Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cherimoya Smoothie

When I go into couch mode for some supine sofa action, Rambo (our pink-nosed truffle-pig feline) becomes my hat, laying on my head as though it his job to make sure none of my body heat escapes through the top of my body. He isn't an intensely cuddly cat, so this burst of sweetness is fully embraced and never taken for granted.

One Saturday morning, a day rife for couching - all drizzly, grey, and cloudy- I went into couch mode and put Max into it right along with me.  With both of us pajama-clad, I popped in Monsters, Inc. for entertainment and got out the super-old, super-soft comforter for us to cuddle under.

I feel compelled to point out that it was a comforter - not one of these "throws".  I never quite know how to cuddle properly under a throw blanket.  One needs ample blanket to cover all of oneself, and possibly another person, and there should be some blanket to spare.  I don't mind sharing with the tot - but sharing with Seth is out of the question.  I actually retrieve another blanket for him to use during those rare times he does want a blanket, as sharing with him throws my blanket coverage way off balance, leaving me unable to move limbs, fingers and toes in fear of finding these parts out of the blanket zone.  So no sharing.

Rambo found his couch spot on my head. And the puff cat found herself a spot to nestle into.  I went into the kitchen to make some hot chocolate to round out this morning of movie and and couch.

Just as I was about to get the hot chocolate going, my dad called.  And by the end of the conversation, I had somehow been talked into leaving the cocoon of snuggly amazingness and found myself going out into the grey soup known as the outside and down the few blocks to the farmers market.  I'm still not sure how this all happened.  So, Max and I, still relatively pajama-clad (as I wanted an easy transition back to the couch), were on our way to get some fresh produce - namely, the elusive cherimoya, which I'm not able to find often.  This smoothie was the result of that unexpected excursion outside.  Max and I took these smoothies, instead of hot chocolate, back to the couch to pick up where we left off.  The felines followed suit.

2 cherimoya
2 kiwifruit
a sprinkling of mandarin zest
2/3 cup vanilla coconut milk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
handful of strawberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sugar, depending on the sweetness of your fruit

The cherimoya need to have their tough skins removed, as well as their seeds.  The de-seeding will take some time, as they have lots of seeds dispersed throughout the fruit.  So this will take a bit of patience.  Just get them out, and it will all be worth it.  Once that is done, place everything in a bowl and blend together with an immersion blender. Or place in a blender and blend - whatever is easiest for you!


  1. With this yummy smoothies and lots of fruity antioxidants, I hope that you are feeling better and moving away from the couch soon...

  2. Never heard of Cherimoya and will be looking for it now :) The coconut milk and Greek Yoghurt with strawberries and kiwi sounds incredible!!

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  4. I've never had cherimoya or even know what it looks like. You've made me quite curious now.

  5. Sounds like a fantastic Saturday morning. A couch and this smoothie is a perfect pairing!

  6. what! i have never met a cherimoya. how/where do i get one!

  7. I actually don't think i've ever had a cherimoya! But getting the chance to try it would certainly be worth crawling off the couch!

  8. I don't think I've ever seen a cherimoya, but this smoothie sounds fabulous.

  9. I am another who hasn't sampled nor seen a cherimoya. But I'd love to sample its flavor in your smoothie...perfect for snuggle blanket time with Max and your furry friends :)

  10. What a gorgeous smoothie my friend, I really want to try cherimoya


  11. Oh i love this fruit. The problem is its time consuming to remove the skin...but the end result is worth it. Yummy:)

  12. Never heard of cherimoya. I'll have to look around for some!

  13. What an interesting shake...can always trust y'all to introduce me to new things =)

  14. I have never heard of cherimoya either. And I just loved how you took us through the arrival of this recipe :-) Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I just ate a delicious dinner and I'm already hungry again :-) I hope you are having a great start to your week!

  15. I have to google that, because I have never heard of it! The smoothie though looks very refreshing!

  16. I never heard of cherimoya so I used a translator to check what it is... yet I still don't know what it is! I need to google next. =P I'm curious how it tastes like. It looks delicious and refreshing!

  17. I've never heard of a cherimoya! How intriguing, wonder if I can get them over here.


  18. Hi Jenn,
    the Cherimoya smoothie looks amazing!
    You can find quite a lot of Cherimoya here in Peru, it's called Chirimoya.
    Never tried it out in combination with kiwi.Looks so refreshing and healthy too, can't wait to try it.

  19. My family actually has two very productive cherimoya trees. I find that it's easy to let them become very ripe, then just spoon the custardy flesh out of the skin, no peeling needed. To save time deseeding, you can press the flesh through a colander with big holes or a wide sieve.

  20. I've never tried cherimoya so I'll have to keep an eye out. Any ideas for possible subs?

    1. i don't really have any ideas - the cherimoya is just such a unique fruit! sorta vanilla-y and pineappley and strawberry-y and banana-y all at the same time!

  21. Hi! May I know what exactly is a cherimoya? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? By the way, how does it taste? I'm scared that if I buy plenty, I might regret it afterwards. Do you have other recipes for this? I'm really intrigued by it! But, it sure looks yummy! I will have to keep an eye out for this at the market! Thank you for introducing us to cherimoya! :)

    Joseph Carr


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