Decidedly, I want to proclaim every season my favorite for cooking and food. Those spring greens. The summer's bounty from the garden. Fall squash and Thanksgiving. And when I think of Christmas, I usually envision treats, but they aren't the only delights of the season.
Citrus season is a favorite of mine. I can only imagine the pleasure our ancestors experienced when they received a perfectly sweet orange in the dreary months of winter (back before the ease of transportation rendered them ubiquitous in our markets). For me, a plump and perfectly sweet/tart grapefruit makes a satisfying dessert on a winter evening. But last night's dessert was an Orange Julius smoothie (remember those?)! (Recipe below)
My son relishes the arrival of pomegranates. This year, he received a little pamphlet on the proper technique to open one. It works like a charm!
Yesterday, I was pleased to find persimmons--- colorful and perfectly ripe--- on sale on the shelves of Whole Foods.
Like flickering holiday lights so bright in the winter months, so are these special fruits of the season. I find myself drawn to them this time of year. Though they are quite perfect on their own, there are many ways to enjoy them...
Simple Bites' citrus salad with a drizzling of rose water sounds like a great option!
- 2 large oranges, peeled
- 1 C. prepared Orange Juice (or fresh squeezed---even better)!
- 1/2 C. simple syrup (or to taste)
- 2 tsp. powdered milk
- a handful of ice
Blend it all up and enjoy! Serves 2.