Blueberries on Sale

Posted on November 13, 2011 by Vivi in PATISSERIE, RECIPES

Palermo Soho at lunch time.  I’m at the verduleria and I spy blueberries.  They are 12 pesos per carton.  I get a pear instead.

A different side of Palermo, several hours later.  I’m at the verduleria again.  Yes, I go multiple times a day.  Again I spy blueberries.  They are 12 pesos for 3 cartons.  I go crazy.  Almost as crazy as inconsistency of prices in this city.

I arrive home with several cartons of blueberries.  This is the first time in my life that I have more blueberries than I know what to do with.  I have no choice but to get down to business and make some muffins.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins


  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of blueberry jam, should you happen to have it
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 sprinkle of salt
  • 1 cup of blueberries (or two cartons)
  • cinnamon
  • (If you want nicer muffins than mine add baker’s yeast)
  • Any other random stuff you’ve got lying around.  Nuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, a banana, check here for inspiration.


  1. Combine the oats and the orange juice and mix.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients, in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients. Get mixy with it.
  4. Stir in the berries.
  5. In a muffin tin lined with those cute little paper cups (What are those called?) drop a heaping tablespoon of muffin mix.
  6. Bake at 200 ° Celsius for 17 minutes.

Recipe makes 15 muffins and friends and coworkers very happy.

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  1. Oh I am laughing out loud!! Your pictures are beautiful but your writing is the best!!

  2. Where did you find blueberries at 12 pesos for 3 cartons??? SPILL IT!

    • You must haggle at verdulerias! First make friends with them, then tell them that ‘the verduleria by your house/office (obvi have close relationships with both) is selling (insert vegetable) at (insert price). It’s been working pretty well!!!

  3. “Get mixy with it.”

    Oh Vv… Can’t wait till you’re home and we can get mixy with it in mom’s big kitchen.


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