It has been far too long since my hiatus from creating content. Thank goodness for the Vitamix and Instant Pot for quick meals. Good sauces are amazing for quick and easy delicious meals. If you are looking for a tangy and spicy Saskatoon Berries BBQ sauce, look no further. If you aren’t a fan of the peppery spice kick, reduce the amount of black pepper. The great thing with sauces is you can adjust to your taste.
Garden harvested Saskatoon Berries doesn’t have to always mean pies! Who has got time to make Saskatoon berries pies from scratch with two kids on short nap times?!
Trying to balance full time work, mental well-being and not giving up any sleep was a difficult lifestyle change for me. It had meant my blog took a back seat.
I had my second child end of March. It was a peaceful, easy and comfortable home birth. Transitioning from one to two children has made me realise: damn, am I ever lucky to have two little boys. They chose ME to be their mother. What a blessed privilege that is! When this realisation hit, I realised that my blog needed a new meaning. Cynful Kitchen by Cynthia (yes, I love puns, guilty as charged) can evolve from a recipes only website to talking about food AND family.
That thought also inspired me to be the best mother I can to two boys. I had never wanted more to be their place of comfort when their emotions are too overwhelming for them to understand; a safe embrace always at the ready to reassure that it is OK to stumble and pick themselves up to learn from their own experiences to be stronger individuals. I love them both equally. The realisation of “hey, I now have two kids” when my youngest was 5 days old is overwhelming.
I am learning to take it one day at a time. Some days are better than others. Trying to find a moment to hit an imaginary “reset” button helps keep me in perspective. I used to burden myself with mom guilt. I wanted to be the perfect first time mom. Once you’ve reached that ‘perfect’ threshold, then it becomes a vicious cycle of not feeling good enough. So, here I am, blogging on my phone while the two babies nap. I may have typing errors. Please comment and I can get it fixed, especially if auto correct has corrected a word without my knowing.
Need a quick recipe to use up Saskatoon Berries? If you have a powerful blender, this recipe is a BREEZE! If you own a Vitamix, use the soup cycle. Voila, you have barbecue sauce. There was no need to strain after the soup cycle. If you have children over 1, honey is a great substitute if you don’t have maple syrup — especially if you don’t live in Canada. You can use any vinegars you like! I try to have a minimalistic selection of vinegars, so I only have plain or champagne vinegar on hand.
My mom has requested this recipe to make her own BBQ sauce. She learnt how to make her own salad dressing from her most recent visit with me. I told her to switch the two cups of berries for two cups of fresh mangoes from her yard instead.