Hello my friends, been a little over a week since I last wrote and I’ve missed you, but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying our Summer break. Summer finally arrived with a vengeance, reaching 31 degrees in our little bay earlier this week! Very unusual for us way down south on our beautiful island, but we aren’t complaining.
Needless to say that means we’ve been out and about a lot more than usual taking full and absolute advantage of our surrounds, summer activities and this gorgeous weather. One activity I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now but never got round to it was to go strawberry picking. Our strawberry season lasts from about November through to February with these ruby-coloured juicy jewels in abundance. Nothing nicer than fresh sweet strawberries in season when you aren’t being forced to pay a fortune for them.
Anyway, I digress, our trip strawberry picking was another gorgeous day and we headed out to meet some friends. Our boys have known each other since they were 2 and 1 respectively so have a very special little friendship. I have to admit that it was tough limiting ourselves as the fields do literally seem to go on forever and there are rows and rows of these plump little gems – it is quite addictive, hypnotic even as your bucket fills up but you spot another one over there, then see one hidden under a leaf and oh dear! there’s a perfect looking one just within arm’s reach!! Oh well, almost 3 kgs and $20 later, we returned to the main buildings to enjoy the enormous strawberry ice creams this particular farm is well known for.
Bringing that much ripe fruit home at once can mean only one thing: strawberry smoothies, desserts, ice cream and ice lollies so the next few posts will be about strawberries so please accept my apologies if it isn’t strawberry season for you, but perhaps you’ll find the need to go out and buy some frozen ones as they’ll work just as well.
Breakfast smoothies are a favourite in our home as they are quick and easy, not to mention healthy and the added bonus is, I get to enjoy most of my daily fruit quota in one go.
ingredients: (makes 2)
200 g strawberries
1 large or 2 small ripe bananas
½ cup plain natural unsweetened yoghurt
1 tsp runny honey (optional – although if the strawberries are ripe and sweet there is no need for the honey)
500 ml low fat milk
- Rinse strawberries to remove any dirt and remove green stalks and leaves, halve or quarter if they’re quite big.
- Peel and roughly chop the bananas and add to the strawberries.
- Add the yoghurt, honey (if using) and milk.
- Blitz with a stick whizz mixer, use a liquidiser or perhaps you have one of those fancy new smoothie machines, whatever – blend until relatively smooth.
- Split into two glasses and enjoy!