This is going to be another post about free food. It’s in abundance if you know where to look. There’s even a website to help you find it. Brace yourselves, because this is really cool. It’s called fallingfruit.org. This site shows you where to find fresh fruit and nuts just waiting to be harvested. Just type in your zip code to find what’s available in your neighborhood or city.
My last post was about the kindness of strangers and the wonderful abundance of fresh foods that were so generously shared with us. We’ve been enjoying the bounty for a week now and today I made smoothies, 1 savory and 1 sweet from mostly free, delicious produce.
The weather this last week dropped below freezing at night, so gardeners were frantically harvesting, preserving and in many cases giving away food. Many of my co-workers brought in their excess and put it out for grabs. I received the biggest cucumber that I’d ever seen and several rich red and savory Roma tomatoes.
Today, I got out the blender and whipped up nearly 2 quarts of a spicy, cucumber and tomato smoothie and 1 quart of a pineapple, banana and coconut smoothie. Note: The pineapple, banana and coconut are obviously not grown in the inland NW US, but were things I had lying about that were ripe and ready to be blended into a delectable combo that I can’t resist.
Spicy Tomato and Cucumber Smoothie
(makes approximately 2 quarts)
4 cups ripe Roma tomatoes
4 cups cucumber
2 fresh chili peppers (I used Serrano peppers)
2 lemons juiced
salt and pepper to taste
Put it all in the blender with enough water to get it started (about a 1/2 cup), and blend away.
Pineapple, Banana and Coconut Smoothie
(makes approximately 1 quart)
3 cups pineapple
1 very ripe large banana
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
Blend together and enjoy.