Hello and Welcome to Sweet Basil & Blackberry!  This blog was created out of my love for cooking and my recent fascination with food photography.  What cooking and baking knowledge I possess, is credited to my mother, grandmother and several aunts, who for the most part created dishes by “adding a little of this and a little of that.”  Over the years I have struggled following traditional recipes, but this is my effort to recreate some of the most memorable dishes from family and friends.  My hope is that you will find something here that may inspire and comfort you, and maybe cause you to chuckle!  Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to contact me!

For as long as I can remember my mother has called the day before my birthday to recount what she did  before my birth.  The story is always the same, she spent the day picking blackberries, making jelly and preparing for her little bundle (me).  My mother is honestly the best at jelly making than anyone I know, she learned from the best.  I imagine my mom and grandmother side by side cooking, straining, and canning on a hot summer day.  My grandmother would cook the juice and sugar until 2 drops (not 1, not 2 1/2) would fall from the wooden spoon.  Then it was perfect!!  I suppose that it’s no wonder I came out of the womb loving anything blackberry! (except for seeds, I’m working on that) I look forward to that phone call each year and hope the tradition never ends!


photo by Vegar Abelsnes

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