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Verses from my Kitchen: Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

July 5, 2011

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

It's early. The sun hasn't risen yet and I'm tripping over shadows left in the house. Silence is disturbed with every step I take. This is one of my favourite times of the day. Barely dark, so quiet I can still hear echoes of yesterday as life gently sleeps all around me. The brisk early morning rush of life.

The early morning in summer is one of the special moments of life I attack with abandon. Sleep is forsaken for the chance to see the soft yellow sun lift up over the horizon and break free. The colour of the sky is bruised blue-black and covers up all the imperfections that make her so beautiful. I could watch that beautiful beginning every day. And I'm constantly afraid of missing something. Anything.

I spread the hours out like a storybook on the ground in front of me, pointing out the potential milestones along the way. The moments I don't want to overlook or pass by and never get the chance to experience again. It's the fear that drives me. The chance to create memories in  our way. Just a chance. With my wife.

In the summer I start early and indulge often, or where I can. A tall cup of coffee with the sun rising on the dock listening to the water splash around me. A walk with my wife to greet the day and move. The small stuff, all of it. Any of it. Breakfast on the porch with the birds singing our song. It starts early and keeps on.

The day takes on the pace we set for it and moves through the stages with us. We spend it together and with friends or alone. I bring out food along the way to hold us over until dinner. We'll share a drink and food and a laugh. It's one of the perks of summer, spending it together outside. Spending it how we choose.

Weekends during the summer seem to have their own character and feel. Identifiably unmistakable. They're slower and longer, yet more hectic. The light of the day shines brighter and stretches longer. I remember back to a time when you couldn't keep me inside the house as I chased away the light with my friends and only came home when I heard that familiar call from my mom.

The same holds true today. In this day. We work harder and longer outside in order to appreciate those hours inside. Together. By the time we head inside to unwind and share a meal, we've earned it. We're ready to indulge. Again. I know I am.

I find it easier to indulge in summer since we work it off. We're always outside doing, like we did years before. Not watching. Doing. I bring out this Panna Cotta which perfectly suits the hot days we're enveloped in. It's meant to cool us down and awaken our senses. And it does. It's fresh and local and tastes like summer.

Living in Canada I appreciate the distinctly different seasons for the charm and beauty in them. But when I'm afforded a particularly warm and long summer, I appreciate it. Sometimes I'd rather it not end. More long hours spent with people that appreciate us with foods meant for summer. Ice cream, sorbet, fruits and salads all written for the pages of summer. Written for us.

One day the time will come that twenty years have escaped me and rushed on by and I won't get the opportunity to indulge and get lost in a moment like I do now. So I take it all in and get lost in that brisk early rush of life and indulge in the beauty that presents itself to me.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Vanilla & Yogurt Panna Cotta

The Goods:
  • 500 ml heavy cream
  • 50 grams of sugar
  • 3 sheets gelatine
  • 100 grams yogurt
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. superfine sugar
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  1. In a medium saucepan add the heavy cream and sugar and stir until dissolved and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine with ice cold water. When the cream has boiled, remove it from the heat and stir in the softened gelatine. Stir to dissolve.  
  2. Pour into a clean bowl and let rest until room temperature. Add in the yogurt and stir until combined. Pour into four glasses or ramekins and move to fridge to set, about an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, add the strawberries, sugar and juice to a blender and pulse until blended. Add to top of set cream and serve.



At July 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM , Anonymous Olga @ MangoTomato said...

what a beautifully written post! so romantic and peaceful and summery. and the photos are stunning.

At July 5, 2011 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Satrupa said...

The strawberries look so fresh and ripe ..... and the panna cotta absolutely refreshing. Awesome clicks !

At July 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM , Anonymous Angela@RecipesFromMyMom said...

This fresh, sweet dessert and the caress of words make me want to escape outside to do some star gazing, even if it is still 90 degrees in the dark. Your panna cotta would cool me right off. Very nice post and photos.

At July 5, 2011 at 11:39 PM , Anonymous pickyin @ LifeIsGreat said...

Love the styling on this one, panna cotta done right is always a winner for me.

At July 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir said...

These are beautiful! I love early morning as well. It's such a beautiful time of day, and allows me to just have a few quiet moments to cherish for myself.

At July 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous Lana said...

I got lost in your words - every sentence was like a a photo in a collage. I find the same tranquility in the late hours of the night, when the world seems peaceful, and the people I love smile in their sleep, content and secure.
We need to appreciate every small moment in every day, as only those beautiful small events make the basis of our lives and keep us afloat.
Beautifully written.
And panna cotta is a perfect backdrop for the story, simple, beautiful, and satisfying:) Great photos!

At July 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM , Blogger wenderly said...

I love to drink in the early mornings of summer myself. Can't wait to sip on one of these beauties after a long hot day in the sun.

At July 6, 2011 at 10:25 PM , Blogger A Thought For Food said...

More beautiful than this recipe are your words, my friend. Let's not let those days rush by like they can sometimes do. Embrace the small joys in life... like a sunrise.

At July 7, 2011 at 12:31 AM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

These are gorgeous! I just learned about gelatin sheets... I need to go and pick some up- they seem so cool.

At July 7, 2011 at 5:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wonderful presentation! I've made the same recipe in february, it was just delicious!!

At July 7, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Blogger Eliotseats said...

Beautiful pics and wonderful writing! This looks divine.

At July 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger wendy said...

Beautifully written and photographed - a pleasure! Thank you!

At July 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

This looks so delicious and perfect for summer! I just found your blog thru foodbuzz and I love it!

At July 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger The Cilantropist said...

Reading this post made me feel so nostalgic for long summer days as a child, and also happy that I do savor those days also as an adult. Your photos are also so lovely....basically I enjoyed every minute of reading your post. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

At July 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous Alan Cooke said...

Great Post. As a bakery owner for many years, I learned to appreciate the beauty and productivity that the early morning hours afford. Love the pics!

At July 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM , Anonymous Liren said...

A lovely post - I find myself relishing these summer days as much as possible - being able to enjoy the outdoors until the evening and eating al fresco is one of our favorite things about the season. Your panna cotta is so pretty - I recently made a coconut panna cotta with papaya when I was looking for something creamy and cool to beat the heat. Now I want some with strawberries!

At July 7, 2011 at 4:32 PM , Anonymous Kate@Diethood said...

You make summer mornings sound better than, well, sex! LOL! :)

The panna cotta sounds amazing... I love the flavors! Congrats on top 9 today!

At July 8, 2011 at 12:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure which is more poetic--the beautifully crafted post or that exuded by the simplicity of the dessert.

Well done on both counts.

At July 8, 2011 at 9:13 PM , Blogger Nippon Nin said...

What a poetic post! Photographs are divine! I already print out this recipe and ready to pick fresh strawberries from our back yard. Congratulations on top 9!

At July 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Taste Junction said...

Your writing makes the moment so alive, so engaging..would love to know a bit more about how you developed your writing style!!

At July 11, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Blogger kelly said...

These look so delicious and refreshing! I've been fiending for fruit lately and these will most certainly be something I make to get my fix :)

At July 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Ralu said...

awesome recipe :D. I just made it with berries and i post it on my blog. Thank you for this sweet recipe :*.

At July 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Kimmy Bingham said...

As always, beautiful words that weave their way through moment after moment.


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