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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Strawberry Noodle Salad

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If the thought of noodles, strawberries and walnuts together in a salad renders you speechless, you’re not alone. Most people who try this salad for the first time do a double-take when they see it but their reticence is quickly replaced by delight when they bite into this deliciously refreshing, albeit unusual, salad. The flavour of the strawberries are coaxed out gently with the use of the balsamic and the noodles and walnuts provide a hearty crunch that elevates a pedestrian salad to new levels of yummyness!

If there was ever a time to enjoy seasonally fresh strawberries, it’s right now. When shopping for strawberries, choose ones that are bright red and firm and ones that are locally grown. Strawberries don’t ripen after they are picked so they should be at the peak of freshness when picked. Choosing a locally grown variety will ensure the freshest, sweetest strawberries are being delivered quickly from the farm to your table.

As delicious as they are, they are also a nutritional powerhouse. One cup of sliced strawberries delivers more than a day’s worth of vitamin C and is a good source of fibre and manganese which maintains healthy bones and helps regulate blood sugar. They are crazy high in antioxidants, and, according to a recent study conducted by Harvard U, they can cut the risk of heart attack in women by one-third as they help dilate arteries and prevent the build-up of fatty plaque.

There are so many ways — and reasons! — to enjoy this delicious little fruit, and what better way to showcase the strawberry — in all its lovely glory — than in this quintessential summer salad!

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