I first made this in December, 1998. Everyone is used to frappes and smoothies, right? However, I sit here, in 44C heat, without power or air-conditioning except for one power point. The electrician can’t come tonight. I have to have something to cool me down, and give me some sustenance. I can’t cook. Can’t eat, really – too hot. What to do?
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.
This is more than a drink – it is almost a dessert. A cross between a drink and a dessert. A thick, liquidy, lucious, luxurious drinky desserty thing.
Or leave out the whipped cream and chocolate and call it breakfast. You can even add blueberries for an extra healthy drink.
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 new Vanilla Bean and Elderberry Flower icecream into it (it is going to melt overnight, anyway, right?), throw in strawberries and the rest, and recline peacefully, sipping a heaven-sent cooling drinky desserty thing.
First Made: December, 1998
Source : from my old Food_Matters site
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 2 – 4 people, depending how you use it
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 cracked ice. Garnish with whipped cream and a grating of dark chocolate.