Oceans are beautiful, aren't they? I am lucky to have grown up on the ocean, spending my youth just a few minutes from the peaceful rocky beaches of British Columbia. I still live near the ocean here in Vancouver, and admit I might find it tough to ever live away from it. I am also lucky enough to live in one of the top cherry producing regions in the world. You know, those dark red fruits that grow up to the size of small plums and stain your hands and clothes as well as your palate, rendering it useless to enjoy any other fruit as much (at this time of the year). Oceans and cherries. Two wonderful things.'
Well, you can imagine the sheer glee on our recent island weekend at the discovery (by me, my daughter, and my visiting younger sister) of cherry trees laden with ripe fruit growing seaside not far from our parents home. There isn't a much better way to cap off a leisurely afternoon of sunshine and swimming at the beach than taking a spontaneous detour down a country lane to find bushels of your favourite fruits - just hanging there amongst the shipwrecks and sun-laden stillness.
My sister and I felt like kids again without a care in the world, except maybe being late to dinner at home as a result of our spontaneous excursion to the seaside orchard. Not far from when we were kids really, now that I think about it. And it felt good. Today I'm excited to share those photos with you all as well as this simple and truly delicious recipe for a memorable summer drink. Another simple recipe requiring no more than 2 ingredients, this summer chiller really, truly, hits the spot.
Chilled Cherry Almond Smoothie:
- (1) heaping cup pitted ripe cherries
- (1) cup almond milk (homemade how-to is here)
- (6) ice cubes
To pit cherries, use the ripest fruit you can. If you have a cherry pitter, go ahead and use it, but I never have and (like usual) prefer to use my own tools (my hands). If the fruit is ripe, simply tear the cherry open and remove the pits with your hands. If they are more on the firm side, you can open them with a knife (like an apple) and remove the pit then.
If you have the almond milk handy, simply combine the milk and cherries in a blender and add the ice cubes. Blend on high until frothy. Serve as desired and enjoy! A simple, easy way to cool down and enjoy two healthful and delicious foods. Nothing fancy. But somehow it still seems fancy to me - how about you?
Summer is here and it's a beautiful thing, my weekend at home was such a fabulous one, and much love to my folks and to my sister for the time together! On another note, we are in the 10-day countdown until we leave for our trip to France for 3 whole weeks! I'll be blogging from there as there will be just too much to keep up with, especially as we try to work our way through it all in true 'less is more' fashion.