Buttermilk cornbread, lightly sweetened, tender, and tangy, with a burst of fresh blueberries in every bite.
Soccer practice started last week and with it my summer of leisure (HA!) evaporated like rain on hot asphalt. The preseason practices are a whole lot of cardio conditioning in the heat. Those boys go through two 5-gallon coolers full of ice water every practice. Afterward, my boy not only smells ripe as a peach, but he’s beyond famished and in pursuit of food. On one such night, we happened to driving by a farm stand with a sign that boasted, “Early Blueberries!” Son #1 saw the sign before I did, and alerted me to the fact by shouting, “STOP THE TRUCK RIGHT NOW!”
Holy cow! That outburst scared the bajeezes out of me! If I didn’t intend to pull over, I would have ran off the road out of sheer fright. The hangry teen had spoken. We picked up a pound of the sweet blue orbs and headed home. By the time we were halfway there, we had collectively eaten a giant hole in the box. Violet Beauregard had nothing on us. What is it about fresh berries that is completely irresistible on a hot summer day?
Thankfully, I had the wherewithall to remember to get an easy pulled pork barbecue going in the crockpot before we left. Of course, I no longer had the energy to toss together the cole slaw to serve on the pork. We could skip the slaw, but being that our hunger threshold reached Defcon 5 before we ever left the field, stopping to pick up burger buns was also out of the question. Although the men-folk in my house probably wouldn’t have a problem with eating a pile o’pork on a plate without any sides to speak of, I took the more civilized route and took fifteen minutes to get cornbread in the oven. As I was popping blueberries into my mouth while stirring the batter, I decided to toss a few handfuls of the berries into the mix. Hey. When I get hungry, just about any combination sounds reasonable.
Blueberry Buttermilk Cornbread is a lightly sweet, Northern style cornbread.
It’s offset with a slight tang of buttermilk, and a juicy burst of fresh blueberries in every bite. I served it up alongside a (small) pile of pulled pork, and called it a balanced meal.