Improvise, adapt and overcome. Clint Eastwood made the tactical concept well-known in the 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge. It's also the unofficial mantra of the Marine Corps, and it's an ideology central to law enforcement.
Essentially, it means finding what works. It embodies a success-based attitude, no matter what the odds.
IAO is a concept to live by. And in the case of this blog, it's a concept to cook by.
From situations where I've been missing key ingredients to occasions when I've botched entire dishes, I've had to improvise, adapt and overcome in the kitchen more times than I can count.
IAO has been especially helpful in my attempts at making frozen yogurts, sorbets and soft serves. I don't have an ice cream maker, which is a key piece of equipment needed for creating these frozen desserts -- or so I originally thought. As I've learned through IAO, the food processor serves as an effective backup. In fact, it's so qualified that I've managed to put off buying an ice cream maker for three years.
If you have a food processor, try out this recipe. You'll likely be pleasantly surprised by just how texturally sound and deliciously flavorful this frozen yogurt is. To boot, it's made with healthy, whole ingredients.
Cherry-Berry Frozen Yogurt
1 cup frozen sweet dark cherries
1 cup sliced frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana, sliced
1/3 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
2 tablespoons wild desert honey
3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (more if you like your frozen yogurt runnier)
Place all ingredients in the food processor, and process until smooth. Serve.
Store any leftovers in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to one day. Before serving, let thaw on the counter for 15-20 minutes.
Related posts on The Concentric Circle:
- Making yogurt at home
- Super Saver: Freeze your own fruit
- Dairy-free banana-cinnamon soft serve
- Peanut butter smoothie