When we lived in Eritrea, Colin and I had a dog. At some point, and I can't remember how or why, we ended up with ridiculous American-style toys for our feral African pup. What I'm trying to say is, we became the proud owners of a squeaky plastic milkshake. You'd give the thing a hard squeeze, and the resulting high-pitched squeal would cause our dog to tilt her head skyward and cock it reflexively to one side. She'd then run around like a maniac. If you have a dog, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Thinking about Milkshake -- for we did, ultimately, anthropomorphize the toy and christen it with a proper name -- made me realize how much joy little things like this can bring to our everyday lives. I mean, our dog loved that stupid milkshake. Loved it. And we loved squeezing it. We'd come home from a day teaching 350 students, look at each other, and belt, in unison, "Let's get Milkshake!"
All would be right with the world.
One night, we were about to go to sleep, our mosquito net wrapped securely around the bed. We always brought our dog in after dark so we assumed she was in the next room. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, in the still, silent, African night, we hear:
Squeaky, squeaky, squeaky...
Everyone deserves a Milkshake.
Recipe for Banana Milkshake
This quick recipe was inspired by the fantastic milkshakes served at Falafel Drive-In, a Middle Eastern joint that's been serving delicious, fresh, no-frills falafel and shakes in San Jose since 1966. After one sip of their banana shake, I wondered why I'd never made one myself.
Makes 18 ounces (3 small servings or 2 medium servings)
4 generous scoops vanilla ice cream
1 very ripe banana (the riper, browner, and more deeply speckled, the better), sliced
3/4 cup skim milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whiz until thick and smooth.
N.B. For an even thicker shake, freeze the banana slices before blending.