This post was written in the city. No refrigerator in the village, after all.
While taking a few minutes to organize my fridge this evening, I observed something interesting. There is an insane amount of dairy on those cold shelves, considering that I live alone and am expecting to be in the city for only 2 more days. We’re talking farm-fresh milk, cheese, ice cream, buttermilk, fermented milk drink, and homemade yogurt – at least 2 – 4 servings of each item.
Can you tell I grew up in Lewis County? I am no farmer’s daughter, yet those dairy country roots run deep, friends. The smell of manure still spells h-o-m-e in my nostrils, as well. Perhaps these persistent traits are the result of many happy childhood afternoons spent playing in barns or haymows with friends.
In my defense, it really is smart to eat and drink as much dairy as possible during every city trip anyway, because back in the village, the only dairy products available are powdered milk, parmesan cheese and canned cream.
On hot, blistering days, I miss ice cream almost as much as I miss my mom. Just kidding, of course. But I have been known to daydream about going out for ice cream with my mom, at our favorite custard place at the bottom of the hill going up to Martinsburg. It is even possible that I evaluated the relative importance of planning my next trip home to include one of Stewart’s Shoppes ice cream sales. $3 for a half-gallon is a great deal, after all. Too bad I couldn’t fill my suitcase and stock up for hot jungle days.
You may never have heard of it, but I’m pretty sure that Acute Dairy Withdrawal Syndrome is a thing. ADWS? And the first symptom is consumption of dairy as if there’s no tomorrow. Since we leave for the village tomorrow, this seems like a good time to go make a healthy milkshake, one of my favorite city treats.
Basic Milkshake Recipe
- frozen milk cubes
- a bit of liquid milk (whole milk makes it creamier!)
- over-ripe bananas
- peanut butter
- a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if the bananas aren’t sweet enough
- cinnamon or vanilla extract (optional)
Combine in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Other personally tested and approved milkshake variations are coffee, chocolate, coconut, maple, carrot cake, vanilla chai. Or use your own creativity to come up with even more.
Got milkshake? Me too!