A Refreshing Apricot Mango Sorbet

 Easy Gourmet                                            Cooking Devotional

This summer with its record high temperatures calls for something refreshing. When I walk into the house sticky and hot from doing errands, I head for something ice cold: a lemonade, a diet coke with plenty of crushed ice, or a scoop of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Now Dale has added something icy, as well as nutritious to my repertoire—an apricot mango sorbet. Both of my sons are here this week, and I think they would love for me to stir it up today. Ice cold refreshment waiting around the bend.

 Dale’s World:

                                   Apricot Mango Sorbet

When I was younger and not so familiar with culinary language, I thought “sorbet” was a misspelling of “sherbet”. Education is a marvelous thing!

Let’s take time to review the differences between three similar preparations: ice cream, sherbet and sorbet. Ice creams are made mostly of milk, cream and sugar while being flavored with fruit or other imaginative confections. Sherbets (sometimes pronounced and spelled “sherbert”) have much less cream and sugar with a greater emphasis on  fruit than ice creams. Sorbets have no cream or milk; almost pure fruit puree.

In formal dinners sorbets have traditionally been served as intermediary courses. Today, we use them as first courses, desserts and summer afternoon treats for the kids. As mentioned before, they are almost entirely fruit, so you don’t have to worry about eating “too much.”

You will need:

3 Mangos                                 1/3 cup of Sugar

3 Apricots                                 1/3 cup of Champagne or White Wine

Preparation:

1. Peel and dice the mangos. Use only ripe or even over ripe fruit. Hard green mangos are bitter and at best flavorless.

2. The same is true of the apricots. If fresh ripe apricots are not available, used canned apricots. Dried apricots are not suitable. Wash, it is not necessary to peel the apricots, and remove the pits.

Mangos and Apricots

3. Combine the fruit, sugar and champagne in your food processor and puree.

4. Pour the mixture into a sealable, freezable container and tuck it away in your freezer for a hot afternoon.

5. Serve semi-soft in elegant stemware or your child’s favorite cereal bowl.

An Afternoon Treat

 

Food for Thought:

Times of Refreshing

What do you do when you need refreshing, when you feel weary to the bone? My composer son likes to take a walk on the beach. Dale paints a landscape. My friend works in her garden, and I draw or, if possible, escape to a Retreat House where they practice a rule of silence. There I always meet with God in a deeper way.

We live in a weary land where our bodies and spirits are in constant need of refreshment. We need someone or something to give energy to our spirits and eyes.

Some people have the gift of being able to refresh others. We had neighbors over for our Summer Dinner Friday night, and the young wife’s love of and participation in classical music refreshed my Pianist heart. It even inspired me to practice.

Paul writes to his friend Philemon, “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints” (Philemon 1:7).

Repentance is another refresher, one that refreshes us spiritually. “Repent then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

Any failure to obey God produces darkness in our lives. It may be overindulgence or an unkind word, anger acted out inappropriately, lack of faith. Unconfessed sin distances us from the fullness of his Light-filled Presence. It’s a barrier to his joy.

Long ago I learned an exercise at a conference that still helps me when I need to confess. First, make a hard copy list of specific sins in your life. Second, pray over each item agreeing with God that you have sinned. Third, tear the list into small pieces and throw it away. For God has said, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

I think I’ll make my list now, cast it all on the Lord, then celebrate by stirring up that apricot/mango sorbet.                                                                   [RuthAnn]

Refreshing Sorbet

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2 Responses to A Refreshing Apricot Mango Sorbet

  1. Diane Rutledge Hazel says:

    I AM SOOOOO gonna make this SOON!!!

    • ruthann1 says:

      Dear Diane,

      I’m making it today for company. A double portion. Did you know Stephen and David are here, and Robin, Desmond and Gavin will be spending the night a couple of nights and taking us out for a big celebration of our 70th birthdays? They won’t tell us much. We’ve got to dress up too. I’ll tell you what happens later.

      Your little bitty grandaughter is looking beautiful.

      Love you, RuthAnn RuthAnn Ridley Inspiring Cuisine “From a chore to a joy” inspiringcuisine.com ruthannridley@earthlink.net

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