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tasty summer goodness [Jul. 13th, 2009|02:44 pm]
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I keep meaning to write about some of the excellent books I've read recently, but I keep losing focus while trying to summarize. *sighs* So instead I'm posting food porn. With badly taken pics. XD;

I had bought a fairly cheap trio of limes at the farmer's market the other week to make limeade, but wasn't feeling the limeade love. So instead I made an incredibly simple lime sorbet, cutting the recipe down since I only had three limes (which made 1/3 cup of juice). I used 2/3 c water and a little less than 2/3 c white granulated sugar (double the amount of sugar used in my favorite lemonade recipe). I have no ice cream maker (no space!) so I did it the old-fashioned way. I stuck the simple syrup and lime juice into a plastic container and broke up the ice about once an hour with a fork until I went to sleep (about three times). Unfortunately I think it needed one more mixing, because the next morning it was a bit hard. But I mixed it up in the morning again and it got a bit fluffy. It was still pretty fluffy in the afternoon when I decided to have some with tea. The tea is in a new mug I got by a Swedish designer that is double-walled (thus holdable even with very hot liquid inside). The other side of the mug has a tree and the right side has a flock of birds flying.

I had mango with lunch, a fabulous variety called Golden Glow I found at the farmer's market the other week. It actually compares favorably with the mango variety that grew in my yard (until the tree got too big and had to be chopped down). Velvety texture, not fibrous, juicy, and sweet (but not overly so). Insanely expensive, but so worth it. Of course, I grew up with a glut of free mango in the summer because everyone had a mango (or lychee) tree and had to get rid of the fruit (including us), so paying anything feels like a bit too much. :P

Not food, but just as good:

The cat moved while I tried to take a pic with the flash off in a slightly dark room. I kind of like the effect.