When I create a blog post on a recipe, I try to think about why a recipe is meaningful to me. What’s the first thing I think about when I think of the recipe? Did I grow up eating it? Was there some positive happening in my life I associate with the food? Was there a cool story as to how I found the recipe? Usually there’s some reason it’s meaningful. So when I think of a strawberry lemonade smoothie, what do I think of? Actually, I have a pretty strong association between strawberry lemonade smoothies and the strawberry lemonade at Red Robin’s. They did free refills on the strawberry lemonade and the French Fries. As a young teenager, eager to prove himself, I would take it upon myself to see how many of those free refills I could drink in one sitting. This happened more times than I care to admit…..but I could usually drink 6-8 of them before nausea would set in. The things we do for the acceptance of others….sigh. Luckily I grew out of such attempts at bravado and I even have a job now, so I guess things turned out okay. So for me, I guess strawberry lemonade smoothie reminds me of my youth, both the good times, and the self-inflicted nausea times.
In 1896, a depository of ancient Jewish records (known as the Cairo Genizah) was discovered in Egypt. The discovery of the Cairo Genizah has been described to be as significant as the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls. The depository contained many significant biblical and religious records. It also provided a previously unknown glimpse into middle eastern life during the 10th to 13th centuries. Contained in the records are mentions of qatarmizat, a drink made from the juice of freshly squeezed lemons sweetened with sugar. According to the records, it was a popular drink and was commonly traded in markets throughout the land.
History has a way of reminding us that we’re not too different from those in the past: we still like lemons, and we still like sugar.
Don’t worry if you can’t find plain lime sherbet at the store. Just buy rainbow sherbet and scoop out the green stuff. Problem solved.