No photos today, just a quick recipe & question.
It’s insanely hot here in Chicago. I just passed a paper that said we’re having record high temperatures for the month, and it’s making June feel more like August. They’re really not wrong.
In good & bad news, this is really suppressing my appetite, and Bill’s as well. Bad news, because it means less cooking & tasty food. Good news because it means less eating out & spending money.
However, we have taken on making smoothies again. This is partially to clear out the freezer of berries we froze almost a year ago. It’s already getting to berry season, and we still have old berries! Yikes! That, and our freezer is about to be very full of pork, but more on that later.
Anyway, our smoothie recipe is incredibly simple.
~1c frozen berries (other fruit chunks will also work, we just haven’t gotten there)
~1/4 c HOT water (optional)
1/2 – 2/3 c plain or vanilla yogurt (others would be fine, but we tend to want to flavor yogurt on our own)
1/2 tbsp honey (optional – we usually use this for plain yogurts, but not vanilla)
Milk for thinning
Get out & assemble your immersion blender. Dump the berries in that cup that came with it. Pour the water over the berries to soften them just enough that your immersion blender doesn’t give up while trying to crush them. Dump in the honey, if using, then the yogurt. Shove your immersion blender through the yogurt & mash the berries a second to see if it can do, then flip it on blend to your heart’s content. Thin with milk & blend some more, if necessary to get the right consistency. If it’s too thin, add more yogurt.
This makes one smoothie.
As you can see, we make smoothies one at a time here. This is mostly due to our immersion blender not being able to do more than that, but Bill’s kind of glad it works out this way. If I could make us the same smoothie every day I make smoothies, I would, and he’d never get raspberry in a smoothie again.
I’m not really a raspberry fan.
This is also almost not a smoothie. It’s really closer to a very cold yogurt drink. It’s thicker & creamier & less prone to melting than a traditional smoothie. I appreciate that, but I do sometimes wish I were making that kind of smoothie I can get when I order one somewhere. Still, I know what’s in this one, and it’s really delicious, so I’m okay with that.
How do you make your smoothies? What kind of blender do you use? What’s your favorite flavor? Is yours more traditional, or akin to ours?
Tell me, please! I’m running out of berries, and I may not freeze as many this year!
P.S. No, seriously, please comment & tell me.
P.P.S. This goes double if you’re someone related to Bill, as I bet you have some knowledge of things he likes like this. Also double if you own a restaurant.
P.P.P.S. As you can imagine, if you’re Bill’s relative AND own a restaurant, this goes triple for you.