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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Literary Tasty Treat Tuesday

This week we made Wild Blueberry Foole in celebration of a wonderful book (To be reviewed later) called The Gentleman Poet

The Recipe in the book is for Gooseberry Foole, but we couldn't find any Gooseberries ANYWHERE in Bolton.   I am including the Recipe for Gooseberry Foole from the book and for the Wild Blueberry Foole that we made

The Gentleman Poet: A novel of love, danger, and Shakespeare's The Tempest
by Kathryn Johnson
Avon (HarperCollins)

Description: Elizabeth Persons’ blinding headache while on board the Sea Venture is an ominous sign, one she knows well as a warning of danger. The young servant girl is one of 150 passengers on the ill-fated ship, her worst fears are soon realized as they are tossed mercilessly in a hurricane on the final leg of their journey to the Americas. As the storm calms, the passengers can hardly believe they have survived, and that the Bermudas, rumored home to evil spirits and dangerous natives, may be their only chance of salvation.

Despairing of rescue, Elizabeth and the others struggle to make the uninhabited island their home for nine long months while they build a new ship to complete their voyage to Jamestown, Virginia. As the months pass, friendships form, crew members revolt and love blossoms between Elizabeth and the ship’s young cook. Elizabeth forms a fast bond with the ship’s historian, a man she comes to know as William Strachey. But Will is not the man he portrays—he is in fact William Shakespeare—and they share a dangerous secret, a secret that could cost them their lives if they ever return to Protestant England.

After many months, their new ship is ready to sail and the surviving company finally lands in Jamestown, only to find that life there is hard and dangerous. When Elizabeth’s headaches return, she despairs of a threat to her young husband and their child, due later that year. Her world falls apart, but it is her good friend Will who gives her a chance for a new and independent life, by offering her the chance to return with him to live with his family in Stratford on Avon where they both must confront their past, face the risk of possible persecution, and start their lives again

To Make a Gooseberry Foole (to cheer the soul)
The Gentleman Poet (Pg 245 in my copy - may differ when published)

Pricke two good handfuls of greene Gooseberries. Scalde these until soft then poure of water. Mash with forke to make small and sweeten with Rose water and sugar (or honey, if there bee none). To a quart of Creame add Mace and set this over fire to boyle then take out the Mace and poure Creame atop Gooseberries. stirring all about. Stand till cool.  Eate

Wild Blueberry Foole


        * 1 pint (2 cups) fresh blueberries (We used wild)
        * 2 tablespoons water
        * 1/2 cup sugar
        * 1 pint whipping cream
        * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (Use a good quality one as this makes a HUGE difference in taste)

  1. Wash the blueberries and remove any over- or underripe ones (a good job for kids).
  2. Place the berries in a medium saucepan and stir in the water and sugar. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the berries are soft and have released their juices. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool. (To speed the cooling, pour the mixture into a small bowl.)
  3. Meanwhile, pour the whipping cream into a medium mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the cooled blueberry sauce over the whipped cream and gently fold the mixture until the blueberries and the cream are well combined. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then spoon the dessert into serving dishes. Serves 6 to 8.
Rating: 9/10 - Easy to make and very tasty

Wild Blueberry Foole w/ modern presentation

Wild Blueberry Foole in antique pottery    
Jake gives it a 2 thumbs up


  1. This book sounds amazing and right up my alley--I grew up near Jamestown, VA. And BLUEBERRIES! I WANT THEM!

  2. Yeah, I really enjoyed this one and couldn't put it down. The blueberries were pricey but worth it. I'm posting the review on September 7th