Friday, July 31, 2009
Peach Ginger Smoothie
I have been waiting, with the degree of impatience I once reserved for Santa Claus, for the first local peaches of the season. Ontario peaches come in cute cardboard baskets with handles and are instantly recognizable. They are also delicious and juicy and perfect for freezing for smoothies.
When I'd finished at my volunteer shift on Tuesday, I clued in that the grocery store was on my way home, and I stopped in to pick up a few essentials. And there they were! Ontario Peaches! All lined up and lovely looking in their baskets. Hoorah!
Of course, when I got to the cash and put my few items on the belt I remembered one thing: I don't bring my wallet with me when I go to volunteer. In fact, when we're trained we're taught to leave valuables at home. I scurried back to the produce section and put my peaches away. Bummer. I had to wait a few more days before I stopped in, with my wallet, to get some. Luckily, this smoothie is worth the wait.
Something about the combination of peaches and ginger is greater than the sum of its parts. They just combine so well, especially in the summer when the peaches are fresh and the weather is, in theory, warm. (Maybe all you west coasters can send us easterners a letter telling us what summer heat is like. Because I think we've forgotten.) Anyway, this is an easy and delightful addition to your breakfast, no matter how dismal the weather is outside.
Peach Ginger Smoothie
1 banana, peeled, frozen and cut into a few big chunks
1 whole peach, peeled, pitted and chopped into big chunks
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or soy milk
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
Blend everything together until it's all nice and smooth and there are no gross banana chunks leftover. Serve with sliced peaches or bits of candied ginger if you're fancy.
-Use your microplane grater or the smallest surface of your big grater to do the ginger. Then you don't end up chewing on bits of ginger while drinking your shake. And everyone by now must know that ginger is so much easier to grate if you keep it frozen all the time. Do it! Your life will change.
-Looks like I'm going to get to go back on TV and do some more cooking demonstrations! If anyone has any suggestions of what I should cook, please let me know. The number of dishes that be demonstrated in under 7 minutes, with only a stove top, while talking, are few and far between!
-I usually put in way more ginger than the recipe calls for, but I didn't want to over-ginger you, my readers. But by all means, use the "to taste" method of ginger distribution. I also freeze my peaches along with my bananas, but that's not required.