Super Easy Strawberry Sorbet (with or without an ice cream machine)

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Like a bear coming out of hibernation or a literary coming out of exile, I’ve finally re-emerged. I’m sure my arrival isn’t as anticipated or dramatic as an exiled literary, but, I’ve returned nonetheless. 

So I’ve been M.I.A. for a number of reasons…mainly a very little tiny reason. I have a little bun in the oven which has been occupying most of my energy. But I’ve been itching to blog for what feels like ages. There’s something therapeutic about the discovery of cooking and the satisfaction of putting pen to paper with what I’ve learned.    

Spring is upon us so what better time to reappearing in the blogosphere than this season; a time of rebirth and new beginnings, and what better recipe than this vibrant and delicious strawberry sorbet!

So while my pregnancy left me craving certain foods, my husband has had a serious case of couvade syndrome (in which my husband, so thoughtfully, empathises with my pregnany to the extend that he has had some symptoms as well!). In the past few days, my husband has had a hankering for sorbet.

Now, being the good wife that I am, naturally I would have made him homemade sorbet if his heart so desired something sweet and cold and fruity. But, given my general tired state, I attempted to seek sorbet at a nearby establishment late one night. Now the usually suspects that are open late night, such as your fast food joints, don’t carry any time of sorbet, so we decided to hit up Dairy Queen. I suppose asking an employee at DQ if they carry sorbet is like asking McDonald’s if they carry filet mignon. Sorbet has no dairy of course, as it is a frozen dessert made with just fresh fruit which is lightly sweetened.

After my failed sorbet-seeking attempted, I resigned to making a simple homemade sorbet the following day.

Sorbet is wonderful on its own after dessert and are also often served between courses as a palate-refresher. 

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The ingredients are few and the method even simpler! All you need is water, some sugar, a lemon, and fresh fruit! I used instant-dissolving granulated sugar as it takes nearly no time to dissolve in the water but I’ve also used regular granulated sugar on many occasions, so don’t feel the need to buy this sugar if you don’t already have it. 

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Raspberry Lemonade

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Those dog days of summer beg for something refreshing and delish to sip slowly whilst you bask under the beauty and warmth of the summer sun. I’m a sucker for any type of fruit combined with lemonade and this combination of raspberries and lemon is arguably my favourite. This raspberry lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with the sweetness of farm-fresh raspberries with just enough pucker to remind you that you’re enjoying a drink made with tart lemons. If you’re not a raspberry fan, you can easily replace them with strawberries or blueberries or any other berry that tickles your fancy. If you have any mint on hand, infuse the lemonade with mint for some colour variation and more deliciousness. 

Lemonade is synonymous with summer time and this gorgeous pink lemonade is the perfect addition to any barbecue or pool side party. It’s ridiculously refreshing, free of additives and preservatives (unlike the bottled and powdered varieties which contain questionable amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame and other ingredients that shouldn’t find their way into drinks you’ll be sharing with your kids this summer). And the best part about this? The gorgeous blush pink colour that’ll have you swooning and thanking the heavens that summer has arrived!

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