Sunday, July 02, 2006

Lassi, Come Home!

Once the June Gloom goes away, we get the hot direct SoCal morning sun. Unimpeded. From before 6AM on through the morning. So that whole side of the house gets hot early. Along with the backyard.

It’s that kind of hot that takes the fun out of morning coffee. You really are craving something cool (ice coffee for next week?).

We slept in a little – Sunday morning – so everything was in full toaster mode by the time we got up.

Eggs? Forget it. Too heavy for such a hot morning. Pancakes? Toast? Bleh! Just sitting at the table sipping coffee, my shirt was damp with sweat.

And we couldn’t get to our vegetable market last week – too much going on – so there were just 3 pithy apples left. And a box of mangos.

Everyone was already motzing about how we had had a lot of mangos lately (man! talk about being spoiled!). But I think it was the heat talking.

So I went cool. Mangos and ice. A Lassi. Not the dog. The drink. A smoothie. Light. Cold. Fresh.

Usually such a light breakfast would elicit moans of despair from every corner. But not today. With everyone wilted in some corner, resistance was light.

And the result was great. The mangos were ripe, sweet, delicious. Fortunately, we had just enough ice left (TeenBoy sneaks it and sucks on the cubes all day to stay cool), and even our two week old mint was still sufficiently alive to join the party. Some non-fat yogurt (of course), and the breakfast was set.

Instead of the orange juice called for in most recipes, we used fresh lime juice. And out of every manner of sweetener, we added some Grenadine. Just a touch.

A perfect breakfast, if a bit on the light side, for what promises to be a very hot day!

Mango and Lime Lassi
Recipe by Surfindaave
Serves 4

2 ½ cups fresh mango, cut into cubes
¼ cup fresh lime juice, or to taste
2-3 tbsp Grenadine
1 cup crushed ice
2 cups non-fat yogurt
sprigs of fresh mint for garnish, if desired

In a blender or food processor, combine the mango, lime juice and Grenadine. Add the ice, and combine till smooth. Add the yogurt, and process until just combined. Pour into 4 tall, chilled glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. Serve. Enjoy!

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