Without descending into the depths of the maudlin Irish (which I am firmly capable of), let me just say that I will miss summer.
As a Montrealer, the beautiful beaches of Maine were our closest foot into the Atlantic ocean. I have many extraordinary memories of this part of the world, including travelling caravan style with a gaggle of university girlfriends – sun drenched days, lobster butter covered chins, midnight dips and the Kennebunk Police knocking at our door warning us to ‘keep it down’ (I was not involved. Promise). Then there was the summer that I stalked George H. W. Bush and his granddaughters at a video store, but I digress…
My husband and I have kept up the East Coast tradition with our family, typically heading down the week before the boys start school as our final summer hurrah. Sigh.
Something else we just love though, are the gorgeous rose hips that grow wild all along the coast. My sons were so taken by them, and their tart-sweet taste, that they asked me to create a post about them; so here we are.
- 1 cup rose hips, seeded (if you wish) and cut in half
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp vanilla sugar (substitute brown sugar)
- 2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise (substitute 2 tsp pure vanilla extract)
- 2 star anise
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp agave nectar
Makes 2 large parfaits
Rose hips are an excellent source of Vitamin C
Rinse rose hips thoroughly and discard ends. Cut rose hips in half (remove seeds if desired), and place in a pot on stove. Add water, sugar, vanilla bean and star anise. Bring to a boil and then reduce to lowest setting. Simmer for about 12-15 minutes. Discard anise and most of vanilla bean, reserving a wedge for garnish. Using a potato masher, mash soft rose hips, mixing the pulp with the rest of the syrup.
In dessert glasses, alternate yogurt and rose hip syrup, adding a touch of agave nectar.
Note: I enjoy foods warts and all, but if you prefer, you can discard the tough seeds in the rose hips prior to cooking.
Another Note: Followers living in Ottawa can see rose hips growing along the various Canal pathways.