After last week’s indulgent Chess Pie, ‘the cupboard was bare’; or so I thought.
But I was wrong.
Whilst there was no cake,
there was cobbler; a beautiful blueberry one.
And though no bread could be found, there were
biscuits scones; the rustic, girdle kind.
So from no-thing much, I cobbled together more than enough,
and enough is as good as a feast.
Enjoy. We did.
Thanks to Sheryl, from A Hundred Years Ago, for the old-fashioned cobbler recipe, and for reminding me of the versatility of a basic dough.
And who wants to lick the spoon clean?
Oh, I love cobbler! Have only made cherry cobbler before. Your version looks heavenly!
Yum; cherry cobbler would be lovely.
Yum , yum, yum!!! ❤️
It was Violet, it was. 😀
Sorry for misspelling! It was mouth watering😁😁😁
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I have a big bag of blueberries in my freezer…your cobble looks enticing.
Do try it. It works very well with frozen blueberries.
Dang, I’m late to the party! Probably missed the spoon-licking. Oh, how I love any type of cobbler. I play no favorites with the fruit of choice. : )
Yep, the spoon is all licked out. I will have to make more cobbler for you. After all, it was a bit naughty of me to send you out looking for a totem pole and then bake a feast whilst you were out…and not tell you what I was up to. 😉
These look wonderful; especially the cobbler. I’m teaching the boychild to cook from the ingredients we have, rather than those he sees in a recipe book – something his father hasn’t mastered. Essential for a young man who will fly away soon and have to take charge of his own eating – and his own budget!!!
That’s an excellent idea; to teach the boychild to cook with what is available/on hand. Did he have cooking/homeskills/home economics classes or options at school? Not sure if they are offered these days. I remember my son coming home from a school cooking class and teaching me how to make a fruit pizza. It was delicious.
Thanks. He hasn’t had any cooking lessons at school, but loves food and has been “cooking” with me since he was tiny. We used to bake ANZAC biscuits together when he was in pre-school, and he mastered salads in primary – mainly because he preferred his food raw! I think intermediates still do food tech, but the boy-child wasn’t in the state system and his school did something else instead. I’ve never had fruit pizza – because it’s usually on the menu in restaurants that also serve savory pizza and eating two flatbreads with toppings is a bit much. Like having Yorkshire pudding and clafoutis at the same meal!
Well, when the boy-child is on his own, he will have lots of people wanting to come to his dinner parties. 🙂 Yorkshire puddings and clafoutis….that made me laugh. I can’t imagine having that combination at the same meal.
Yes, I imagine he will. My younger brother is a very good cook and has always used that to impress girlfriends. I think the boy-child is hoping for something similar!
I hope he succeeds. 🙂 I like a man who cooks. Don’t know how I didn’t marry one like that, though. 😀
Well! I went over to Sheryl’s to looks at the cobbler recipe, and got sidetracked by the cherry pudding recipe in her sidebar. I honestly think I haven’t been able to replicate my grandmother’s cobbler because it wasn’t at all a typical biscuit cobbler. Instead, it seems to have been more like the cherry pudding.
We’ll find out soon enough, because in 20 minutes the version I did with fresh peaches will come out of the oven, and I can give it a try. Whether I can stand to let it cool a bit first is an open question. In any event, I’ll report, and I left a grateful note at Sheryl’s, too. I’ve been on the trail of the perfect cobbler so long — maybe I finally have found it!
Please do tell if you have found the perfect recipe. I am very curious. I have seen several different cobbler recipes; they all look great, but what I liked about the biscuit/scone version was its ease and convenience and the simplicity of ingredients. The cherry pudding recipe on Sheryl’s site does look good. Perhaps that will be the next one I try.
I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. I’m going to have to try making the blueberry version of this recipe. You are an awesome food photographer. My food photography tends to be kind of hit or miss–and I wish that I could consistently get photo’s like you have in this post.
It is a great recipe. And I was surprised my photos came out as well as they did. The light was poor but about 50% of the photos I took were fine. The biggest problem was restraining myself from eating everything before I could get the camera out!
I am coming over….hope you left some for me 🙂
Oh dear! It’s all gone. I will have to make some more for you. That will be no trouble at all.
🙂 you are too sweet 🙂
I love cobblers! and I love blueberries. Maybe I’ll try…..
Do try! It’s a very forgiving recipe.
Isn’t it a surprise what can be made with the simplest ingredients often forgotten in the back of the cupboard or freezer. Both the old-fashioned cobbler and scones looked perfectly wonderful!
It is surprising! And cooking like this makes me feel very resourceful. 🙂
What a mouth-watering post. I love blueberries.
Blueberries are so good! Did you get any on your lovely retreat? What a beautiful place that is.
I’m a fan favorite of crumble scones without cheese. If there’s one item I’m going to stray from my eating plan for, it’s a chocolate chunk scone.
Chocolate chunk scone…oh yum…I haven’t tried that one but it must be delicious.
“Enough’s as good as a feast” reminds me of “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile”, which has somewhat the opposite sense.
‘Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile’ is why my scones got scoffed immediately.
Maybe you should go metric next time and give than a millimeter instead of an inch.
That’s an excellent idea. Did you notice that my girdle scone recipe is so old that it pre-dates NZ’s change to the metric system?
I hadn’t caught that. After all, I’m in the United States, which doesn’t seem like it’ll ever convert to the metric system.
And, as a person who is interested in baking, I have to respond to that with ‘variety is the spice of life’.
A great example of “making do”! What scrumptious-looking treats! I suspect lots of readers will be buying berries for a cobbler after seeing your photos!
It is a ‘making do’, isn’t it? I had a big shop yesterday so I am all stocked up again. Hopefully I can make do for a good while now. I bought more frozen blueberries but, if it were a bit later in the year, I would be looking to see what I could harvest from the blueberry bush. 🙂
I came upon this article by accident and thought you might be interested (unless you already knew about Nancy Wake).
Thank you GP. I do know about Nancy Wake but it is always interesting to know more and to see that others are interested in her, as well.
Oh my your tease with those fantastic photographs! Yummmmmmmmm!
Thank you Mary. The cobbler was as good as it looks but you may have a giggle over the burnt bits of crust that I managed to leave out of the photos. 😀
That berry cobbler looks fabulously delicious! And I just love your vintage cookbooks!
My old cookbook is a gem. The more messed up it gets, the more I love it. It’s probably only holding together because of all the sticky stuff that has been dripped on it over the years. 😀
Oh my!! What a picture to wake up to!! Looks delicious!!
Help yourself! It’s all good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks in between. 🙂
You really want me to roll around the house, eh?!
😀 😀 😀
I thought I already left a comment but it’s gone – happenign quite a bit lately…I was going to say I can’t believe that is what you make when the cupboards are empty! you are like mcguyver in the kitchen!
Oh dear! Another of your comments directed to Spam. 😦 Sometimes, just sometimes, I like to see how long I can go before I have to go to the shops! Such are my small amusements/challenges. 😀 Also, when we lived overseas, we often couldn’t get ingredients I was used to, so I became quite inventive with what ever was available.
Mouthwatering treats……blueberries are chock full of good things. Bon appetit!
I always feel virtuous when I am eating blueberries. They do stain one’s teeth though. 😦
Very good for eyesight.
That will make my optometrist happy, then,…..when I get to her.
I was afraid to read this post, but I did, and, yep, now I need to go in search of blueberries. 🙂
Ooops…..sorry about that. Frozen blueberries were the only fruit I could find in my house, so blueberry cobbler it had to be. Well, I did have bananas but I don’t think they would work in a cobbler.
You are such a great baker! These look so good…now I need something to eat …just before midnight. Oh, I found an organic Fuji apple, but it would be much yummier in a warm cobbler with all the trimmings 🙂
Mmmm…fuji apples are very good all on their ownsome. 🙂 And maybe it’s too hot for a cobbler?
It’s quite hot, but never too hot for a cobbler like yours …it would go well with vanilla ice cream 🙂
Indeed it would!
Delicious, and super easy and quick. 🙂 Just how I like my baking.
Oh, I will clean the plate 🙂 The scones and cheese on top stand out for me too!
Thank you YC for helping to clean my plates. Which would you have first? Cobbler, then scones. Or the other way round? 😉
There was a little bakery back east that made the best blueberry-oat scones. The scone photos reminded me of going out to breakfast there on the weekend. I have not found a scone anywhere like those since!
Blueberry-oat scones would be delicious. Perhaps something for you to consider baking using your lovely blueberries. 🙂
Wow leaves my mouth watering….so good!
Thanks Liz. That’s a lovely comment from a blogger who takes mouth-watering dishes to a whole new level.:) By the way, I made your polenta pancakes. Delicious, but mine turned out far too rustic for public display!
That cobbler looks absolutely scrumptious! Fresh blueberries from British Columbia are easy and inexpensive to come by right now…I think I’m inspired to put some to delicious use! 🙂
I had to use frozen blueberries but they were fine as they were delicious, organic NZ ones. However to make a cobbler with fresh blueberries would be wonderful. The original recipe, from Sheryl, calls for black raspberries.
I do…please…… I think in your house it is always a feast, even if you do not have so much, but you have is fantastic!
I hope you will let Danny share the spoon-licking, Ute. 🙂 Or maybe you can lick the spoon and he can lick the bowl.
now, we do need to negotiate that…. bowl is bigger so that will be for me… and Danny can have the spoon… ok…. 🙂
Okay! That sounds very reasonable. 🙂
Oh everything looks so good! It’s been a while since I’ve eaten scones and clotted cream- how I love them.
Can you teach me how to pronounce the word ‘scone’? I think I’ve been mispronouncing them for years. I wan to pronounce them like ‘tone’ but is it like ‘Ron’?
These were the first scones I had made in ages. How to pronounce scone? Mmmmm…I say scone as in Ron, as most people in NZ do. However, I suspect that is an antipodean pronunciation. Perhaps one of my Scottish/Celtic/British followers could help with this…please? 🙂
My mum used to make us griddle scones dripping with golden syrup and butter 🙂 They were soooo yum.
These scones and pikelets were perfect quick snacks, weren’t they? I do modify the scone recipe according to what I have available; oil for butter, buttermilk or yogurt for milk, some wholemeal flour or wheatgerm. I am glad you write griddle scones. I always say griddle but use the girdle spelling which my grandmother used.
Very much so. But we have finished the lot already, so I need to put on my thinking cap about dessert for tonight. I will probably re heat some of these polenta pancakes http://myfavouritepastime.com/2014/07/16/polenta-pancakes-with-strawberries/#comments and add some fruit and yogurt.
Enough is as good as a feast is such a wonderful expression. I love cobbler, your blueberry one looks most delicious.
It is a great expression.It’s one my mother used to say a lot. Every now and again, it suddenly pops in to my head and gives me a smile.
You take lovely photos dear Gallivanta! And isn’t it so lovely to be reminded we can make something tasty from so little! I am inspired 🙂
Yes, it is good to realise how little we need to make something tasty. I wonder if you would find this blog inspiring http://agirlcalledjack.com/about-jack-monroe/ I visit there sometimes to see what’s cooking.
Good Morning! This is the second excellent link you have provided me with 🙂 Thank you very much – what an interesting young woman! I’ve followed so I can can keep an eye on her food 🙂
She is very interesting! I know we have people in NZ who write about food on a budget, but I am not sure we have anyone here who combines that skill with politics, or holding a Government to account for its social policies/the rising need for food banks.
Mmmmh, a blueberry cobbler! Such a treat!!! Wait, I do have blueberries, and some gf bread… Tomorrow we’ll have blueberry cobbler for breakfast. Oh, I can’t wait! 😀
That will be a wonderful breakfast!
Just savoured! 😀
So, hopefully, it will keep you well-fortified for the day ahead.
Ann, you’re spoiling us! I’ve got the ‘girls’ coming to mine for supper on Friday. They would love this but I’m not so good at baking 🙂
You should play a little party trick on them. Bake the cobbler; show them the photos from the blog as they eat and they will be sure to say that your cobbler is delicious. It will be like augmented reality. 😉
Seriously? You just whipped this old thing up?! When can you come over??
I would come right now if I could! Your comment went to my spam folder. Unreal. That’s not happened before as far as I know!
And very light on fat and sugar, so you can eat as much as you want, Cindy. 😀
Wow, I’m impressed. That cobbler looks yummy.
It was. I am a big fan of blueberries but, in such quantities, they do leave me with an interesting blue tongue. I spared everyone a photo of that!
Oh, you made me drooling! Yummy, yummy….
😀 Well, now we are equal, because you made me hungry, looking at all your delicious food for Eid.
Blue Berries is one of my favourite fruits, wherever they are, in donuts, bread, pies, etc even fresh one and in your spoon that made me so thirsty! 😀
Yesterday, I stocked up on more blueberries so maybe I will make something else for you to enjoy.
and give me the recipe, promise?. 😀
Okay, will do.