There was a time when I got sick constantly. It probably didn’t help matters that I lived with a roommate who had a disease that left her immune system weak and was always having colds & sniffles or that we lived in a damp basement suite or even that I was living a rock n’ roll lifestyle. No really! I was working days at a record store and I played bass in a power-pop-punk band at night. Being sick was just something I dealt with every few months. But when I moved out on my own and got a career and finally started living my life with just a sprinkling how adults are supposed to live, then the sickness stopped. Now, I can proudly boast that I get sick once every two years which I think is a pretty nice record.
Unfortunately, that 2 year window closed on me a couple of days ago. On Monday I went to bed with a sore throat and a bit of random coughing. The next 2 days were worse with aches and pains that left me with just enough stamina to hit the forward button whenever the theme song or credits would play on Season Four of the Gilmore Girls DVD. I was hurtin’. Needless to say there was not much cooking being done in this household. The only real treat I could muster up was my morning breakfast smoothie. Really, there are no hard to find ingredients or complex instructions in this one. Which surprises me as to why there are smoothie blends found in grocery store freezer sections. Are people really struggling with the concept of a smoothie? Fruit + Yogurt + Juice + Spinning Blades = Smoothie. It’s not a complex equation. Here’s my top secret “recipe”:
pretty in pink smoothie
1. Take a handful of frozen strawberries and put them into a blender. If you are lucky, you will have a beautiful actual vintage model beehive style Osterizer found at Value Village for $4.
2. Add a few generous spoonfulls of yogurt overtop the strawberries. I use a delicious organic vanilla yogurt from Vancouver Island that is so tasty that it actually converted me to liking yogurt in the first place.
3. Then, pour some orange juice over everything and hit blend. You may need to add more orange juice if everything churns to a crawl.
Pour into a fun glass and drink with a straw (or not).
* If I make this for Cornelius, I add a frozen banana too. I hate bananas, so I don’t add it in mine.
Sorry you’re sick! Like you, I had a long period where I was sickly (childhood, mostly), then ended up being an unnaturally healthy adult. I’m very intrigued by your band–anything you care to share?
I am interested in the band too! Fun!
Amy & Rachel, I have nothing to share from my band days other than we were called the go-devils (a very rock n’ roll name!), i had awesome hair (black & bright red stripes with betty page bangs!) and we played local dive bars. it was fun but we didn’t put out an album or anything. i just might have a cassette with some demos but that’s all well hidden 😉
Tania, Cornelius can only make toast & hotdogs. That is it, sadly.
Oh no … I hope you’re feeling much, much better soon! But shouldn’t Cornelius be making these smoothies for you?? 😉
Feel better, m’dear! Being sick is no fun. Fab name for the smoothie, though. Enjoy Gilmore Girls 🙂
Mmmm…smoothies! If you have any lime cordial kicking around (if you’re a vintage cocktail junkie like me, then you will!), try adding a couple of tablespoons to your smoothie – makes a sort of “margarita” flavour! Strawberries and limes are excellent together.
I’ve been trailing my way through your archives and read this post. You’ve made so many fab recipes that I plan to copy in my own very tiny kitchen!
I know you don’t like bananas, and neither do I, but give them a try frozen in a smoothie. You will not be able to tell it’s there – it’s the only way I can eat bananas, unless you count banana bread.