Summer(y) food

Summer weather has been here for the last one week. There was even a summer storm here today! We were so happy to watch the branches swaying in the wind while big rain drops fell. And there was the smell of wet earth! It had been so long since I came across that smell. No matter where I am, the sudden summer showers on hot summer days is such a pleasure!

Last week, we got fresh Finnish strawberries. Like Finnish summer, Finnish berries are a treat to look forward to!

finnish strawberries
finnish strawberries

I have never frozen them. Hopefully, this year I will freeze strawberries and blueberries. And also make jam. With some from this batch of strawberries, we made strawberry milkshake with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

strawberry milkshake
strawberry milkshake

It was refreshing to drink instead of hot black tea (my everyday tea).

We usually eat plain yoghurt everyday either with cooked rice (a very South Indian thing!) or butter milk or lassi or raita, etc. When temperature goes higher, the first lunch/dinner option we think of is yoghurt rice. It is cooked rice with salt, plain yoghurt, grated ginger, finely chopped green chillies and tempered spices (whole mustard, cumin and asafoetida). This is the basic variety. Variations include using turmeric for yellow color, adding grated cucumber, chopped fruits (my mom adds cucumbers, grapes and pomegranate), toasted peanuts and cashewnuts.

Curd rice/ Yoghurt rice
Curd rice/ Yoghurt rice

In the above picture is the basic yoghurt rice (also called curd rice). Yoghurt rice with different variations was part of menu over half of last week!

These days are perfect to go for walks at night. I had my camera with me during one of those walks and captured a few beautiful night sky sceneries. Here is one of them.

Summer night
Summer night

Gorgeous, isn’t it? Reminds me of a postcard TH got from his friend in Lapland!


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