Sunday, March 20, 2011
The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming. It is most undeniably spring, not just because Google says so, but because it truly feels like spring. No matter how much we long for warmth during those long dark winter months, we just get longer and darker days. We may imagine lying on hot sand at the shore, enjoying ice cream outdoors, taking long walks around the park… but it’s all useless. Just like how we cannot simply conjure up spring in the wintertime, there is absolutely nothing we can do about it when spring finally comes along. Thanks to Mother Nature, who is oh-so-stubborn, we simply have to accept what we are given. Thank goodness that means spring right now.
Is spring the best season? Do I like to cook? Do you like to eat? Do pigs…YES!!!! Yes. Yes. Yes absolutely. You may ask, why? Well, the beginning of spring means that:
1. You can finally enjoy cold desserts (think ice cream) OUTSIDE without having to pretend that you aren’t cold at all
2. The vivid yellow of Daffodils starts to line the streets
3. It’s time to engage in some fun, refreshing, and rewarding spring-cleaning
4. You can enjoy the few weeks of natural warmth after the heaters leave you alone and before the air conditioners start to infiltrate your fresh air
5. Lambs are born.
6. You can walk to school at seven in the morning with the sun shining in your face
7. You can finally pull out your cute and colorful shorts, tank tops and jandals (flip-flops)
8. You can enjoy either basking in the sunshine or splashing in the puddles
9. Picnics don’t have to be indoors anymore
10. There are only three more months before summer vacation
11. It’s time for you to learn how to make the easiest mango gelato in the world!
I have to admit, I’m not really sure if this can be considered gelato. It’s definitely not sorbet, as it contains milk; it’s not ice cream, as it doesn’t have any cream; it’s not frozen yogurt because well, it has no yogurt. Whatever this concoction of mine really is, it tastes like the mango gelato at the mall, so I’m going to call it mango gelato and that’s that.
I beg you, please stop reading this and go outside for a walk (I don’t care if it’s midday or midnight). I know you’re simply dying to try out this recipe, but do take in some fresh air first as it will only heighten your appreciation for this mango gelato. So get into your sneakers, plug in your iPod, and spring into the new season!
1 ½ cup frozen mango pieces (from Trader Joe’s)
1 cup soymilk
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Whiz until smooth. Serve immediately, or you may wish to freeze for 30 minutes for it to harden a bit.