I sat around a campfire, hiked through a forest with breathtaking views, took our dog for long walks, talked with my 90-year-old grandma, watched a 3-year-old blow our her birthday candles, and waded in a river. It was summer at its best - and simplest.
It was an experience I'll think about this winter when the slow is drifting outside my door and suddenly feel warmer.
When I returned home to bills, work, and responsibility, I wanted to capture the essence of the past few days in food form. I kept coming back to sweet desserts and the brightness of the season's produce, and decided to make a strawberry ice cream. With just four ingredients, it's exactly what I wanted: simple.
What does summer mean to you? Do you have any particular experiences, smells, or tastes that take you there no matter what?
Simply Summer Strawberry Ice Cream
- 2 cups soy creamer (coconut milk would also work if everybody likes the flavor)
- 1/3 cups syrup (I used apple syrup - available at my local grocery store, it was cheaper than maple and has a subtle fruity taste)
- 1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed and run through a food processor
- Mix together all ingredients and run through ice cream maker according to directions until solid but still soft.
- Freeze; thaw for several minutes before use.