Monday, May 17, 2010

Snacks- Enjoying Strawberry Season

I have very few memories of my early childhood growing up in Ukraine (the former Soviet Union, yo), but many of them involved going to the market with my mom and smelling, tasting, and experiencing truly fresh produce.  These were the years before we moved to the U.S. and A, before we knew anything except for fresh, pesticide-free Motherland produce. 
True story- this was our first apartment in California and my head WAS bigger than the rest of my body :)
When we moved to the States, we experienced the 'bigger is better' mentality, and although there was more, it was never as good as the natural fruits and veggies we picked up on the trips to the market where little old ladies let me sample their freshly pickled veggies (amazing, actually) or the fruits I ate at my grandparents' countryside home.  In each of these memories, there were always strawberries.  To this day, I still love them and I'm excited each time they come in season.
My grandma used to serve them covered in sour cream and sugar.  Evidently I had a much higher metabolism when I was 3.  These days, beggars can't be choosers.
One of my favorite snacks is fresh strawberries served with Greek yogurt:
There is nothing revolutionary and I'm certainly missing the sour cream and sugar, but it hits the spot and the sweet and tart flavors are perfect together.  Add some almond for a nice crunch, and it's a hearty snack.

Another recent fave is whole grain crackers topped with Laughing Cow and almond butter and more fresh strawberries:
Crazy mix, maybe, but it gets the job done!  The nut butter and cheese made a cheesecake-like taste and I'll take it.
I love the smell of fresh strawberries and it's amazing how some smells can bring me back to childhood memories.  Those memories always include sour cream and salted fish (and perhaps an early appreciation for beluga caviar) but I don't think I can get away with bringing those snacks to work.
What smells remind you of your childhood?

20 comments:

Tania Ballesteros Lerner said...

Loved this post!
The smells that remind me of my childhood are mangoes , my uncle had a mango ranch and every time they were in season we got huge boxes of that yellow goodness!
Good times :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Ahhh that pic is so adorable. Comfort food scents remind me of my childhood, but I'd have to go more with perfumes my mom used to wear and other scents like that.

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Lol...love that pic of you!! What a cutie!

Strawberries + crackers + laughing cow cheese = brilliant! Thanks for the idea!

Anne Marie said...

Aww I love that picture of you! How cute! My grandmom or mom's homemade spaghetti gravy reminds me of my childhood.

RamblingBabushka said...

DILL. Fresh dill. My mama used to make all of her own pickled vegetables and she loved adding dill. :)

Shannon said...

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I have so many smells that trigger childhood memories. There is a certain flower smell that reminds me of summer in Woods Hole (Cape Cod). Always makes me smile.

Missy said...

Aw that pic of you is so cute! I love your crackers, nut butter and strawberry snack. I will be making that!

Mo Diva said...

look at that mansanita! so cute!

and what a cracker combo! MUST TRY! mmm!

the smell of meatballs and baked ziti remind me of sitting in grannies kitchen testing her meatballs. we both knew they were ready for hte sauce but we both liked to "taste" them... for quality assurance... i recently found a new spot that reminds me of grannies!

Gabriela said...

Mmmm strawberries :) The smell of my house after being away from it always reminds me of childhood...I love this place, and it holds so many memories!! Chlorine is another childhood smell, from spending way too many days in my pool as a kid!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I seriously love strawberries. I live near farm country in California so they always remind me of summertime. I can't get enough.

You were a cute kid!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

I love strawberries in Greek yogurt, but I've never thought to eat them on crackers with LC. Such a wonderful idea. Good think I'm on the way to the grocery store!

fittingbackin said...

how cute are you? Love that pic!!

Smells for me are definitely boiled peanuts, gravy and little debbie nutty bars!!

kalin (eating machine) said...

i love your comments about the ukraine- i used to babysit for a ukranian woman, and the only soda she'd drink was coke, and only because when the wall came down it was one of the first western products to come into the ukraine, so it always reminds her of that.

the smell of tomato plants (the plants themselves have a distinctive scent) makes me think of childhood. we grew a ton of 'em as a kid, and i was always roaming through our tomato patch stuffing my face with them.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I teach a girl in my grade 7/8 class who is from Ukraine, and she always gives the class candies from there - I love them!!

I agree with Kalin about the tomato plants - they totally remind me of my childhood. So does campfire smell, and chocolate chip cookies!

Simply Life said...

I remember the smell of waffles and sausage cooking on sunday mornings :)

Katie said...

Aw you were so adorable! I was just talking to my friend this morning about how one scent in particular reminds me of my younger days- dermablend. I was walking into a store the other day and someone must have been wearing it- it has a very distinctive scent and took me right back to middle school. I have a port wine stain birthmark on my leg that I used to be very self-conscious about, and dermablend (kind of make-uppy) covered it up. I know it isn't a food scent but it still takes me back!

Mari said...

ohhhhhh you are the one who created the cheese, cracker, and strawberry combo! that ish looks great! I think I might have to pick up some crackers and try it =)

Mari said...

btw you were were (are) such a cutie!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

I know this is strange but I think English homes have a certain smell (we used to live in the UK). Can't put my finger on it exactly but when I moved into my apartment last year I thought "this smells like England!" Oddly enough the first time my little sis came to visit she said the exact same thing!

Lara (Thinspired) said...

Yum! I am definitely enjoying strawberry season too! I think I bought three tubs last week! I haven't tried just straight greek yogurt with strawberries. I'll add that to my list :)