strawberry lassi

summary: summer heat; strawberry lassis; (click on image to see larger view and more photos)

lassi Hot… it’s hot outside. It’s almost as hot inside….

My desk thermometer says 29.6C.

I’m NOT complaining (very much). I love that it’s summer. I love NOT having to put on sweater, scarf, face scarf, hat, muffler, woolly socks, boots, mittens before trudging out to walk my bike to the road because it’s too icy in the lane to ride. I love waltzing over to the park a couple of blocks away to see what the farmers have brought this time. I love waltzing a little further to the little shops on our high street that are selling all kinds of beautiful Ontario (and foreign) fruits and vegetables.

We’re just finishing strawberry season here. In our neighbourhood, Ontario strawberries have been priced at a dollar more than the equivalent number of California strawberries. The Ontario strawberries SMELL like strawberries. The California strawberries only LOOK like strawberries. There isn’t even a hint of strawberry aroma coming from them. (I certainly hope that Californians get strawberries that have ripened in the fields rather than in the trucks as they’re shipped. It’s just tragic that people get duped into buying those ersatz red things posing as fresh fruit.

And it’s disgraceful that it costs the consumer more to buy berries that have travelled a fraction of the distance.

lassi But we’re worth the extra dollar for the real strawberries. Luscious beautiful red strawberries. Strawberries galore. This is the second batch of strawberries that we bought as soon as strawberries came into season.

In the past couple of weeks, we have been going crazy with strawberries. We’ve had so many strawberries that we’re almost (but not quite) tired of strawberries – there’s been strawberry short cake, strawberry sauce for ice cream, strawberries in Sangria, fresh strawberries with granola for breakfast.

And strawberry lassis. Because it’s lassi season! There’s nothing more refreshing.

Hmmmm, is it time for another lassi?

 

 

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  • Thank you for stopping by my blog. Indeed batzina does not require time to rise. Your blog looks beautiful so does your yogurt shake. It is really hot hear too. We have 36 degrees Celcius. I can understand the feeling

    edit 6 July 08:46EDT: Ewwwwww!!! That’s revolting, Katerina. (not the batzina, the heat) It’s only 25.6C here right now (outside) but the temperature didn’t really drop overnight (it only went down to about 22) so the house didn’t really get a chance to cool off. My desktop thermometer now reads 30.1C. The batsina sounds lovely. Now excuse me while I go make another lassi. -Elizabeth

  • Hot, 36° C …. wooooo yes you’ve got hot! Lassi is perfect.
    I know strawberry would be lovely.
    This spring … I don’t know what possessed me but I tried a pink grapefruit in my lassie and fell head over for it. It sounds strange with it being so acid but it’s really lovely.
    Yes time for another Lassie.

    edit 6 July 08:46EDT: Grapefruit lassi! I would never have thought of that, Tanna. It sounds good. (Rats. No grapefruits in the house… I might have to stagger out into the mirk to go to the fruit market). -Elizabeth

  • This lassie likes mine with berries or peaches…not a big fan of grapefruits. As a Californian I’m ashamed of the strawberries we send all over. They come to our stores, too, but i won’t buy them. Fortunately a local farmer grows delightful, ripe, juicy strawberries…organic, too…and charges a reasonable amount for them. We have been eating them almost daily. I’ll have to try them in a lassi…sounds perfect!

    edit 7 July 07:53EDT: I wondered whether Californians were saddled with those terrible strawberries as well, Elle. How incredibly sad to hear that you are! And lucky you to have access to locally farmed strawberries. Enjoy the lassi! -Elizabeth