Saturday, May 21, 2011

Karma and Orange & Honey Sorbet



It gets hot quickly here.
Which is great if you like ice cream.
Or ice pops.
Or sorbet.
Or anything cold, really.




Also, my neighborhood smells like heaven now with all the flowers and trees in full bloom.
Step outside, inhale and follow your nose.
Magnolias, honeysuckle, and some other white flowering tree that smells so amazing I almost bought the $4.99 app to figure out what it was.
But I didn't because I'm cheap frugal.
If only there was a scratch and sniff button on your screen...(now that would be an app worth buying)





Heat + aromatic bliss = ??
All I could think of was this wonderfully fragrant sorbet.
Reminiscent of a tea my mom used to drink made with ginger and orange,  I find it simultaneously nostalgic and exotic.
I can still picture her drinking it from these delicate blue and white porcelin teacups she loved so much, and smiling at me.
Until my clumsily little hands let one slip, and it dropped. And I watched as it smashed on the floor.
In slow motion.




Karma will follow you. And years later I found myself in my own kitchen, happily enjoying a cup of coffee when my 6yr old, A, eagerly wanting to help, dropped my favorite bowl.
A wedding gift from a dear friend.
He was so upset that I couldn't possibly reprimand.
Afterall, it was an accident.
So instead, I told him how happy I was that he broke it because I hated that bowl.
Naturally, his little brain did the obvious calculations and he proceeded to break 2 more before I could stop him.
That's karma for you.





Normally I'm rather lazy, but this time I decided to squeeze my own orange juice, which can be a labor of love if you're making this for a party.
But if you just want enough for 4 (or 1 depending on the size of your spoon) go the extra mile.
However,  I'm sure it would taste great with regular orange juice.
Out of the carton.
The way Mother Nature intended.




I chose to serve it up in the scooped out orange rind.
And not a porcelain teacup.
Take that, Karma.




Orange and Honey Sorbet
*adapted from Bon Appetit

3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
1 tablespoon peeled & chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon anise seeds
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 fresh bay leaf
2 cups orange juice
juice of 1 lemon

In a large saucepan (and let's face it, ALL my sauce pans are large) combine the water, sugar, honey, spices and bay leaf. Reduce to 2 cups. Strain liquid through a sieve. Discard bay leaf.

{I had to use cheese cloth in my spaghetti strainer because the boys were using my fine mesh strainer in a science experiment.
I'm fairly certain I saw some slugs and earthworms go in there along with a generous helping of my paprika...
I think I'll consider it a donation to science, and let them keep it.}

Add strained syrup to orange & lemon juice and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
Label it: SPINACH.

Pour into an ice cream maker and in about 45 minutes you'll know what I'm talking about.
Freeze leftovers.
If you have any.
 
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