I was going to call these icy poles as that’s what we used to call them back in Australia when I was a kid. When I mentioned this to Mark he looked at me as if it was one of those words that you think everyone uses but actually only existed in your family (know those?) Thankfully a quick look up in the Urban Dictionary confirmed that it was, in fact, “a frozen water-based dessert on a stick” (among some other, far less appropriate definitions!) but in the end I settled on ice lolly wondering how many people would actually know what an icy pole was. And then there’s popsicles. And ice pops. But you have to draw the line somewhere.
It’s so hot in Bahrain at the moment that when the temperature dropped to about 38°C (100°F) this week people actually start to rejoice at the advent of cooler weather. Those who haven’t lived in such extreme heat (we’re talking constant temperatures of about 45°C+ and 80-90% humidity for at least a couple of months) often can’t fathom how we could possibly complain about it, but it needs to be experienced to be believed. Sunglasses fogging up when you step outside, the swimming pool feeling more like a hot bath and not needing to run these ice lollies under hot water to get them out of the moulds – give them 5 seconds and they just drop right out! On the up side, complaining about the heat here did win me a copy of Tenina Holder’s thermomix cookbook For Food’s Sake but more about that in a future post. I haven’t forgotten that I promised to tell you all about the little magic machine they call thermomix, and I will, but in the meantime following Helene and Tenina is a must for all thermomixers.
Lots of exciting stuff has been going on since I posted last. I am currently working my way through over 2,000 photos from our Thailand trip so I can share some of the great experiences we had with you, including a cooking class at A lot of Thai cookery school in Chiang Mai. Our host for the day, Yui, made that a very special day and I’ve got some great tips to share with you.
When we got home the t-shirt I had ordered from Sevenly was waiting for me and I have worn it to death since (if you follow on Facebook you may have seen a photo there). Sevenly is a US based organisation that partners with a different non-profit each week to raise money through the sale of unique limited edition clothing and other products – $7 from every product sold over the 7 day period goes to the selected charity for that week. Clever huh? At the top of their home page you can see how much has been donated in a given week as well as the number of shares on Twitter and Facebook – this is another great way you can offer support by helping to spread the word about their campaigns. Please let me know if you order anything, I’d love to hear about it.
Soon after that I got another colourful delivery in the form of my new business cards and greeting cards from Moo. I LOVE them and my only problem now is not wanting to give them away! The quality is amazing and they are particularly popular with bloggers and photographers because you can have a different photo printed on the back of each card which means you always have a little portfolio of your work in your pocket. I’ve noticed people also like the novelty of being able to choose the card they like the most. I also ordered some Facebook cards which are free at the moment (you just have to pay for the postage) and you can get them for business or personal Facebook accounts which is very cool. Looking through the inspiration gallery, I was amazed at the creative ways people have used Moo products. If you’re interested in making an order this link will get you 10% off.
There’s more exciting news in the pipeline but that will have to wait for next time. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are and if it’s shining just a little bit too much then hopefully a batch of these ice lollies/popsicles/icy poles will cool you down! Oh, and if you’re not in to sweets, maybe one of Heston’s savoury ice lollies is more your style – Waldorf salad ice lolly anyone?[Disclaimer: I paid for both my Sevenly t-shirt and my Moo business and greeting cards and was not asked by either brand to write about their products. If you make a purchase from Moo using the link above I will receive a credit to my account of £4.50 and you will receive 10% off your order. All views expressed are my own.]
INGREDIENTS120g tinned lychees (approx. 1/2 cup) 80g frozen raspberries (approx. 2/3 cup) 2 tbsp syrup (from the tin of lychees) 30ml elderflower cordial 250ml water
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used my thermomix) and blend until smooth. Strain to remove raspberry seeds (optional) and pour into moulds. Place in freezer for 3 hours or until frozen solid. Run under warm water to remove from mould before serving (if required!)