Here in Shreveport it is getting hot! Most of the wild spring greens we love are gone now, but we are making due 😉
We are also growing lots of plants this year. And collecting fruit trees 🙂
This is one tiny part of what we have going on here, but I love this recycled chest planter. It has tomato, two types of hot pepper, two types of basil and purslane.
Mulberry season is in full swing, too! We are so lucky to have red and white ones growing all around here!
My favorite harbinger of summer- watermelon juice!
We are gearing up for the summer market season here, and have some fun event in the works.
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Here we are in late August, and although Autumn is slowly creeping closer, you wouldn’t be able to tell by the temperatures we are still having here in Madrid. And luckily for me, the stores are still full of summertime fruit! I am certainly taking advantage of the watermelons, Galia melons, peaches, nectarine, paraguayos and berries that are in season right now.
I think I have probably eaten my weight in watermelon this summer, and most of it has been in its natural state. I tend to take half a watermelon, get a spoon, sit down at the table and chow down! But I decided to branch out a little bit and make a drink, and this one came out deeelish! It is such a lovely deep purple color and so very hydrating.
This drink is a delightfully refreshing way to cool down on a hot late summers day and still get your greens in!
So, without further ado-
Purple Summer Cooler:
Makes 2 servings
Blend and strain the following:
3.5 cups watermelon
1 small head romaine lettuce
1 cup frozen mixed berries (I used blackberries, raspberries, cherries and mulberries)
Then, blend the mixture with 1 frozen banana. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy! Easy-Peasy 🙂
The other day, I had a massive raw chocolate making session and I came up with:
Mulberry Crunch Chocolates:
raw organic chocolate with white mulberries and buckwheaties, sweetened with local honey!
And then these Chicha Chocolates:
Raw, organic white chocolate with purple corn extract, pineapple and spices, sweetened with agave nectar.