Happy New Year and welcome to my new blog! Joel gave me a new domain for my blog, as a little extra Christmas present, so today he used his last day of holidays to set it up. Very convenient to have a computer genius in the family. A bit more fine tuning is needed but it is up and running.
I have enjoyed a bit of a holiday over the last week which has been delicious. Staying in my pyjamas as long as possible each morning. Sitting down on the back deck having my morning cup of tea whilst flicking through a book or magazine. Swimming with the kids, playing boardgames and reading them stories. Catching up with friends and family and enjoying plently of BBQ’s. I have been staying up too late though and I need my rest so I can be prepared for the next couple of weeks of some serious tennis watching. Watching tennis is my favourite Summer pastime and it is quite a commitment as some of these games go well into the night.
But with so much rain about it doesn’t always feel like Summer. Today did though. Hot and humid and then out of no where the sky goes very dark and the cracks of thunder start to build until the storm hits. But I’m making the most of the Summery days with lots of salads, BBQ’s, fresh fruits and ice-creams.
This orange sorbet recipe is one I found awhile back in Nigel Slater’s ‘The Kitchen Diaries’. The name was so enticing and it was simple to make and stunning to eat. The perfect end to a meal on a hot, balmy night. I did find it a little too sweet for my liking. I will write the exact recipe that I used but perhaps next time I will drop the sugar down to about 200g.
a stunning orange sorbet
(from Nigel Slater’s ‘The Kitchen Diaries’)
250g caster sugar
250ml mineral water
grated zest of 2 oranges
750ml orange juice (6-8 oranges)
juice of a lemon
In a small saucepan, stir the sugar and water over a medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add the orange zest and leave to cool. The zest can be strained at this point but I left it in. Pour in the orange and lemon juice. Cover and place in the fridge to chill before churning in an ice-cream machine. When almost frozen transfer to a container and put in the freezer to firm up.