RECIPE: CHILLED STRAWBERRY SOUP
Ingredients For 6 Servings
2 pounds strawberries, stems removed and hulled
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1-1/2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
Optional: yellow food color
Optional garnishes: 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream, fresh basil leaves
1. DICE the strawberries, sprinkle the sugar over the top and let sit for 15 minutes. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Let chill completely. If you want the color to be more orange, like tomato soup, add a few drops of yellow food color.
2. DIVIDE among 6 bowls. Drizzle a little heavy cream over the top and garnish with basil leaves.
APRIL FOOL’S DAY HISTORY
The origin of April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is obscure. The most accepted explanation traces it to 16th century France.
Until 1564, the Julian calendar, which observed the beginning of the New Year in April, was in use. According to The Oxford Companion to the Year, King Charles IX then declared that France would begin using the Gregorian calendar, which shifted New Year’s Day to January 1st.
Some people continued to use the Julian Calendar, and were mocked as fools. They were invited to bogus parties, sent on a fool’s errand (looking for things that don’t exist) and other pranks.
The French call April 1st Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish. French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.
What a fish has to do with April Fool’s Day is not clear. But in the name of a kinder, gentler world, we propose eliminating this holiday. (Source: Wikipedia)