One of my favourite parts of living in the Fraser Valley happens around this time of year. We get a lot of rain here, it’s moist, we get sunshine but not like the Okanagan (seriously, sky is bluer there), we get snow, but not like the Okanagan (all you Kelowna snow shovelers would collapse under the weight of our slush – it’s all fluff and stuff for you) and so, most often, while we’re happy here I catch myself saying – it’s nice in Smelliwack but it’s not the Okanagan.
Then July rolls around and I begin thinking – it’s nice up there in the OK but it’s no here! You see, it’s berry season, we’re the proud home of Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries. At almost any given time you can stop on the side of the road and buy some fresh out of the field local berries that make your mouth water. (They also make something else water if you consume to many. Gross I know, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
If you’re smart, and most locals are you consume as many as possible before the above happens, and then take a 25 minute break and start over. You shovel them in your mouth and the mouths of your family from morning to night, before the season ends and right when it does, you buy as many as the budget allows, and freeze ’em just to savour the goodness till next year.
We, this year, happen to be the smart locals. We not only bought, picked (thanks Dad!) and enjoyed, we also baked (you remember the Lemon Raspberry Muffins? They’re 30 million times better with fresh berries), froze and made ice cream!
My Dad picked all these raspberries for me so I didn’t have to do it. An hour of love from him and about 3 days of munching for me!
That’s right, a few weeks back, Bethany, Audrey and I decided to use our delicious local strawberries to make some homemade strawberry ice cream, that was healthy(ier) and that I could even have a little of too. (Most ice cream these days is full of crap and junk and High Fructose Corn Syrup, meaning I can’t eat it)
We sliced, we let sit, we poured and we mixed, then we froze and it was wonderful! The best, and freshest tasting ice cream I’ve ever had! If you have an ice cream maker you NEED to try this recipe, if you don’t but were thinking of one, it’s worth the investment (or the MC points like I used) the fun of making the ice cream, paired with the delicious flavour and the joy of knowing how to pronounce each ingredient going into your desert make the eating of the desert pure, sweet joy.
ps. I also “believe” that since I made the ice cream from scratch, the effort it took to buy the ingredients, slice them up and mix them together completely erases the calories that were consumed when I ate it. You too can subscribe to this method of thinking and also enjoy your desert guilt and calorie free 🙂