It’s the smoothie of my dreams.
(It could well be the smoothie of your dreams, too, if you’re willing to give it a try.)
Truth be told, this creation is actually the smoothie of my insomnia-before-the-dreams, as it came to me in a vision at 3am. (Right before I saw Gizmo’s shadow creep across my wall and, panic-stricken, completely stopped breathing. However, I soon remembered that Gizmo himself isn’t dangerous, and so I calmed down.)
In the shimmeringly hot summer day following that insomniac night, I couldn’t stop thinking about a frosty smoothie made with sweet strawberries, a hint of rosewater, creamy almond milk, and something, something, something to give it a jazzy edge.
I needed the jazzy, you see, because post-Melbourne life has been lacking in pizzazz.
There was the usual anticlimax of coming home after an exhilarating holiday, but that wasn’t all. There was also the strange mélange of sadness and guilt that comes with being the one who ends something. There was the uncertainty of a work situation in flux, the hopelessness of being unable to fix things for people you care about, and dropping a canister of sprinkles all over the kitchen floor. Sticky-crunchy-sadface.
But soon enough and sure enough, little things appeared to make life dazzle again. There was uncontrollable giggling over Facebook-banter with someone who’s popped back into my life. Texts and tweets from people who knew what was going on and wanted to send smiles and support. Promises to drink Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Chocolate. An email full of ridiculously cute animals and a link to this website (Thanks Jess; every time I read “Missing Missy”, I feel proud to be Australian*). Having enough sprinkles left to create a smiley face on my peanut butter toast.
And, of course, there was this smoothie. This perfectly sweet, zingy, creamy, frosty, fruity, perfect perfect Strawberry Rose smoothie, with its ruby strawberries, hint of rosewater, nutty almond milk, and dried tart cherries to gave it a jazzy edge.
My Strawberry Rose Smoothie was everything I wanted and imagined it to be. The small scoop of dried sour cherries nicely balanced the sweetness of the strawberries, and the rosewater and vanilla were subtle enough to create a taste that was not so much floral as queen-like and ethereal.
Yes, I just described the flavour of this smoothie as “queen-like and ethereal”. No, I don’t know what I mean either. All I do know is that, right at this minute, I’m walking on sunshine. And that’s all that matters.
Strawberry Rose Smoothie
Vegan, Dairy-Free, Optionally Raw
- 3/4 – 1 cup almond milk (homemade for raw version)
- 1/2 tsp rosewater, or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups (200g) frozen strawberries
- 2 tb (13g) dried tart cherries
- sweetener to taste, optional
- Throw everything in your blender and blend to the most glorious, pretty, refreshing, deliriously wonderful smoothie of happiness. If possible, enjoy whilst fluttering over exciting dreams.
Question Time: Have you ever dreamed up a recipe in the middle of the night? And what excites you about this coming year?
* Speaking of, Happy Australia Day! Vegemite Tim Tams Bonza Mate Beneath Our Radiant Southern Cross Damper Lorikeets Cockatoos Platypus Wattle Esky Hills Hoist How’s The Serenity to you all!