Sunday, 23 January 2011

Raspberry-Vanilla Smoothie

Oh yay, coldest morning of the season so far.

One of those mornings where it seems that if you stand outside for too long, like, say, 2 minutes - your face might shatter and fall off.

These kinds of mornings make you wonder why you live in Canada when clearly your California friends are so much warmer. Where, according to the tourism commercials, all they do is lunch, drink wine, and play golf all day. I would be willing to learn to play golf if I lived there. And I have the wine thing down pat.

Now I just have to find someone who wants to adopt me...

Okay, it may be some time in coming. My son is thinking of moving down there, maybe he'll send for his poor, frozen mother later. A gal can dream. For now, a gal can bundle up and make a smoothie with her frozen fruit and pretend to be in sunnier climes.

And then go back to bed. Wake me up when it is summer.

Raspberry-Vanilla Smoothie
Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis Food Network
for IHCC California Dreaming
2 large servings


    * 1/2 cup sugar
    * 1/2 cup water
    * 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
    * 1 cup frozen raspberries
    * 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 2 cups ice


In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes. *We subbed in a little extra juice and yogurt for the syrup

Pour the cooled syrup into a blender. Add the yogurt, raspberries, apple juice, vanilla, and ice. Blend until the mixture is smooth and thick.

Pour into glasses and serve.