Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Costco, Royal Baby, Summer Fruit.

We finally got to Costco yesterday and would you believe it, we got out of there under $200. I think we deserve a pat on the back. I’m not quite sure how it happened mind you.

Still no news on the baby front at the time of writing, Prince William is away for the weekend so I guess they aren’t expecting anything to happen.

Golden MangoesYesterday I was tucking into a golden mango which, oddly enough I only discovered how much I liked a couple or so years ago. Matt was sent a basket of fruit when he was sick and I tried the mango. Matt tried one later and wasn’t impressed, me I love them. I can remember my father talking about mangoes when he came back from his three years stationed in what was Rhodesia during WWII. I don’t ever remember seeing them inDurian-Fruit-Thai England, come to that, I don’t remember seeing the golden ones here prior to a few years ago, but then I wasn’t looking. Anyway, I was sitting savouring my mango and I suddenly thought about the durian. Its a fruit from Thailand, as I understand, and smells so bad that one is not allowed to carry it on a bus. They say when you eat it, it is absolutely delicious. So, I have added the durian to my bucket list.

I love summer fruits. The local fruits should soon be available in our Blueberriessupermarket. Some of them are already available at Barrie’s Farm, but we don’t go over there when we can get all these goodies locally. We got some gorgeous peaches last week, freestone, juicy and sweet. Hopefully we can get some more this week. Mangoes of course whilst they are around; blueberries are available in the market but not seen them in the grocery store yet. We never remember to get ourselves in gear in order to get to the market on a Saturday morning. I don’t make pies or tarts with any of these fruits, we basically prefer to eat them fresh and I am not that big on most pies anyway. Apart from the fact that pastry goes straight to the hips.

However, for those of you who do like pies and tarts, here is a Kraft recipe which I thought looked pretty good.

Triple-Berry Cobbler

What You NeedTriple Berry Cobbler

4 cups  assorted fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries)
1/4 cup  sugar, divided
1 pkg.   (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavour Instant Pudding
1/2 cup  water, divided
1 cup  baking mix
1/4 cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon
3/4 cup  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.
COMBINE berries in 2-qt. round microwaveable casserole. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. Reserve 1 tsp. sugar. Stir remaining sugar, dry pudding mix and 1/4 cup water into berry mixture.
MIX baking mix, sour cream and remaining water. Drop in 6 mounds (mounds should not touch) over fruit mixture. Mix reserved sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough.
BAKE 35 min. or until fruit mixture is hot and bubbly and biscuits are lightly browned. Serve warm topped with COOL WHIP.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Store Leftovers
Have leftovers? Store in refrigerator up to 5 days. When ready to serve, microwave each serving on HIGH 20 sec. or just until warmed.
Have a great day


  1. Hahaha I'm laughing because we always go in with a list but leave with three times as much. Costco has a way of doing that.

    And the triple berry cobbler looks absolutely amazing! But I'd better not as I've gained weight and need to work it off.

    1. It's so true isn't it? I think we kept our eyes closed yesterday because I allocated $200 and came out $20 ahead.

      You could eat the berries and forget the topping.

  2. I've never tried a durian - but they did have them on one of my cooking shows. I'd like to try it, too, because everyone said it was delicious, but stinky to get to the fruit part. I love mangos, too.
    We'd never get out of Costco for under $200...
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. I don't even know if you can get it here Tina.

      We don't often get out of there on so little. But then there's only two of us.

  3. Mangos!! Those are my favorite. Mother Dragon had craving of mangos while expecting me. Never tried a durian but if they smell so bad, probably I wouldn't try them. I could use that Triple-Berry Cobbler on my birthday feast. :)) My stomach is already grumbling.

    1. A mango loving dragon eh? The cobbler looks good doesn't it.

      Worried about Jeff and Myra.

  4. I'm going to tell my wife about that cobbler.
    The durian is the one food Andrew Zimmer of the show Bizarre Foods could not eat. And this is the man that eats insects and bats on a stick.

    1. Hope she makes it for you.

      I believe the smell of the durian is pretty foul. Had a friend who lived out east for a long time and she absolutely loved it. I gather the flesh doesn't smell, only the outside. If it smells so bad, makes you wonder how anyone ever got round to trying it.