Monday, 16 September 2013

Raspberry Tapioca - With Blackberries?


One of the fun things about getting married to a man whose mom and sisters are awesome cooks is being introduced to a whole new set of great recipes!

Ed's family had completely different food traditions than my family which makes holiday meals even more special. One of their favorite foods is raspberry tapioca. I had never eaten anything quite like it - and it was love at first bite.

Maybe part of what makes raspberry tapioca so special is the knowledge that it is a labor of love. Ed's sister and her children stalk the fence rows in the summer, harvesting buckets of black raspberries that she cans in jars to be enjoyed the rest of the year as raspberry tapioca. I've done a little bit of raspberry picking in fence rows. Between the thorns, biting bugs, and poison ivy - it is a job for only the strong and the brave!

I'd love to have a patch of black raspberries on our property, and there is a few in our back pasture, but only enough to find a handful or two.

But this year, our thornless blackberries produced well. Could I can blackberries and make blackberry tapioca? It was worth a try.

I filled quart jars with blackberries, added 1/4 tsp of pure powdered stevia, and filled the jar with water. I canned the berries for 12 minutes. (My sister-in-law uses 1/4 cup of sugar per jar instead of stevia.) I tried not to fill the jars too full, but some juice still managed to squeeze out.

Now to try for tapioca...

I opened a jar and poured the contents into a sieve. The berries have lost a lot of their color.

Using a spoon, I mashed the berries, trying to squeeze out as much juice as possible. The result was almost three cups of blackberry juice and I added a little water to make a  complete three cups. I then followed my sister-in-law's recipe, replacing the sugar with honey, and finding that I needed to decrease the water.


After a try or two, Ed deemed it a total success! The flavor is a little different than raspberry but still rich and delicious.

Want to try it? Here is the recipe...

Black Raspberry (or Blackberry) Tapioca

1 cup water

3 cups raspberry/blackberry juice

3 T. lemon juice

8 T. tapioca

3/4 cup honey 

dash of salt

sweetened whipped cream

Mix water, berry juice, lemon juice, tapioca, honey, and salt. Let stand 5 minutes to soften tapioca. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool 20 minutes. Stir well. Place in refrigerator and cool for several hours. Top with sweetened whipped cream.

If you prefer sugar instead of honey, the original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of sugar with an additional 1/2 of water.


Over the last couple of weeks we have been working on having some projects shot, I hope to do a few more in the next couple of weeks before we run out of steam....this is a sneak peek from last week with our wonderful photographer...


As the mists and chilly weather of Autumn start to roll in, here in the UK, I thought that I should post some of my photographs of our Summer holiday in Croatia before Winter arrives !!. As regulars to my blog well know, I'm always a little behind with things !!!!


Croatia is a beautiful country and we only touched the surface but, what we saw, we loved. 

It has a beauty all of it's own and, seems to maintain it's original charm. Even though it becomes more and more popular as a holiday destination every year, the area we visited { Istria } didn't have a touristy feel at all. The people were lovely, the food great and, I didn't hear an English voice once ! Dubrovnik is probably the most popular town to go to but, we were 700 miles away from there ..... we shall have to go back to visit that area. 

and ..... as much as I don't want to compare, because it has it's own special personality, it does have a certain Italian influence, due to it's geographical position and history.

Shutters and washing ..... my favourite photographic subjects !!


Pula is the largest city in Istria County, best known for it's many surviving buildings, the most famous of which is it's 1st- Century amphitheatre which is amongst the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world. Pula is surrounded by naturally beautiful countryside and the turquoise water of the Adriatic. More photos of Pula in Part 2.


Rovinji is a beautiful, unspoilt and active fishing port and is said to be one of the most photogenic towns in the Mediterranean.
The town is enchanting with it's medieval streets, pretty marina and busy port. I'll show more of Rovinji in Part 2 { hopefully, I'll get around to Part 2 !! } but, I didn't take that many photos as I was too busy eating and drinking !!!!

Grandson Henry on holiday in Croatia.

Wishing everyone a magical week.

All images taken by me


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Tonight it's the turn of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé to sing 'Barcelona'..... a song written as a theme when Barcelona were selected in 1988 to host the 1992 Summer Olympics ..... Love it !!

video from Fred M the best - Youtube