I have to admit I’m not much of a fan of summer. But I am learning to find things about the season that I like, so despite it being as hot as Hades here in the middle of New South Wales, I’ve decided to embrace the heat and come up with some yummy iceblock combinations.
One thing that I do love about summer is the stone fruit season. Peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, mangoes and apricots in all of their glorious varieties. Taking my cue from the glut of fruit we have at the moment, I’ve put together these quick and easy “recipes” for you and your kids to enjoy. I use the term “recipe” very loosely here as they’re more of a guide and I promise you won’t be in the kitchen for hours making these yummy treats, because nobody likes that in Summer.
I’ve got three flavour combos here, feel free to mix and match or just chose one. Each recipe will make four ice blocks, so just adjust as necessary. As you will see from my ice blocks below, homemade ones don’t always come out perfectly, but that is the beauty of homemade, each one is different. When each mix is done, place in moulds and freeze overnight.
Coconut and cardamom
- Take one chilled 270ml can of coconut cream, mix with a bit of honey and 1tsp of ground cardamom.
- Taste the mix, if it’s not sweet enough for your liking add a little more honey.
Plum, vanilla and cinnamon
- Take 5-6 plums that are soft to the touch and peel.
- Chop up your plums and pop in your food processor, and blend. You could also use a juicer as the plums come out very pulpy but you will need more plums for this.
- Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon(I like a strong cinnamon taste) and pulse. Taste your mix. If you’re like me and enjoy the tartness of plums it should be fine, if not you may like to add a little honey to taste.
Mango, basil and raspberry
- Cut mango cheeks from 2 mangoes and peel off the skin.
- Place into food processor with a few basil leaves, and blend together.
- Remove the blade and mix in a handful of raspberries with a spoon, I use frozen raspberries.
- Peaches would also work really well with basil and raspberry.
So go enjoy the rest of summer with the people you love, and I’ll try to find more great things about this season…. until autumn comes that is and I’ll be happy again
|Contributed by Jillian of Cecil and Beryl.
Cecil and Beryl are organics with style. They create children’s wear with a focus on organics and being environmentally friendly, while not forgetting to be stylish. Their pieces are usually limited editions, often with a nod to vintage eras, while still being comfortable for children to wear.