MM – Earth Food: Lemon Lassi
I have not seen Live Earth because I spent July 7 on a special foodbloggers‘ meeting in Bavaria, which was far more joy than watching TV. I am well aware of the state of the planet, though, and I spent some of my spare time recently reading Tim Flannerys book on global warming – The Weather Makers: Our Changing Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. This is an absolute must-read!
On top, I happened to visit a glacier area in Austria I have climbed 20 years ago, and frankly, it was a shock. I knew things would have changed, but I was not prepared for the total absence of what used to be a huge glacier skiing area… to read about global warming is one thing, to actually stand there and see it having happened in half of my own lifespan, is another – an experience that leaves an impression to say the least.
Meeta asks: what action are you taking that helps the earth?
The one thing I do consciously is, I buy locally grown organic food whenever possible. I am a subscriber to a weekly local organic veggie box scheme, and all dairy I buy is produced by organic standards and locally, because I think that think global, act local is what will have the biggest impact at least in the first world nations. Conventional food productions kills soil life, kills our water, contaminates drinking water, uses horrendous amounts of diesel and energy in general… we simply cannot afford anything but a local, sustainable food production any longer. If apples from New Zealand are cheaper than the organic ones from local orchards, something must be fundamentally wrong…
For the upcoming summer days I have chosen a simple, refreshing drink using yogurt, organic lemon, water and some sugar and mint – a lemon lassi. On those very hot days global warming can bring it may also serve as a light lunch replacement if you use full-fat yogurt. Enjoy!
240 ml good-quality fresh plain yoghurt
200 ml water
3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
1 small lemon, zest only
ice cubes, to serve
2 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish
1. In a blender, blend together the yoghurt, water, sugar, lemon juice and zest until light and frothy.
2. Taste and adjust the sugar and lemon to your liking.
3. To serve, pour into a tall glass filled with ice cubes and mint.
This is taken from the Indian Food Made Easy series at the BBC. Do not skip the mint, it is an essential ingredient which makes the lassi even more refreshing.