A series of happenings have put Modern Mouthful on the back-burner for the past few weeks, including but not limited to:
- My hard drive crashed. CRASHED. Everything: gone. Pictures, work…everything. Technology is a cruel mistress.
- It’s summer! Vacations abound. I try to leave my laptop at home because, as mentioned, technology hates me.
- We’re buying a house! It happened so fast and it’s not a done deal yet but hopefully by Friday my life will include less boxes and more square footage. I’m getting a dining room and a breakfast room, you guys. TWO TABLES. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be cooking in this kitchen by next week:
Anyway, enough of my sob story. I’m recommitting because it’s not like I’m not cooking (although in summer I tend to cook less, chop more.) More to come soon, I promise.
And as a sign of good faith, here’s an excellent Greek yogurt popsicle recipe that’s healthy and warm-weathery. Mmmm.
BLACK-AND-WHITE GREEK YOGURT POPS
original recipe from Desserts for Breakfast
makes about 6 popsicles
1 ripe white nectarine
1/2 cup ripe blackberries
2 Tbsp. citrus juice (lime, orange, lemon)
3 Tbsp. sugar
16 oz. 2% or full fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup coconut milk (shaken to combine)
1. Cut up the nectarine into small pieces with the skin on. In a small bowl, combine the blackberries, nectarine, citrus juice and 1 Tbsp. sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes then use a fork to smoosh all the fruit down to chunky pieces.
2. In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar, and coconut juice. Pour in the fruit mixture and stir to combine but try and leave streaks of color through the yogurt. Using a large spoon, fill a popsicle mold with the yogurt mixture and freeze for at least 4 hours. Alternatively, fill 6 paper cups with the mixture, freeze for about 30-minutes, then insert the popsicle sticks so they’ll stay upright.
Resist the urge (you crazy healthy people, you) to leave out the sugar OR the coconut milk. The yogurt needs all this business to freeze without getting grainy or crystallizing…something about the chemical reaction makes the pops smooth. And play with this recipe! Use different fruits or even add some herbs like basil or rosemary if you’re feeling rebellious.