Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Strawberry Milk


When I was young, I would spend the summer days at my grandparent's house when my parents worked. I would arrive early in the morning and go back to sleep in the spare bedroom which I heard some years later, that it was haunted by the spirit of a child...fun, right?

Mid-morning, my uncle would arrive for a visit, and bonus, he brought my cousins with him. These girls were my partners in crime and their arrival signified a much needed break in the otherwise boring day at my grandparents house. Once we played tag in the yard, watched the one episode of Sesame Street that was allowed and played whatever make-believe game we conjured up, it was time for a snack.
What we ate, I don't remember, but what I do remember is the canister of Strawberry Quick milk drink powder set out on the table and how I was not fond of it at all. No one liked it, all the kids wanted chocolate, why the fake strawberry crap, grandma? I don't know and in taking one sip of the stuff, my young taste buds were indignant. Why, oh why was it the only thing we had to drink other than plain milk...which was gross. Duh.

Feeling rather nostalgic lately, I wanted strawberry milk, but what I wanted was a full-flavored drink made with real strawberries. Not"natural" flavoring with red no. 40.
Because I am a grown-ass adult now, I'd like my strawberry milk a little more complex too, with another element of flavor. So I steeped the milk with a bit of lavender and let it chill before I added the strawberry syrup.You don't have too though, and it will be just as lovely.

Strawberry Milk
1 Pint Strawberries, sliced
1/2  cup Sugar
Milk or milk alternative

1. Let the strawberries marinate in the sugar to release the natural juices.
2. Puree the strawberries until smooth.
3. Strain the puree in a fine mesh strainer.
4. In a sauté pan over medium high heat, bring the puree to a boil, stirring occasionally.
5. Once the mixture becomes foamy, it will begin to gel. Continue to stir quickly to prevent scorching.
6. Reduce the mixture by half and the color will be a deep red and the scent will gloriously fill your kitchen. Chill completely.

7. Mix as much strawberry sauce as you want into a glass of milk and stir. Strain into glasses if desired, otherwise, pour into glasses and stick a straw in it! Enjoy.