From Too Many Chefs -

April 5, 2006
My Conversion

smoothie.jpgSome people convert from Judaism to Catholicism or the reverse. Some peole convert from Imperial to metric. I have converted from being a smoothie-hater to a smoothie-lover. I'm not sure why I took against them in the first place. They seemed like a fad. I didn't own a blender so there was no point making them in my own home and they always seem awfully expensive outside of my home. And I guess it was also the fact that they take perfectly good fruit and reduce it to a drink. I love fruit just the way it is, thank you very much. Oh yeah, and I've never been overly fond of the milk product and fruit combination. (With the sole exception of those orange push up ice cream treats that I used to get from the ice cream truck: it seems to me they were a little creamy.)

But now that the critic bought me a gorgeous blender to match my gorgeous KitchenAid mixer, I have converted. For one thing, it gives me a reason to use my gorgeous blender. For another, it allows me to use up fruit that is getting past its perfect-consumption-date. And then it is pretty darn tasty.

So here you have my recipe: take a couple of cups of strawberries that are starting to look tired, add a couple of kiwis, a container of plain yogurt and a few ice cubes. Zing. Pour. Yum.

The Critic said, "This would be great with vodka in it."

Posted by Meg in Sussex at April 5, 2006 12:58 AM

If you're anti-dairy/fruit, add a little oj and more ice. It makes a nice slushy.

Posted by barrett on April 5, 2006 at 7:17 AM

AND it would go better with the vodka. Why didn't I think of that? : )

Posted by Meg on April 5, 2006 at 7:28 AM

Add some rosewater and use mangoes and you've got a lassi. When samosas and pakoras become popular junk foods we'll have to come up with new names for them.

Posted by Cambias on April 5, 2006 at 8:51 AM

I've been on smoothies for years. We make them in the a.m. and stick them in our to-go coffee cups and take them to work. I only use frozen fruit though. I use a handful of frozen fruit, yogurt, 1 banana and OJ or low fat milk. Not only are they good for you, they are so filling and not high in calories.

Posted by Jennifer on April 9, 2006 at 7:39 PM