The end of last week was brutal and unbearable. It was driving me crazy.
I’m referring to the absolutely ridiculous heat wave that struck New York on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Temperatures rose to well over 100°F, and the humidity in the air only made things feel even worse. I dread when the temperature goes past 85°F, so this was just madness. Friday was by far the worst day of the three; all the weather stations said the temperature reached 111°F, and for once, I believed the weatherman! It certainly felt that hot. The ten minutes that I spent outside on Friday afternoon to buy something for lunch were probably some of the worst ten minutes of my life.
Ok, I’m clearly exaggerating, I’m sure there have been worse moments in my life, but for argument’s sake…let’s just say those ten minutes were preetttyy bad. Not to mention all the time I spent waiting in subway stations for the trains to arrive…that was pretty bad too.
By the time I got home from my internship, I had made up my mind that there was absolutely no way I was going to bake a single thing during the entire weekend. I had no desire to turn on the oven, or do anything of the sort. I wanted something that could be prepared really fast, required no heat, and was refreshing.
Enter strawberry lassi. Lassi is an Indian yogurt-based fruit beverage, usually prepared with mango. I absolutely love lassi; I always find myself ordering it whenever I have Indian food (which is fairly often). I had no mangos in my kitchen Friday afternoon, and there was NO way I was braving the heat again to go buy some at the supermarket, so I settled for fresh strawberries, which I conveniently happened to have in my refrigerator. I’m glad I settled. Strawberry lassi may be a bit unconventional, but it’s delicious!
Adapted from Joylicious
· 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved
· ½ cup honey
· pinch of salt
· 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
· 1 cup crushed ice
Combine the strawberries, honey, and salt in a blender. Purée until the strawberries are smooth.
Add the Greek yogurt, and blend until smooth. Repeat with the ice.