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lemon sorbet margaritas August 6, 2010

Filed under: blog,foodie fridays,portfolio — sylvia @ 5:52 pm

In the midst of one of our heat waves, I purchased an ice cream maker. This gorgeous beast has been a blessing (in the heat) and a curse (on our waistlines). This week I decided I needed to make a lemon sorbet. I searched far and wide for a recipe which looked enticing, only to end up adapting the one from the Cuisinart instruction booklet. It didn’t quite turn out like I expected but I found a great use for it!

I think this is much more a granita than a sorbet, and I’m quite sure it could be happily made without an ice cream maker.

lemon sorbet

6 cups of sugar
3 cups of water
2 cups of lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest (preferably from organic lemons)

In a glass saucepan, combine the sugar and water, and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer until sugar dissolves, approximately 3-5 minutes. Let cool, or refridgerate until needed.

When ready, add lemon juice and zest, and add to your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl and mix until it thickens (25-30 minutes). Mine didn’t thicken, so I just popped it into the freezer for a couple of hours.

lemon sorbet margaritas
serves 4

lemon sorbet, as above
triple sec
sugar and a wedge of lem for rimming the glasses

If the sorbet is in the freezer, pull it out at least 10 minutes before starting.

Place sugar in a shallow dish, and moisten the rim of a margarita glasses with the lemon wedge, then dip in sugar.

Using an ice cream scoop, add 2-3 scoops of lemon sorbet to each glass. Pour an ounce of tequila and a dash of triple sec into each glass and serve.

Perfectly refreshing!

ever wonder what six cups of sugar looks like?

I love food photography but I definitely need to cultivate the patience to do it well. I just want to eat what I’ve made!


eat your greens July 9, 2010

Filed under: blog,foodie fridays — sylvia @ 7:22 pm

I love local produce and live for the summer, when 90% of my food come straight from local farms. Without them I’d be lost; given the shade and part-shade of my garden, I can’t grow much, but at least I can grow my own herbs. Maybe next summer, I’ll buy a sunny plot in a community garden up the road.


sweet treat July 2, 2010

Filed under: blog,foodie fridays — sylvia @ 12:47 pm

Since Canada Day fell on a Thursday this year, most people took today as a vacation today and had a lovely four day weekend. I took it as an opportunity to get more done, since my phone wouldn’t be ringing and my inbox would stay empty.

For the few of us at work today, I whipped up a batch of Congo Bars. I came across the recipe a few weeks back on Bakerella, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Today was the perfect excuse to make it again.


For the recipe, click through or visit Bakerella.



Keeping out of trouble August 4, 2009

Filed under: blog,foodie fridays,portfolio — sylvia @ 5:20 pm

When I have no “proper” work to do, I will happily spend a whole day in the kitchen testing out new recipes:


cherry tart