Don’t knock it….

Vic:  Is that a piece of work or what?
Clark:  What is this? “Rodolfo Lasparri”?
Vic:  Clark, I gotta tell you. The odds are pretty good we’re all gonna be on a plane to Palermo, Sicily tonight, at midnight, *if* we’re still walking.
Clark: I don’t want to go to Palermo, Sicily!
Vic: Have you ever been there?
Clark: No, of course not!
Vic: Then you really can’t make an informed judgment, can you, Rodolfo?

This movie quote from one of my all time favorite movies, The Freshman. Which brings me to my point…if you’ve never been somewhere, how do you know you don’t want to go? If you’ve never tried a food, how do you know you wont like it? AND if you have never curled before, how can you bag on it?

Yeah, you read that right…I’m going to dedicate my post to defending curling. I have done nothing but defend curling ever since the start of the Olympics, so why not here too. :)
I openly admit to any and all, that I curl. Sadly, I don’t do it currently as the division I qualify up here for plays on the same night that I play hockey. But I would if I could and have been on teams in the past. Like hockey, I lack skill at the sport, though I do throw a mean stone.

Now I think why so many people don’t like it is number one, you do actually have to think. Which most people do not like to have to use their brains now a days. It is a high strategy game. And once you learn the rules, you catch on to what they are doing and why. Trust me, after forcing my Southern husband to watch it, he likes it now. So much so that he actually tried it and wanted to join a league with me. Yeah, that’s right, I’m outing him. :D

The other is you look down right stupid doing it. I freely admit that as well. The sweeping…ummm. So not cool looking. But before you pass judgment on that, hold a mirror up to your face the next time you are going at it in the sack. You look like a moron. But hey, you’re having fun…if you’re doing it right. I mean, they don’t call it bumping uglies for nothing. ;)

I would also quickly like to throw my support to the biathlon as well. Oh sure, I have no idea why this sport even came an Olympic event, but you have to admit, that shit is hard. Don’t believe me? Go run a couple miles and then try and shoot at targets. And then you have to keep shooting at them until you get them. Then run again. Ugh. No thank you.

So in food relatedness, huckleberries. When I was younger I refused to try them because they looked like blueberries, which I have an allergy to. I missed out on them for a of my life because of that. Because darn it all, I like huckleberries. Lang over at Fat of the Land tried to make a huckleberry buckle and it didn’t turn out to his liking. So he put out a challenge to make it better. Okay. I’ll try. First off, huckleberries aren’t easy to find, so he let us use blueberries as option B. I had to go with option B. We were also told to use frozen, that way people can make it year round. Okay.  He also wanted easy, since Lang is not a baker, more of a cooker. :) Okay.

So the next time you get the chance to try a huckleberry, do it. And the next time you go to make fun of curling…don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!!!!

Blueberry (because huckleberries are next to impossible to find) Sort of Buckle  But More Like Cake Concoction

9 oz frozen blueberries or huckleberries
5 oz self rising flour
zest of 1 medium lemon
¼  granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 fl oz milk
3 ½ ounces (about 7 TBSP) unsalted butter, melted

For the topping:
1 oz all purpose flour
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 oz granulated sugar
2 TBSP unsalted butter, cubed

Preheat the oven to 350F.
Prepare a 8-inch diameter (or four, 4 ½ -inch) spring form pan with butter and parchment paper.

Sift the flour, lemon zest, and sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg, milk, vanilla, and melted butter together. On low speed add the dry ingredients and combine.

Beat well until thick and smooth. Remove bowl and scrap down whisk attachment to get all the batter.

Spoon into prepared pan (or evenly through out the 4 mini ones) and spread evenly. This will seem like a small amount, but remember stuff is going on top.

Scatter blueberries over the mixture and gently  press them with the back of a fork (I used my hand).

To make the topping, place all the ingredients into a medium bowl. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, make a crumb like mixture. Scatter the topping over the blueberries.

Bake for 30-35 minutes (about 27 for the minis) or until the top is lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Leave in spring form for about 10 minutes until cool enough to handle. Then run a knife around the edge and remove the cake from the pan. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Adapted from Bake by Rachel Allen


  1. That “cake” must be delicious! I like the idea!



  2. I have not laughed so hard in a long time! Wonderful post. :)

  3. i think one would get an awesome workout from curling–upper body strength.
    i haven’t had huckleberries in decades, even in the spring my whole foods doesn’t carry them; have no idea where to find.

  4. Curling and biathanlon are my two new favorite Olympic sports! So I agree with you…I don’t know why everyone is knocking them.

    But I am happy to say that I’ve tried huckleberries before and do enjoy them. I have not, however, tried making a buckle. Must add that to my list. :)

  5. My husband thinks I’m nuts, but I’ve been watching a lot of Olympic curling. My mom used to play when we lived in Alaska, but I was too little. And there’s no place for me to play where I live now… :( Glad to hear there are other curling lovers out there!

    And as for huckleberries, they’re one of my favorite fruits. I have to drive about 8 hours to pick them myself, but I pick them up every time I see them at the farmers market. Next time I find them I’ll have to try your cake concoction! Thanks Peabody!

  6. It looks delicious and I love huckleberries. Not that I can find them down here. I know you can order huckleberry jams and syrups from my old state but I don’t know that it’s even possible to get fresh unless you’re willing to go out with the bears and pick your own.

  7. My kids are asking why I am laughing so hard. I don’t think I’ll explain completely… ;)

  8. Whoo-hoo for curling and I love huckleberries and you are right, dang near impossible to find.

  9. I am addicted to the curling! LOVE it!!

  10. You’re allergic to blueberries? I’m sorry :( I’ve always wanted to try huckleberries, but as you said–they are hard to get a hold of. Probably unheard of in my neck of the woods. (side note: Huckleberry Pie. Wasn’t he Strawberry Shortcake’s boyfriend or something?)

    As for curling, I’m glad it’s gotten the TV coverage for the Olympics. There’s really an interest in it now. People get curious when they see it on TV, then stick around to learn & try to understand it. Don’t know about the rest of you, but my co-workers are obsessed with watching it.

  11. I love curling. During the 2002 Olympics my 7 year old son became fasinated with curing. So we all had to learn the game. No place to play it in San Diego, but I really enjoy watching it on the tube.
    Nice cake.

  12. A buckle! I made my first one a few years ago and thought it was way easier than I thought it’d be and turned out delish. Your looks very pretty and likely also delish. :P

  13. Ha ha! :) Curling is great, even though I’ve only tried it for fun. It’s not a big sport in Norway, but when we (oh well, the Norwegian curling team) won the Olympics in 2002, interest really soared. So by now, curling has Norwegians glued to the screens. And that’s not just for their fashionable trousers… :)

  14. Hmm, I did the mirror thing and I think I still look quite attractive :P Anyway, ah, so there are no allergies with huckleberries? Excellent! I’ve always wanted to try them but there’s been no opportunity, outside jam, and I neglected to buy it :( Next time!

  15. I love that you curl!! Curling was the one Olympic sport I was looking forward to and sadly I was only able to catch it on off hours while randomly flipping through the channels. Kudos Peabody! Oh yeah…and and buckle-cake looks amazing as always. :)

  16. I have curled…way, way back in a previous life..or just read that when I was younger. I have never tried huckleberries but I wouldn’t be afraid.

  17. I love watching curling!!! It makes you think and you don’t have to worry about crazy judges determining the winner (my distinction between a sport and a competition). And the women’s biathlon event I watched the other day when they do the penalty laps right after they shot is so exciting.

  18. Looks yummy!! I have never tried huckleberries, I am a little frightened at the thought. Blueberries all the way.

  19. I love watching curling! If they had a league around me I’d totally give it a shot. But, alas, it doesn’t seem to be the “thing” in Louisville, KY. Sigh ;)

  20. I was reading your post out loud to my husband and he started on a dissertation on the physics of curling. So you’re getting respect from our house.

    I’m surprised that you can do huckleberries, but not blueberries.

  21. Oh my! This looks fantastic! I just moved to Seattle from Iowa and was wondering what your favorite spots are? For example, do you have a favorite place for produce? I’m a foodie all the way and have been trying different places out. I am definitely a small fish in a big pond out here.

  22. Looks great! My husband and I get a kick out of curling and have since first seeing it during the Salt Lake City Olympics. So far, we know still next to nothing, but we’re learning the rules =) Besides, how can you knock a sport that has such a great song about it? ( Curl, by Jonathan Coulton)

  23. This looks like a blueberry version of a coffeecake I made a few weeks ago. I LOVE love, LoVe, blueberries and I know this cake warm with ice cream would rock my world. Thanks so much for sticking to blogging. Looking at your yummy pictures just makes my day. Be blessed!

  24. Oh, Ive slightly knocked them. Not specifically the biathalon, but the curling. And you know I have, youve caught me. My comment was something about wondering how people get involved in these sports. I mean I admit, I grew up in bumblefuck. And if not for the olympics, I wouldnt even know about curling. However, guns are nothing new to me. People in the boons make sports with guns all the time. But curling with the wild outfits and the sweeping like crazy and the yelling! My how they yell! I think its odd. And not because you have to think, I admire the timeouts to think. :) So, I take full responsibility for my ignorance.

    Much love Peabody. The more I get to know you, the more intrigued I become. Keep it coming.

  25. I think curling looks interesting. I used to live near Seattle’s Granite Curling Club, so maybe I have been around more people who like curling! I don’t quite understand all the rules, but it is still interesting.

    We discovered huckleberries when we visited Idaho this past summer. I didn’t get any fresh huckleberries, but I do have some huckleberry preserves left from that trip.

  26. Thank you for explaining the two sports I have been skeptical about the past week! This helps clarify a lot for me! Haha.

    On another note, I just adore your blog and the creativity you show. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us =)

  27. Why should anyone have to defend such cool sports? It only attracts idiots who do not have the intellegence or breeding to appreciate coolness when they see it.

  28. You play hockey and your curl too??? awesome! yes the BF and I enjoy watching curling too. And its funny- he asked me if I could be awesome at any sport in the olympics, what would it be? I said biathalon! those people are fierce!

    and your blueberry concoction looks delicious peabody.

  29. I have to say, I am in awe of Nordic skiing after watching some of it this Olympics. I have never seen competitors of elite a level so exhausted as after the 30m. Not even marathoners.

    Between the hockey and the curling, you could create your own ‘weird sport’ combination like the biathlon.

  30. I’m a fan of curling. I seriously need to brush up on the rules though because for some reason I seem to be the one to ask about how the sport is played. I love how your buckle turned out though…I’ve never even heard of that before!
    If you want to get some serious huckleberry action you should take a trip out to North Idaho in the fall. There are specials in every restaurant and there are a bunch of picking spots, too.

  31. I love to watch curling! I’ve briefly considered trying it out, but never did. It looks fun and it’s one of only 2 Winter Olympic sports that I even watch (along with figure skating; sorry not hockey). I stay up late to watch curling overnight. :-)

  32. Looks so good!!

  33. My mother used to make a mean huckleberry pie! We would find them for her in the wilds around Georgian Bay. ( We spent most summers on a boat) They are slightly different than blueberries, but not enough to make a difference in your buckle.
    Now curling. I watch it, mostly understand it, and would not make fun of it for anything because it obviously combines brains and ability. Like chess, but with athletics. Huzzas for you taking part!

  34. I’ll have you know that I love watching curling. It started because I was curious as to what exactly they were curling and then I have to admit I like the sweepers. In fact I just asked my husband the other day if it’s possible just to be the sweeper or if you HAD to throw the stones. (he didn’t know either).

    And biathlon is pretty cool too!

    Your blueberry cake looks delicious!

  35. Peabody,
    You are in huckleberry country up in Seattle (the pacific northwest is home to many plants at least) I love to get a bottle of huckleberry wine when I am in Washington visiting the in-laws.

  36. Ha! You would be surprised how many times I walked into our pediatric resident lounge in MS to find people watching curling! We really enjoy it…though I must admit, we like mimicing the yelling! :-)

    Cake looks great…I love any fruit on cake!

  37. You play hockey, curl, make the most amazing desserts. I want to be you:)

  38. It looks divine! Will probably have to use blueberries as I’ve never seen huckleberries for sale here.

  39. No comment on the Canadian Women’s hockey team??
    I say, “PARTY ON” Altho’ it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Of course, I NEVER did anything foolish when I was that age!!!!!!


    PS—I grew up in Saskatchewan so I spent my winters playing hockey with a little curling thrown in on the side (when we could steal some ice early on a Sunday morning)

  40. I admit I know nothing about curling (but am not passing judgment), but this cake/buckle innovation of yours sounds yummy.

  41. Hahaha love your post! It made me laugh.
    And your blueberry cake looks so good :).

  42. Congrats on the awesome hockey wins! And I love your website; please keep the posts coming.

  43. Watched surfers wiping out today…they look pretty stupid,too, but no one makes fun of surfers…well, maybe a little.
    Great cake even with bluebarries.There must be huckleberries around sometime…summer maybe?

  44. My boyfriend is a HUGE curling fan. He has to drive hours just to get to get the nearest curling house. I have never really gotten into the sport but watched a lot this past week. I have to admit it was pretty interesting.

    Oh the cake looks good too. I wouldn’t want you to think I’m only in this for the curling talk… :)

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