School is out and vacation is in! Summer is the time to have fun and let loose after a year of studies and hard work. It is the time to enjoy a nice cold ice cream as you stand in the heat of the sun or as you tan, laying on a hammock beside the beach.
For those of you who are foodies like us, you might want to try some new summer recipes to go with all the activities you do in the heat. We’ve got you covered with some ideas on how to make the best use of those delicious local Lebanese summer fruits during that time of the year.
Lebanon is special for its 4 seasons, and as with every season, summer has its own fruits that are found fresh during that time. Some of the widely known summer Lebanese fruits are cherries, grapes, mulberries, watermelons, bananas, apricots, plums, strawberries, and figs. If you happen to have a taste for smoothies, these fruits are your best option. Instead of eating them, you can make a nice smoothie out of them! One smoothie could be made from strawberries, bananas, milk, and maybe even a bit of honey. You can even try different combinations of fruits and create a smoothie of your own.
For those of you who are not the biggest fans of smoothies, you can still enjoy those summer fruits whilst getting creative with them. Summer is the best time to make your own popsicles at home. All you have to do is pour your favorite fruit juice onto popsicle sticks and freeze them until they are done. You can even add a couple of pieces of chopped-up fruits into your popsicle to add a bit of chewiness to it.
If you happen to have the liking and especially the patience for it, you can even make some homemade ice cream. Place some cream, milk, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. After the sugar dissolves, remove the mixture and let it cool down for a bit. Then add the purée of your fruit of choice to it and mix all the ingredients. After that, just freeze the mixture and then get ready to indulge in some homemade ice cream.
As for a quick fix, you can make some chocolate covered figs. Just melt some chocolate in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then dip the figs into the melted chocolate as you hold them by the stem. Lay the chocolate covered figs on a tray and refrigerate them for a while. If you want to add a bit of a crunch to your figs, you can crush some almonds into small pieces and sprinkle them on top of the chocolate-covered figs before you refrigerate them.
You can even make a nice parfait with the fruits you have by making them puréed and adding some whipped cream or custard to them. You can add a bit of nuts alongside a scoop of homemade ice cream on the top. Other ideas can also include fruit salads, jams, and dried fruits. The options are endless; all you have to do is start!