Author Archives: Meg
If any of you out there have ever had taro bubble tea, you know how magically yummy taro can be. Ever since having taro bubble tea I’ve wanted to make a taro smoothie, but had trouble finding taro I could use. Near the end of last year’s Smoothie Sunday one of our local Asian markets started supplying taro, and ever since I’ve wanted to try it in a smoothie! I decided to add blueberry not just for color but because we ended up with a surplus of blueberries from vacationing family’s farm share. The blueberry and taro went together really well. And now I really want to experiment with more taro dishes.
This week’s Smoothie Sunday is a first because it’s main ingredient is actually kind of a weed. Wineberries are an Asian species of raspberry that after being introduced to North America for ornamentation escaped from cultivation and now just grows in the wild. They can be a bit annoying if they take over your garden, but overall we’re fans of wineberries here at PCFG. They’re smaller and sweeter than raspberries and also free. Obviously when eating fruit found out in the wild you want to be careful that you’re not eating something poisonous, but they have no poisonous look-alikes in North America, so if you find something that looks like a little raspberry growing it’s probably a wineberry and safe to eat.
This smoothie almost didn’t get made this year due to a drought affecting the wineberry output in my neighborhood, and then also a power outage the morning I was planning on making it. But luckily things came together and I was able to make it. It’s really yummy, so if you have wineberries growing by you, I highly recommend working them into your smoothie repertoire.
Other years I’ve put a lot of thought into my smoothie combinations. This year since I don’t have as big of a fruit supply at my ready it’s been a bit more slapdash. But I’ve still been able to put together some good smoothies! This week we have a lot of watermelon to work through and some cherries I want to eat before they go bad and thus the cherry watermelon smoothie was born. Watermelon smoothies are always a lot thinner than the other smoothies I usually make due to their high water content so keep that in mind when putting it together.
As we mentioned earlier on the blog, both myself and Meg A. moved into a new apartment together recently! As such we figured it was a great opportunity to share our experience and turn it into some classic, thrifty knowledge on how to go about life while living on the cheap. Consider this first post an introductory to our newest column: The Apartment Starter Kit! We’ll take you through the initial decision-making process and some big things you need to consider before you start looking on Zillow!