With this month’s WIAW motto and it being – at least for US readers – National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month there’s been a lot of produce action going on. Isn’t that really happening just naturally this time of the year? The season boasting with fresh fruit and vegetables makes at least me even more likely to go overboard when produce shopping – yes for Summer! Thanks to Jenn for hosting this fabulously fresh [not that I liked alliterations a bit too much ;)] food party once again!
Seeing as the temperatures have been climbing at record speed hitting up to 28 °C/ 82 °F as a current record for this year so far yesterday it’s been all about staying cool and refreshed for me. Rather than having it as a main meal zucchini pasta has been a favourite savoury snack of mine these days. Using salsa instead of a cooked sauce, adding chickpeas, mushrooms and fresh basil it’s a fast and fresh mini meal.
Thanks to the arrival of my new blender an old favourite’s been making an appearance in my diet again: Banana Softserve! Whether plain or Thin Mint-style with added cocoa powder and mint extract I’ve been going through bananas at record speed – I’m not sure what my roommate thinks about my banana hoarding habits ;).
Speaking of frozen treats you might know I’m not too keen on frozen yogurt. Yet I had to get myself a cup when a new one from the UK hit the shelves of a supermarket chain as a weekly offer. It’s YooMoo brand and after finding out it was suitable for vegetarians I didn’t hesitate any longer. The verdict? It tastes like … ice cream. A rather plain ice cream with – in my case – tropical fruit sauce swirled throughout. Not bad but if I want ice cream I’m going for just that not frozen yogurt. For me, it’s the slight tanginess and softserve consistency that makes frozen yogurt. While the consistency was definitely lighter than regular ice cream there was no tang to it at all. Well, you win some, you loose some.
In case you read my last post you’ll remember me talking about the traditional German dessert Rote Grütze. Turns out it makes an awesome addition to my ever-expanding Greek yogurt bowls. Tangy, creamy coconut flour-thickened Greek yogurt mixed with sweet berry “pudding” – a match made in foodie heaven.
In case any of you would like to try Rote Grütze but can’t find it in stores I’ll post a recipe – let me know.
Happiness inducing today: A sweet encouraging mail from my dad which is quite unlikely for him not being a huge mailing/texting person so I appreciated it even more.
What has the weather been like for you? Germany – and especially the part I’m living in – sure can’t keep up with the temperatures elsewhere in the world.
How do you stay cool on hot Summer days?
What’s your favourite spin on banana softserve?