Strawberry Recipe #3...Strawberry-Basil Italian Ice!
Personalities are funny little things. They are a way for us to package ourselves, for our own understanding, and to present our "qualities" to others. But they are more than that. We often hold to our personality like a security blanket, a disclaimer for our quirks, shortcomings and bad habits. "I can't help that I _____, it's just the way I AM." The truth is, any of us can change something about ourselves IF WE WANT TO. That's the beauty of humanity, we choose. Life happens, but we choose how we will respond to it.
I have considered myself a Type A personality most of my life. Driven, focused, orderly, an over-achiever. Yes, there was this artistic side...a touch of whimsy, but overall, my ducks were marching straight as an arrow. This was my "personality" I told myself. I lived that way for a long time, but found it very wearing! The older I got, the more I realized that a little chaos could be a good thing. Although tricky for us perfectionist types, chaos will HELP you relax and simplify your life, after the initial shock of course. Having your cage rattled can actually inspire a person to discover what is truly important in life, and to find balance. I have decided to let go of a lot of my former personality traits, for a less complicated temperament. It's been a healthy transition. The new me isn't afraid of making mistakes, and doesn't have to turn everything into a production...I like this girl.
After all, it's the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. I present you with an easy-going treat that packs a powerful punch. The combination of fresh garden strawberries, basil leaves and lemon zest creates a stunning flavor that's sure to keep you blending and freezing ALL summer! This light and hassle-free dessert is perfect for your kiddos, or your most distinguished dinner guests on a sultry summer evening.
There are two ways to present Italian ice. 1. Freeze the mixture in one large container, then shave with a spoon into fancy little serving dishes. 2. Pour the blended mixture into sturdy dessert cups and freeze. Then allow each person to shave their own ice with their spoons. Either way--it's amazing!
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo DaVinci
Strawberry Basil Italian Ice
1 pint fresh strawberries
¼ cup basil leaves
1 ½ cups simple syrup
Zest and Juice of 1 lemon
To make the simple syrup, combine one cup of water and one cup of sugar in a small sauce pan or microwave safe bowl. Heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool a little.
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into 1 large container, or 6 small dishes. Freeze.
When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and set on the container for 10 minutes. Then use your spoon to shave away!
Make a little over 3 cups, or 6 individual servings.