Going Home and Blueberry Buckle

Sometimes, patients are really excited to go home.

You’d be surprised how many patients never want to leave the hospital. Some people actually like the food, others think that we’re more like a full-service hotel than a place for patient care, et cetera.

Other patients are more normal. And they want to leave.

We were rounding that morning on a patient that had been admitted the previous day. He was approximately in his forties, walking around the hospital room, while his wife sat on the couch.

Patient: So when can I go home?

Me: Well sir, it looks like we can send you home this morning. We just have to finish up the paperwork.

Patient: Well hurry up, since I want to get LAID!

* stunned looks on the faces of the medical team *

To her credit, his wife immediately whipped out her phone, called her sister, and informed her that they needed a ride ASAP.

They ran out the door five minutes later. And his discharge instructions did recommend exercise.

Afterglow Blueberry Buckle

blueberry bucklethe perfect after-bang breakfast

Ingredients (buckle)

  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c white flour
  • 1 c whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 c blueberries (if using frozen, don’t thaw first!)
  • White sugar for dusting
  • Cooking spray

Ingredients (sauce)

  • 2  1/2 c blueberries
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 c water, plus 1/2 c for later
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl, mix together flours, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir in blueberries so they are all covered with the mixture (this will help them not sink to the bottom of the cake). Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, mix together sugar and vegetable oil. Add in the egg and stir until the mixture just starts to lighten. Stir in the milk and vanilla.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients with the blueberries in an attempt to keep most of the blueberries whole (some of them will get smushed in the mixing process, but that’s okay!).
  6. Divide mixture between the two loaf pans.
  7. Sprinkle the top of each loaf with cinnamon and white sugar.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (besides parts of blueberries, of course). Let cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing.
  9. While the buckle is baking (or while it is cooling, if you took a recreational break), dump the blueberries, water, lemon juice, and sugar into a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium high and cook for approximately 10 minutes (you want some of the blueberries to pop, but others to still be a bit whole. It will be boiling. And it might splatter, so wear an apron).
  10. Mix together the remaining 1/2 c cold water with the cornstarch. Stir this mixture into the saucepan. Cook for an additional minute or until desired thickness. (no pun intended)
  11. Let sauce cool for 3-5 minutes, then spoon it onto the buckle. Enjoy!

30 thoughts on “Going Home and Blueberry Buckle

  1. I remember “Blueberry Buckle”… must have come from country cooking…

  2. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  3. Sounds like the wife was hot to trot as well! LOL

  4. I am trying to visit your page, but it is blocked by my browser saying malware has inserted itself to your website =( What’s up with that?!

    1. What page are you trying to visit where it says that?

      1. I am clicking the link for the Going Home and BB =/

      2. Does it do that for any other part of the website?

  5. Is the food patients are served in hospitals different from similar food available in hospital cafes?

  6. Yum! And thanks for getting me to giggle. I have sorely missed your funny tales paired with food!

  7. Wow! Mouth is watering now 🙂

  8. Mmm…that looks good.
    I recall a patient after she had a Caesarean section wanted to get out so she could do the same 🙂

  9. Husband to OB/GYN: How soon after my wife gives birth can we resume sexual relations?

    OB/GYN: Does she have a private room?

  10. Oh gawd! That is so funny. Sex has many health benefits so good for him and his wife. Oh, I am still laughing!

  11. Oh, that looks yummy!

  12. P.S. I Love Soap Co. August 27, 2013 — 5:32 am

    Looks yummy!

  13. Reblogged this on NOMelicious and commented:

  14. that story is priceless and so is your blueberry buckle 🙂

  15. Huh, apparently whatever was broken got fixed. I’m surprised though with how much of a hurry he was in…. I mean there was a bed available & all.

  16. Thinking I might try this tomorrow as me and my little man are having a mummy day… Fingers frossed it looks as good as yours!!

  17. Just letting you know that I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award, see my blog this coming Thursday for more info.

  18. Haha this is hilarious, and the recipe looks great too!

  19. Four months ago?!?!?!? I hope all is ok. I miss you humor!

  20. Oh my goodness. What a fantastic patient! That is so funny. I’ve never had anyone say that! We do have our fair share of patients who don’t want to leave. And this year on Valentine’s Day, a fair share of men who requested to be given leave for the day because their wives missed them. I thought that was kinda cute.

    The blueberry buckle looks awesome. Way beyond my abilities though!

  21. That almost makes me wish I was still working in the hospital. People realing can be fun. Great buckle!

  22. My husband “fixed” my finger guard on my mandolin and it works like a charm – I’m a mad slicer now, and this recipe looks perfect to practice on!

  23. I love your sense of humor ! And this Blueberry Buckle looks great for breakfast – any time !! ; o )

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