School is almost out, and summer is fast approaching. Feel good about giving your kids a healthy treat when they ask for a snack. Trisha Hughes, from Eat Your Beets is sharing a refreshing recipe for Cherry Ice Pops. Not only are these images gorgeous, but now I need to go out and buy cherries! These Cherry Ice Pops would be a big hit in my house. I love to follow Trisha over on Instagram, her use of light and color are divine. She is known for creating recipes with items she already has on hand – no special trips to the store for this busy mom.
Just a little something about Trisha:
I’m a midwestern girl but my husband & I have lived & traveled all over, spending time in both Europe & Asia. We have 4 kiddos & my main job is mom to them. I’ve just transitioned to being a work at home mom over the past couple of years with my website, Eat Your Beets. I’m a pretty terrible housekeeper but I hope my cooking makes up for it. I have lots of hobbies that I don’t incorporate into my website like working out & a fine appreciation for shoes but most people likely know I love food photography & spend a good bit of time over on Instagram.
Are you a trained chef?
Ha! No. In fact, I went to school for theatre. I didn’t even really start cooking until I met my husband & thought if I wanted to hang on to him I’d better learn how to feed him. My recipes are simple & accessible. They won’t win any awards. But they will ensure you feed your family whole foods fast & efficiently. Remember, I’m cooking for 6 people. I rarely have time for fancy.
I love your use of light, how would you describe your style?
Thank you! Light is something I feel like I’m always striving to understand better. I love to shoot in lots of different light but I’d say my current favorite would be the light used in this series of images. Finding words to describe my style is challenging for me but I will say I enjoy pushing the boundaries between light & darkness. There’s something exciting & mysterious about dark images that draw me in. I love contrast. I love shadows. I used to try & run away from shadows but I’ve found they hold a space I actually feel much more comfortable in so while someone might see my darker images & feel unsettled, to me they are very soothing.
Your absolute favorite thing to make?
Hmmm. It’s funny because when you have kids, making food sometimes loses the fun. Most days it’s more about getting the food on the table before everyone is rushing off to sports, meetings, etc. While I don’t have one thing in particular that is a favorite I will say the very act of chopping, sautéing & simmering is calming to me. I enjoy the process of turning raw ingredients into food. I actually really like making Eggs Benedict because it’s my husband’s very favorite dish. The process of making Eggs Benedict is pretty tedious & I’d say my track record is about 50% of the time that the Hollandaise actually turns out but when it does – man, I feel like I’ve won a medal!
Thank you Trisha for sharing your images and recipe! It’s certainly been a treat (pun intended, lol).
Recipe for Black Cherry Ice Pops
- 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- Fresh lime juice (to taste)
- In a blender combine cherries, coconut milk & honey.
- Blend until well combined.
- Add a squeeze of lime juice. Blend & taste again. Add lime juice to taste.
- Using a mold of 10 ice pops, pour mixture into each mold till it almost reached the top.
- Depending on your lid for your mold, you can either place it on top then or, if using wooden sticks, let your molds freeze for 1.5 hrs.
- Then insert a stick into each mold. The pops will be frozen enough to hold the sticks without the use of a lid.
Makes 10 ice pops.