Wow, where does the time go? Memorial weekend is upon us which signals the beginning of summer grilling, festive salads and frozen treats. This weekend I’m smoking a whole chicken, roasting vegetables and topping it off with frozen sorbet for dessert. This sorbet is easily made with lemon juice, pomegranate juice and simple syrup, that’s it. It’s tart and refreshing but has a multitude of benefits. Lemon helps with immunity, aids in digestion and provides Vitamin C which reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease. And Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and nutrients that may help with inflammation and urinary health. Once you mix the juices with the simple syrup, pour it into an ice cream maker to freeze or pour into popsicle molds which are also fun to eat, just ask my husband!
Have you guys been experiencing this heat wave? It’s been in the mid 90’s to over 100 degrees for what seems like a couple weeks now. It may be dry heat here in the Southwest but unless there is a breeze blowing by it’s just hot air. So instead of turning on the oven we’ve been grilling and making salads or simple sandwiches to beat the heat. We needed something cold for a boost of energy so I made popsicles. They are a welcome treat from the afternoon heat. I’d forgotten how easy they are to make with simple syrup, lime juice, lime zest and a little bit of alcohol that gives them that soft slushy texture. Refreshing is the best word to describe them and they taste even better than those frozen fruit bars you buy at the store. I used to make these for the kids but I think Joe and I enjoy them just as much! Continue reading →
When making the prickly pear syrup, I must confess it took two tries. I looked up recipes on pinterest and it appeared to be a simple process of mixing the prickly pear juice with water, sugar and lime juice and cooking it down to a syrup. I tried this method and although I stirred it often, it had a burned taste as if it were scorched. I tried it in my lemonade and believe me it was awful!! So I decided that the juice was the star of the show and all it needed was to be thickened into a syrup. I tried making a simple syrup first along with the lime juice and adding the prickly pear juice at the end of the process and it tasted fruity and delicious. One cup of prickly pear juice made 2 1/2 cups of syrup. I put aside the two cups into 1/2 pint jars and saved the rest. It adds a refreshing fruity taste to any tea or lemonade. Continue reading →
Joe and I have visited several farmers markets around Albuquerque lately. Our first market was the Rail Yards Market that happens every Sunday. It’s located in the heart of the city in an old rail yard that is near 100 years old. The market attracts many who come every Sunday to walk among the vendors who sell fresh produce, honey, local arts and crafts along with jerky, breakfast burritos and a lemonade booth with every flavor of lemonade under the sun. We went on a hot morning with clear skies and the sun shining brightly. It didn’t take long to become parched. We saw all the lemonades across the way and wandered over. We couldn’t decide what lemonade to try when they offered up samples of any combination we wanted to try. OH MY MY! Every flavor of lemonade was so delicious, we just couldn’t make up our minds. We finally went with a blueberry lemonade that had the most refreshing taste. I decided right then and there that as soon as I had a kitchen again I was going to make lemonade or limeade. Well, now that I have a kitchen again its time to test some new recipes. The limes were on sale so guess who won! Our fruit of choice was ripe and juicy strawberries. These days I’m always on the hunt for lemons or limes on sale. Summer is the perfect time to always have a refreshing pitcher of lemonade or limeade. Continue reading →
I am not shy about how much I love sorbets. Sorbets are so refreshing and take little time out of your day to make. I’ve been a little obsessive lately trying different fruity combinations and this is definitely one of the best!! I am partial to citrus flavors and the fusion of grapefruit, lime and margarita is hard to beat. Joe and I kept stopping by the freezer for “just a taste” and it was gone in no time. So I made a smaller batch and poured into popsicle molds to see how they would freeze. It was like a frozen margarita on a stick, a fun adult treat that we will be enjoying a lot this summer!
A few warm days is all I need to get in the mood for Springtime. Any day with sunshine and above 50 degrees is a day to be outdoors and watch the Robins that have just returned home. It’s a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner when the trees begin to bud and my outdoor herbs start to break through the ground. I think of lemons in Springtime with the colors of sunshine. Some fresh squeezed lemonade would be refreshing but what I really wanted was some sorbet. Along with a bag of lemons, I found some bright red strawberries to add to the mix for a Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet. A frozen treat that was not too tart and not too sweet. Continue reading →
You would think it was tropical season from the ads that came out this week in our local grocery store. A sale on exotic fruit from Dragon Fruit to Rambutin, to Star Fruit to Mango and Papayas. I am not one to let a good sale go by so I picked up a little of everything. But what I had in mind was a Mango Sorbet that I’ve been dreaming about ever since I got my ice cream maker. It’s so handy and makes quick work especially with sorbets. It basically requires a simple syrup mix of water and sugar plus added fruit. How easy is that!