Saturday, August 18, 2012

Passion Fruit Sorbet Popsicles

It is so hot here, I feel like I just want to sit in a tub of ice water the whole day. The heat is bad enough, but it's the humidity that really kills. Even in the a/c, the thought of baking is not particularly appealing (though I have made a few things -turned the air down so low, it was freezing in here!).

Someone gave me a whole bag of passion fruit from their tree and the first thing I thought of was to make something COLD with them. The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz is one of my favorite books and a source of great inspiration. I took his recipe for tropical fruit sorbet as a base and played around with it according to what I had in the house. SO easy, so refreshing and delicious!

 Passion Fruit Sorbet Popsicle (adapted from Tropical Fruit Sorbet- The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz)

2 medium-sized very ripe bananas
1/2 pineapple (1 cup canned)
1/4 cup tangerine or orange juice(I didn't have any so I used the juice from the pineapple)
1/4 cup passion fruit juice or pulp(I used whatever I got out of the fruit i had which came to about 3/4 cup)
1 cup sugar (I used  A LOT less, only 1/4 cup or so)
4 tsp. rum( I've made it with and without- good both ways)
1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice ( used bottle, that's all I had) 

Cut bananas and put in a blender with the rest of the ingredientsPuree until smooth.
The directions say to chill the mix well and freeze in ice cream maker, but I wanted to make popsicles. I just poured the mix  into cute little disposable espresso cups I found and stuck them in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes, then inserted popsicle sticks and finished the freezing. 
Delicious, cool, refreshing !!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Project Sabbatical

sabbatical- noun

: a break or change from a normal routine (as of employment) 

 This is the dictionary definition I found for sabbatical.  Ah, yes.......... change from a normal routine. Let's see, normal routine: up at 6 a.m., shower, get ready for work ( school), drive the 25 minute ride to work(I'm a very good driver but I hate that daily drive to work!), teach until 3 p.m., drive back home (ugh!), start straightening the house, laundry and getting something prepared for dinner, do some school preparation, eat dinner, clean up, maybe take a walk, then plop down on the couch , only to fall asleep before I can make it through one show... to bed and up again for ANOTHER round of the same. OK, I know, that's life. But sometimes it just needs to change and this is my chance. A whole year of NO routine! 
When I typed in the word sabbatical and clicked on images, it was interesting to see the variety of pictures that came up. Here are a few that I thought were appropriate for me.........
among MANY others!

 Back to reality! So, now I am working out my "sabbatical routine". Until the end of this month, I'm  full-time babysitter for my granddaughter. Nursery school on vacation- parents not.
After that, I think I will make a routine of having no routine! One thing I do want to try and accomplish is to go through my vast collection of cookbooks and actually start  trying some of the recipes. So here is the plan:
each week I will choose one cookbook and make at least one- hopefully 3 or 4- recipe from that particular book, photograph it(them) and post about it. ( The best laid plans of mice and men!) We shall see.
This week I am using  local book in Hebrew called "The Healthy Kitchen". I will be making "Quinoa Burgers" for sure, and whatever else I may find that interests me!
Pictures and recipes hopefully to follow!