Last night after dinner, Brian and I went on a bike ride. It always feels good to move a little after we eat. Here, the sun waits till almost 9pm to set and in June, the air is drenched with the scent of linden flowers. Have you caught a whiff of them yet? Glorious! Getting outside just before sunset is the best time to experience this delicious aroma and for me, it has become therapy, aroma therapy truly, for the scent is calming and soothing, reducing both stress and blood pressure, helping with digestion and they say, even insomnia. It is believed that animals are calmed and soothed by the sent as well, so be sure to take your dog with you when you go.
Peddling home, Brian kept talking about all the sweet treats he wanted for dessert. He was kind of torturing me because I was really trying to not think of them. Have I ever told you how much of a sweet tooth he has? It’s a good thing he’s naturally slim, because what he puts down some nights is baffling. I won’t go into the nitty-gritty, but he does love his sweets, especially ice-cream. The problem is when he eats ice cream, my spoon likes to travel over to his bowl. It has a will of its own. So it’s become a bit of an issue for both of us. So anyways, as we were peddling our way up the last stretch of the hill, he kept going on and on about wanting something deliciously cold and sweet.
Well, thankfully there were strawberries in the fridge – and this is what became of them. Strawberry Slushies! It totally cured his sweet tooth and were sooooooo refreshing to boot! Made with just strawberries, ice and a little raw honey, they take just 5 minutes to whip up. I can’t tell you what a godsend they’ve become in this house! Plus they are packed full of skin-glowing anti-oxidants. A healthy, refreshing, totally satisfying, sweet treat, low in calories and fat, perfect for hot summer evenings!
When strawberries are in season, there is not much you can add to them to make them taste any better. They are perfect just as they are. Sweet, juicy and slightly tart, they also have such a delicious fragrance. Locally grown strawberries are always the best, peaked at their peek of flavor, tender-skinned and dripping with flavor. You will know them by their red cores.
But if you like to tinker, try adding a little fresh basil or mint to the Strawberry Slushie, just for fun.
If you are vegan, swap out agave for the honey.
I prefer the taste of honey paired with the strawberries and with allergy season upon us, any excuse to incorporate raw local honey into what I’m making is always a plus.
The sweeter the strawberries, the less honey you will need in the slushie. So taste and adjust.
Of course, other berries will work here too, as well as ripe stone fruits like peaches and nectarines.
Happy summer friends.
Get outside and enjoy all the beauty and glorious scents. It won’t last long. I have this perhaps morbid thought that keeps me motivated to keep going outside….how many more summers do I have left to experience in this short life? Each year, as the number decreases, I feel an increasing desire to feel it all more fully. To be present in it. To bath in it. Even a slow short walk after dinner can be incredibly fulfilling. A time to feed the soul and quiet the mind. I’ve started a new practice which I call my “smelling meditation”. During the walk I try to be present to all the wonderful smells, inhaling deeply. It’s kind of fun, perhaps wacky, but I like it.
A healthy & refreshing recipe for Strawberry Ice, or strawberry slushie -a delicious alternative to ice cream- made with fresh strawberries, ice and honey. Low in fat and calories, high in antioxidants. Make in 5 minutes! | www.feastingathome.com
- Prep Time: 5
- Total Time: 5
- Yield: 2
- Category: vegan desserts
- Method: blend
- Cuisine: northwest
- 2-3 cups strawberries ( about 10-12 medium strawberries)
- honey to taste ( start with 1-2 teaspoons , add more if you like) or sub agave
- 1 1/2 cups ice ( more to create desired consistency)
- Other additions- huckleberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Place washed and trimmed strawberries in a blender, then add honey. Blend until smooth. Taste, adding more honey if you like.
Add ice cubes and blend, adding more to the blender to get it really thick and icy. It should not be runny. I use about equal parts strawberries to ice – a good ratio. Taste, adjust honey, ice, adding more if you like. You want a nice balance between sweet and tart. The sweeter the strawberries the less honey you will need.
Pour or spoon into one large glass or two smaller glasses. Serve with a spoon.