Would you believe, I first made this in December, 1998? Some recipes never date. And today I sit here, in 44C heat, without power or air-conditioning except for one power point. The electrician can’t come tonight. I need to have something to cool me down, and give me some sustenance. I can’t cook without electricity. I can’t eat – too hot. This cooling drink comes to mind.
The truth is, I love cooking things that I was making almost a decade ago. For a person who loves to experiment, loves to learn new things, it brings a sense of solidity, continuity, the expected, the sameness, the timelessness of life. Food fashions may have changed, we may have new ingredients, new cuisines, new tools and implements to explore. But the timelessness of some food is priceless.
On this sweltering evening, I plug my blender into the one powerpoint that is working. I shovel Maggie Beers Vanilla Bean and Elderberry Flower icecream into it, throw in strawberries and the rest, and recline peacefully, sipping a heaven-sent cooling drinky desserty thing.
Shakes, smoothies and frappes are delicious at any time of the year. A healthy breakfast drink, a yummy afternoon snack, delicious on a hot evening while watching TV. Or not watching TV.
A traditional frappe is any drink poured over a lot of shaved ice. It can be coffee, liqueur, freshly squeezed juice or milky drinks. Sometimes ice cubes are blended with the drink, but not to the point of annihilation. Alternatively the drink is shaken with broken or crushed ice. More recently, frappes have been Americanised, and have become more like milkshakes.
A frappe can also be a semi frozen, fruit-flavored mixture that is similar to sherbet and served as a dessert, appetizer, or cleanser between courses.
This frappe is more than a drink – thick with the fruit, icecream and cream – it is almost a dessert. If you leave out the whipped cream and chocolate it could be a substantial breakfast. You can even add blueberries for an extra healthy drink.
Fresh Pink Strawberry Frappé
2.75 cups cold milk
250 g fresh strawberries
2 scoops good vanilla icecream
2 Tblspns honey
few drops lemon juice
Hull the strawberries and put into the blender with the rest of the ingredients except the lemon juice.
Whisk until smooth and then add the lemon juice. Pour into glasses half filled with crushed ice. Garnish with whipped cream and a grating of dark chocolate.