An Inspiring Cobbling Together

This week Dale has cobbled together a blueberry cobbler for us. This is one of those recipes you can whip up in no time with gratifying results.

And it’s as good for the body as it is for the soul.

Blueberries have been ranked repeatedly as the one of the foods with the highest anti-oxidant capacity, higher than other fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Because of this it helps protect the body against cancers, degenerative diseases, aging, and infections.

And there’s even more, but first,“on to making” Devin’s Blueberry Cobbler.

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Dale’s World:

Devin’s Blueberry Cobbler

My friend Devin came over for dinner last night. I cooked things I knew he liked: roast pork loin with apples, mashed potatoes with celery root and Brussels sprouts. I made a blueberry cobbler, not knowing, but hoping he would like it. He liked it all right. He ate three servings and all but licked the pan clean!

Afterwards, he asked, “How do you make that?” I was stunned by the question, because Devin does not like to cook! He had a pot luck party to attend on Saturday and wanted to take the cobbler.

There is nothing unusual or original about this recipe. But if a 30- year-old single man who does not like to cook asks for a recipe, it must be worth sharing. So I thought you might like it too.

I made my own pie crust, and so can you, if you wish. But I advised Devin to use a ready-made puff pastry sheet, due to his inexperience in the kitchen. I did not get to taste his cobbler, but he did send me a picture and it looks very good to me.

You will need:

4 cups of Blueberries                       3/4 cups of Sugar

1/4 cup of All Purpose Flour           1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice              1 pinch of Salt

2 Tablespoons of Melted Butter      1 Sheet of Frozen Puff Pastry

1 egg                                                      2 Tablespoons of Milk

Preparation:

 

1. Defrost the puff pastry at room temperature or in the refrigerator, at least one hour before using it.

2. Cut the puff pastry to the size of your pan. Invert your pan onto the puff pastry and trim it to size with a knife.

3 Rinse the berries with water; remove any stems that you see.

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4. Mix the egg and milk together in a small bowl or cup.

5. Squeeze the lemon.

6. Melt the butter.

7. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Mix:

1. Pour the berries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and butter into a large bowl and gently mix it together.

2. Pour the contents of the bowl into your baking pan.

3. Place the puff pastry sheet over the pan.

4. Brush the egg and milk mixture on top of the puff pastry.

6. With a knife, cut four steam vents into the center of the puff pastry,  about 1 to 2 inches in length

Bake:

1. Put the baking pan on a sheet pan or cookie sheet to catch any dripping that may occur.

2. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

3. When the puff pastry is brown, the pie inside will be done.

4. If Devin can do it, so can you.

Food for Thought:

To cobble means to mend or patch roughly, to improvise.

It’s difficult to put our lives back together after a crisis, but as far as health is concerned, a cup of blueberries a day may be just the ticket you need for cobbling back your health after an illness.

Not only do blueberres have one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of all other fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings, they also help lower blood sugars.

Recent tests show blueberries also improve the memory, plus they are a good source of potassium which helps control heart rate and high blood pressure.

All this and more. Blueberries are very low in calories, and you can freeze them without doing damage to their anti-oxidants. What a boon in times when fresh blueberries are scarce!

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The reason a dessert cobbler is called a cobbler is that the tradition has been to throw together what you have, to improvise with bits and pieces: a cup of left-over fruit, a small ball of pie dough or some left-over biscuits, the rest of that lemon or orange you didn’t finish, that bit of fresh ginger.

Sometimes  we are faced with the dilemma of having our lives fall into bits and pieces. But any attempt to put our lives together by ourselves will only be cobbling. Only Jesus can do this perfectly, for His cobbling is not cobbling at all, but healing.

Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one, had a nervous breakdown, gone through a time of rebellion against God. Or perhaps the crisis in your life is retirement.

In John 6 Jesus says his work is “to put us together and set us on our feet.” But he can’t do this without God’s drawing us to believe that Jesus was who He said He was. When we come to Christ, believing with all our heart that he is the Son of God who died for our sins, then and only then can he begin his work in us. Then and only then, will God teach us personally.

Your situation may look impossible: to start over, to make a change, to get on with some kind of quality of living after a devastation. But, with God, nothing is impossible. Jesus wants us to come to Him and listen, really listen. Then He will guide you one step at a time into an exciting life.

Can I start over? Always with Christ.

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