Tag Archives: strawberries

Chocolate Milkshake (Light Version Available)

12 Mar
Two chocolate milkshakes garnished with chocolate syrup swirls.

Two chocolate milkshakes garnished with chocolate syrup swirls.

  • 1 cup mlik
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1.5 cup vanilla ice cream

Serves two. Adjust quantities to suit your own preferences.

1. Add all ingredients to a blender.

2. Whiz on high until thoroughly combined.

3. Pour into two tumblers and drizzle a swirl of chocolate syrup on top as a garnish.

Healthier version: replace half the amount of ice cream with frozen yogurt, use skim milk, add a banana and/or a handful of frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.).

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Strawberries: Pick Your Own

3 Jul

Pick-your-own strawberries, $1.75/lb (Canadian dollars), at Herrle’s Country Farm Market.

Strawberry season, usually between mid-June to mid-August, is finally here. During this time, some farms allow people to pick their own strawberries. It is a fun outdoor activity for all ages, supports local farmers and leaves money in your pocket as the labour cost is your own.

The pictures above are courtesy of my friend, Michael, who went to Herrle’s pick-your-own strawberry field last week. On their website, Herrles also provides some useful tips on how to select the best strawberries, how to wash and store strawberries and some interesting historical and nutritional facts about strawberries.

Strawberry Smoothies

19 Jul

Strawberry Smoothie

  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • one (ripe) banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup of strawberry or vanilla yogurt
  • 3 cups of milk
  • a blender

Place the frozen strawberries in the blender first.  This is because the frozen strawberries are the hardest item to blend and therefore should be closest to the blade.  Break up the banana into thirds and place into the blender.  Add the yogurt and milk.  Blend and mix once with a spoon between blending.  Serve with a straw since the smoothie can be quite thick.

This recipe makes two large drinks or four small ones and goes well with a breakfast meal or as a snack.   You can also substitute the strawberries with frozen mangos, peaches, raspberries or blueberries.