Living in Oklahoma, the heritage of the Cherokee people (original tribal name was Aniyunwiya) surround us. Cherokee – Tsalagi is an Iroquoian language with a written vocabulary invented by a Native Cherokee scholar, Sequoyah. A good friend of mine taught me a lot about Native Indian recipes and such. I even made my own hunting bow at a workshop in Tallequah. Okay… It was a little crooked and did not work that well. Now the recipes are a different thing. I learned how to make frybread, beanballs and of course some great sweets like Blackberry Dumplings.
The first time I tried this tasty treat I was blown away by the taste. Several ladies were cooking this up in a huge pot over an open fire. Now, you don’t have to cook it over an open fire and I was lucky one of the ladies was kind enough to give me the recipe. Over the years I have made this several times for the family. The recipe is really the same for grape dumplings, which is another fave for the family. So here we go and hope you enjoy…
8 Cups Blackberries
2 cups of sugar
2 Tblsp oil
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups water
2 cups flour
Mix berries with 1 cup water and sugar in large pan.
Serve hot (you can add a scoop of ice cream on top)
Well now… Maybe time to make hubby’s fave meal
Se-lu-ga-du and Tu-yas
(Cornbread and Beans)