at work. I just wanted to say how much I love spring blossoms. They are definitely a huge highlight for me when spring rolls around. What probably makes them even more special, is the fact that they don’t hang around for very long.

Now how did I get my hands on these gorgeous babies? Well, if you must know, I snagged them on our way to our car after our friends’ wedding. There it was, standing on the golf club yard, this gorgeous pink tree, calling out my name. I knew I had to have one branch for a food photo-shoot. I broke it off, thanking the tree (that was a lie), took it home and nurtured it with some fresh water, and went to bed.

After several hours of sleep they still looked beautiful, so in the morning I got busy making the blueberry sauce and setting up for a photo-shoot. Yes we eventually ate the pancakes. Of course when you shoot pictures of food, the food has often cooled off by the time you eat it and you have to re-warm it, or just eat it cold.

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This blueberry sauce brings me back to the summer of 2001. My family and I made a road trip all the way from Chihuahua, Mexico to British Columbia. Now for some background information, blueberries are not something that I grew up buying in Mexico. First of all, I don’t remember them being sold in many places, and if they were sold somewhere they would have cost a fortune (with a little exaggeration)! So when we visited BC that summer, we stayed with my uncle and aunt and their children. Behind their house was a chicken barn, and behind the barn was a blueberry field with rows of blueberry plants. I remember joining my aunt and together filling a whole ice cream bucket with small blueberries. They were SO very delicious! It’s amazing how much flavor and deliciousness are packed into our little blue friends! 

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I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do. Wishing everyone some down time this weekend. Try to do at least one thing that will make your heart feel full. Sometimes it’s the little things that re-energize and inspire us anew. Maybe it’s a short walk in nature, a coffee date with a friend, reading a chapter in the book that has been neglected for a few weeks, baking your favorite cookies, watching an inspirational movie, or anything else that fills your cup.

This week I had one day where I just felt so peopled-out after some frustrating incidents at work. We had planned to go to the gym in the evening, but we waited until it was kind of too late and not worth going anymore. I knew my body and mind were screaming for some down time. We decided to just stay in. I filled my bathtub with warm foaming water, asked Kevin to take the puppy and close the bathroom door, and watched a movie. I wanted to be completely by myself. If I leave the bathroom door open, I get frequent visits from my pup. It’s actually super cute, because she always stands up and peaks over the bathtub, waiting for me to come out. But this time, I needed it to be just me, to re-energize my body and mind. 

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HAPPY FRIDAY TO MY LOVELY READERS!

Cheers! -Erika

Blueberry Ambrosia Sauce
Serves 4
This delectable sauce is where blueberries, lemons, and coconuts meet to create a heavenly flavour. Pour it over dessert-like foods, such as pancakes, cheesecake, ice cream, crepes, and waffles.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups frozen blueberries
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 1 tsp lemon zest
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with some water
  7. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add the first three ingredients to a small pot. Bring to a boil on medium high heat.
  2. Turn down to medium heat. Add the pure maple syrup, salt, and the cornstarch (mixed with a little bit of cold water). Stir until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the coconut oil, vanilla extract, and the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Serve over your favourite dessert-like dish.
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Berry Merry Oatmeal

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Yesterday I made myself some oatmeal before heading off to work. I really enjoyed it and decided to make it again today, measuring out the ingredients so that I could share this recipe with you. What gives this recipe a special flavor is the Mexican strawberry-flavored maizena, mixed with real blueberries.

Maizena is basically flavored cornstarch and it comes in different flavors, such as coconut, chocolate, nut, and strawberry. It is often used to make a traditional Mexican warm beverage, called atole. You can buy it in local Central American grocery stores. Or, you know, you could just travel to Central America and get some. Hey, I’m not stopping you!

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My mom always used maizena to make flavored pudding for our waffles. This was always a very special meal in our home (my brother’s favorite!). We usually ate it for dinner on a day where we all had time to sit and enjoy this meal together. My mom would pull up a small piano bench to the side of our table, cover it with a towel, and would make the waffles while we were all eating. This guaranteed that the waffles would be warm and crisp as she would lay them directly onto the next empty waiting plate. I would then drown my waffle in the warm flavorful pudding, until it was completely soggy (yes, I love soggy waffles!!).      

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Yesterday wasn’t the first time I had tried adding maizena to my oatmeal, but somehow the strawberry-blueberry combo worked out really well! The coconut and pecans give the oatmeal some crunch, adding good textural contrast to the creamy oatmeal.

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Oh and don’t worry, this is not actually what my home and breakfast looked like today (or ever!). It was all set up specifically for the oatmeal images. I so very much enjoy photographing food! Today my kitchen counter is actually covered in plastic, as I was mudding the holes on the walls in preparation to install a subway-tile back-splash. I’m very much hoping to get everything done this weekend, but we will see. It’s not like I’ve ever installed a back-splash before! Wish me luck!

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Tomorrow is Saturday and I’m hoping that at least some of you get to sleep in a little, followed by a nutritious and hearty breakfast. This oatmeal is delicious and SO quick and easy to make. Pair it up with some warm and freshly buttered toast and your taste buds will be thanking you! Well, what are you waiting for!?

 

Berry Merry Oatmeal
Serves 1
A delicious spin on a traditional breakfast!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup quick oats
  2. 3 tsp. strawberry flavored cornstarch (maizena brand)
  3. 1 pinch of salt
  4. 1 pinch of cinnamon
  5. 1 cup water (cold)
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  8. honey to taste
  9. milk to taste
  10. pecans, blueberries, and unsweetened shredded coconut as toppings
Instructions
  1. Combine the first seven ingredients in a cereal bowl. Stir until the constarch has completely dissolved.
  2. Microwave on high for four minutes. Keep a close watch and pause the microwave occasionally to prevent the oatmeal from overflowing.
  3. Sweeten with honey, add preferred amount of milk, and top with unsweetened coconut, pecans and more blueberries.
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