Much has been said about Southern summers. In fact, I can think of nothing that better defines Southern culture than our Summers. From our prominent front porches that became a part of our culture out of the necessity to escape the heat indoors, to our languid pace of life that I firmly believe began because it was too hot to move or speak any faster, and even down to the fabrics we wear (seersucker and linen), this oppressive heat has defined who we are better than anything else.
The heat in the South is unlike anything else. It will punch the breath out of you as soon as you step in it. It is sticky, and oppressive- like a wet towel wrapped around you, that's been in the dryer long enough to get hot, but it's still damp and heavy. It is miserable. Because the heat is so awful, we tend to gravitate towards lots of cold things.
This strawberry basil "ice cream" is my favorite way to cool off. It's three ingredients and so refreshing.
You need a strong blender (like a Vitamix) but it's worth it!
To start, peel and slice one bunch of bananas. Place slices in a freezer bag and freeze overnight.
Pour frozen bananas in the blender with 2 cups worth of strawberries, and 6 large basil leaves. Blend, and scrape into a Pyrex dish. Freeze until firm. Serve and enjoy!
Happy eating, y'all! Stay Cool!