Monday, September 8, 2008
I am up at a completely unnatural hour. No one should be awake after midnight. Simply no one. Alas, my brain hasn't turned off for the night yet and I am up after tossing and turning for a good hour in bed. Don't ask me why. It's not like I had a quad shot latte minutes before bed. Or ten cups of black tea. Or a Monster. Although I will BE a monster tomorrow after this little of sleep. It's not like I'm bursting with excitement over finding the cure for cancer. Or just finding something to stop farting. It's not as if I was awarded the Funniest Person Alive Award. Or the Coolest Person Ever To Live Award. I mean, if those happened this insomnia would be completely understandable, don't you agree? But nope, it was just a usual made-dinner-watched-movie-with-roommie-went-to-bed type of night.
Maybe I'm awake because of these blackberries. I know I already said I wasn't going to get anymore, but I totally lied. I might even have known I was lying when I originally wrote that, but hoped that by vowing off picking it would actually come true. Oh, that was so not going to happen. Jess and I jaunted back to our spot this evening and picked even more. We found a new patch that was totally jackpot-just-won-the-lottery good. Unfortunately, we had to abort our mission early because we had some not so friendly mosquitos dive bombing us.
I have some grand plans to go back there tomorrow night with my camera to take pictures. This time, however, I will be covered with bug spray. The blood bar is closed! I have 9 little critters that are now drunk because of me and I will just not enable them anymore.
I obviously have to come up with some new ways to use blackberries because we are going to have quite the stock. I dreamt this drink up before we started picking and was so excited to find that it tasted as good as I had hoped. If I had had some vodka on hand, I would have added that, but it was still tasty.
ginger ale or sparkling water
1 cup sugar
2-3 sprigs rosemary, leaves stripped from stems
In a food processer, pulse sugar & rosemary together until finely chopped. Spread in a shallow bowl and set aside.
In same food processor bowl, puree blackberries until desired consistency.
Rub the rim of a glass with the lemon wedge. Invert and dip in the sugar mixture to create a layer of sugar along the edge of the glass.
Carefully pour ginger ale in glass, making sure to not wash any of the sugar off. Spoon in 1-2 Tbsp of the blackberry puree and stir. Add ice and enjoy!