Thursday, July 30, 2009
Gone to the Berries
Okay, too hot here in Ecotopia for me! July has been about work, but I did manage my annual trip out to Carnation in the Snoqualmie Valley to u-pick raspberries and blueberries, now tucked into zip-lock bags in the freezer.
Raspberries are done for the season, but you can still pick blueberries each weekend well into August at Henna Blueberry Farms on the Fall City-Carnation Road. Tip: For the best frozen berries, take the time to rinse and then freeze them individually on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet before putting your berries in the freezer bags. And here's my "recipe" for one of my favorite ways to use the bounty. Be creative and improvise your own favorite:
Northwest Berry Smoothie
Throw the following into a blender:
1/3 frozen banana
handful mixed frozen local raspberries
or maybe blackberries!
1/3 cup lowfat plain yogurt (I like Nancy's)
1/2 cup organic apple juice
1T ground flax seeds
Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
(I personally like my smoothies thick enough to need a spoon.)
Check back in the next couple days for my next post about sea kayaking to Lummi Island. In the meantime, keep cool!