Week 8 - Why Eating Snow Can Make You Happy.
Oh, snow! It can bring about feelings of dread or happiness. Some of us love to watch the white flakes gently fall from the sky while others look at the flakes in disgust. I have always been the later. The sight of snow as an adult has always brought about a sense of claustrophobia and the rush to stare at anything that resembles the Caribbean. As the years have gone by, I have moved farther and farther away from the snowy winters of the Midwest and now reside in a land of the sunshine and palm trees.
This week, I decided it was time to get back to my roots, and I met a big bunch of snow head on. After many hours frolicking in the white powder, I decided snow isn't so bad. In fact, there is a ton of creative stuff that can be done with snow and it's fun. The coolest idea was to make a recipe with freshly fallen snow. Sounds kind of gross right? Perhaps a chance to catch dysentery? However, like a subtle layer of powder over the landscape that won't melt, I had a burning desire to create a new recipe from a big scoop of icy snowflakes.
But I didn't do it. I missed my chance. I left the snow back in the mountains. I failed at an opportunity to create something new.
I had to improvise. This recipe isn't made with real snow, but it is a frosty, delicious dessert inspired by the pure driven snow.
Cherries In The Snow
makes about 4- 6oz servings
- 12 oz dark sweet frozen cherries
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup sour cherry juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 - 33.8 oz coconut water
- frozen coconut whipped cream
Step 1: Place the cherries, sugar, juice and vanilla extract into a large saucepan. Stir ingredients together and let simmer on medium heat until the juice becomes slightly thickened. Let the sauce cool completely.
Step 2: Once the cherry sauce has cooled, pour the coconut water into a frozen ice cream maker and use according to the manufacturer's directions. The coconut water should become "snow" in approximately 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Place the "snow" into serving glasses and pour the cherry syrup on top. Garnish with a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
It's it truly one of the most refreshing and delicious desserts ever made. Snow really isn't so bad, is it? Maybe it can even make us happy.
Until tomorrow Snow Birds.