My cooking style is not very adventurous, as you might have seen. I am an annoying perfectionist, I only cook things that I know will work, although it doesn’t always work 100 percent of the times, but the percentage is pretty high to keep my head sane. I guess I have a very demanding day job, that I have to remain focus from the moment I wake up till 5 o’clock, which sometimes couldn’t come soon enough, so if I am going to take a couple of hours off work to cook, that dish better work and I’d better take good pictures of it.
The pudding fiasco from yesterday has left me a bit traumatized. I cheered myself up with a little frozen treat from my little red book (or blue, in this case). It is refreshing. It is cheerful. It makes you smile on the first bite. It is like those cheesy chick flicks’ first dates.
Do you have any fruit that you can simply not be able to eat it, and the smell of it is just enough to make you feel sick? I do, I do. I have a couple, actually. Whenever I have no other choice but to eat them, I squeezed a bit of lime juice on them. The lime makes the fruit bearable, almost delicious. That fruit is papaya. I know that I am an ungrateful, living in tropical paradise but hating papaya. I feel awful sometimes, but I can’t help it. The point I was trying to say is that lime is a great way to smarten up any fruit, and bring the taste and sweetness of fruit to a new dimension, with just a little twist. Adding lime to my favorite fruit is just heaven.
This frozen treat have all the things I love. Watermelon. Lime. Chocolate chip, which is what makes it extra special. What is the fruit that you can’t take and what do you do to ‘dress it up’?
Cut up watermelon and blend it in an electric blender. Remove every single seeds if you are using normal watermelon. I was using seedless variety. Pour the juice into a big bowl or jug.
Combine half a cup of juice with sugar and salt in a saucepan. Cook over medium high until sugar dissolved.
Pour the sugar and juice mixture back into the jug of juice. Chill thoroughly, about an hour. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker and add chocolate chip during the last minute of churning. Freeze until ready to serve. I am using Cuisinart with built in compressor and it churned for 40 minutes.
Unmoulding is a piece of cake. Once you are ready to serve, leave the cone out of fridge for 10 minutes, and flip it on a serving plate. It fell out so easily, I couldn’t believe myself.
750 ml watermelon juice, from 1 kg cut seedless watermelon
80 g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp chocolate chips
Blend watermelon in a fruit blender, measure the juice and make sure you get 750 ml out of the fruit. Cut some more of the fruit if 1 kg is not enough. FIll up a container and set aside.
Combine 125 ml of juice, sugar and salt in a small, non reactive saucepan. Cook it over medium heat until all sugar dissolved, about 3 minutes.
Pour the sugar and watermelon mixture back into the juice container. Add lime juice and stir well.
Chill thoroughly in the fridge, for about 1 hour.
Freeze mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
Add chocolate chip into mixture during last minute of churning.
Remove sorbet from canister and freeze in the fridge for an hour before serving.