Spring has definitely sprung judging by all the fresh local berries available in southern California right now. These berries have inspired us to eat a strawberry, blackberry and ginger cobbler made with fresh, local berries, ginger juice, and a crumbly, ginger biscuit topping. The whole dessert is topped off with a scoop of natural vanilla bean ice cream and garnished with a sprig of mint.
A: hey tyler… i think i have a problem.
T: just one?
A: heheheh okay, i know i have several problems, but there’s one in particular that’s affecting me right now. I just can’t seem to stop buying berries! they’re everywhere and i just buy buy buy. it’s like some kind of sick disease.
T: i gotta say this is the least of your problems. It’s not a sick disease. Wanna know what’s a sick disease? buying freaking california burritos all the time. That’s sick. I think I can feel a piece of beef lodged in my heart.
A: now that is sick! you’ve got some kind of effed up digestive track if whole chunks of beef are making their way to your heart!
T: it started off as cholesterol, and slowly collected itself until it was whole again. Eventually, if I did not have a heart attack first, a cow would burst out of my chest.
A: sweet! then we would have dinner for ages. a whole cow would feed us for a while i don’t really want you to either have a heart attack or have a cow burst out of your chest….uh, so maybe you’re gonna want to find a new disease. like my berry buying disease!
T: my office is actually surrounded by taco shops. In every direction. We even share a wall with a taco shop. If I go to the bathroom, and sit quietly, I can hear mariachi music. And then images of burritos start dancing around in my head. And they don’t sell berries. So basically I’m screwed.
A: you could always look for a new job that’s located next to a berry stand rather than hundreds of taco shops…. you could even work at the berry stand.
T: I don’t think berry stands have much need for web developers. I could be wrong though. Anyway, on to the cobbler…
A: ah yes, the outcome of my berry addiction. So at the end of this week, we had over three pounds of strawberries in our fridge. not to mention a couple pints of blackberries and a half pint of blueberries. what’s a girl to do with all those berries other than make a strawberry ginger cobbler.
T: I can think of a couple of things. But let’s not go there. The cobbler was a good choice. Have you ever made a cobbler before this one?
A: to tell you the truth… no. i generally take the easy way out and make crisps. they take much less effort on my part. i grew up eating TONS of cobblers though.
T: All the cobblers I’ve had (which have admittedly been frozen from the grocery store) have had a flaky pie-like crust rather than a bready biscuity crust. But I like it both ways. Did you grow up with the bready crusted cobblers?
A: for the most part i did. i grew up with a doughy topped cobbler. in my mind a cobbler shall never have a crust, which would imply that there is a bottom dough to it. only stuff on the top.
T: I guess I’m just talking about the height of the top layer. This one was fairly cake-like, whereas the ones I’ve had in the past were a dense flaky layer. Did you grow up with the cake-style?
A: first off, i wouldn’t call it “cake-style”. i would call it doughy. and yeah, i did grow up with doughy cobblers. this was topped with biscuits… gingery crumbly biscuits. it’s not the same as what i grew up eating, but i enjoyed it none-the-less.
T: yeah, i liked it too… however you choose to describe the top. Got a rating for it?
A: I do. I give it a 3.8/5. It was a touch on the tart side, but otherwise yummy. i actually prefer to eat berries raw, but a crisp or a cobbler is a good way to go if they’re about to go bad.
T: I give it a 4.2/5. There was something missing, although sadly I don’t have a clue what that could be. Maybe salt in the top layer, maybe sugar somewhere. I don’t know. I’m not a cook. I just eat. Definitely tasty, though, and much more filling than berries by themselves, which is a good thing sometimes.
A: i know what you mean about there being something missing. I wasn’t fully satisfied with the outcome of this one. tasty – yes. lacking something – for sure. what – i have no freaking clue. and i am a cook… although i don’t really do sweets too well or too often!
T: I think you do sweets very well, actually. You’ll just have to keep making cobblers until you’ve perfected it. That should help out with your little berry disease. See? I’m just looking out for your health. Now make some more cobblers, woman.