If you are looking at this post and wondering why there are popsicles popping up in your feed in the middle of winter, I totally understand. And if you are also thinking that it is far from mango season, that you have no idea what lemon myrtle is, or where to get it, and that your popsicle molds are buried in the cupboard with the summer picnic sets you can only dream of right now, I understand that as well.
But if you were here with me, you’d totally understand. Here in Australia, we transitioned to autumn a couple of weeks ago. And things were going really great: the mornings were cooler (even below 10 degrees), the days were still a little hot, but not dead of summer heat, and the evening and nights went back down to a sensible temperature. And I felt the cold weather coming.
I could feel us being on the cusp of walking away from summer and hot, humid runs, night times with temperatures not dropping out of the 20s, and days peaking well into the 30s. And I was so excited. So excited for chilly morning runs, being back in long sleeve shirts, needing sweaters and warm socks, and of course, getting back into running tights instead of short shorts.
And then these past few days, it all came crashing down. And we’ve been stuck in this mid 20s to mid 30s heat wave, where the temperature just isn’t breaking. The weather bureau says we are literally stuck here, where there is this weather system sitting over top of us that isn’t moving and is holding the temperature and the humidity and the heat, and all that comes with it, exactly where it is.
Go away, I say. Please go away. Please bring back my cold weather.
Please don’t make me keep having to run in these humid conditions and suffocating heat, and or keep making it so uncomfortable to put the oven on to cook. I actually had a smoothie bowl for dinner last night. And as much as I love to cook, it was oddly satisfying in its creamy goodness.
And then I had a popsicle. One of these delicious creamy, lemon infused popsicles in fact. I haven’t always been a popsicle fan. But between this weather and the abundance of delicious popsicle making fruits, I’m a little bit more converted. Add to that, this new found lemon myrtle thing, and I’m all over it. Lemon myrtle, high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, is actually an Australian native food, and it pops up all over the place here. They have heaps of incredibly interesting and delicious native bushfoods, which I have been loving having the chance to play with and try. The yogurt in the popsicles offers a boost of probiotics to promote gut health, and also lends the creamy texture, especially when combined with the mango, while the coconut water offers a much needed replenishment of electrolytes.
And while they don’t ease my cold weather desires, dreams of chilly runs, or the fact that I’d rather be eating warming foods, they definitely are delicious. And that is totally worth something.