16 February 2006

Ridiculous Valentine Sorbet

The Valentine hype is done (at least for another 363 more days) and I decided that I would post this now, because I would make this wonderful fruit sorbet any day, but made it extra special for V-day (nothing was bought intentionally for V-day). The only pink and red stuff was made from strawberries, plums and peaches!

I have been wanting to make sorbet for a while and since I stocked up on fresh fruits, I decided to take those, and the one's I always keep frozen in the freezer, and whip up a wonderful sorbet. This was for sure ridiculously huge, but it was also very tasty and fun to make and look at. I only ended up eating about a bite of each flavor because I was already full from my wonderful falafel, hummus, baba, green salad and about 2 pitas (yes, I can eat a lot for my size).

I decided to freeze the remaining fresh fruits I had in my basket that were not devoured yet. I had a banana, 2 kinds of plums, kiwis, lemon, lime that were fresh. Already frozen was strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and blackberries. I took everything out, cut it up and seperated so I could make colorful layers. I decided to make each kind individually, meaning after each spin in the mixer, I rinsed the container, as well as put each flavor in it's own little plastic container. I made all this Monday night so I could just take it out and put each flavor in the glass on V-day. I like to purchase frozen organic fruits when they are a good deal at the store. I enjoy freezing them because they last and I don't have to worry about ingredients-on-hand.

I also like to eat organic fruits and veggies as much as possible (for many reasons), one because you get so many more nutrients, and not other crap when eating organic foods. I can't imagine biting into a shiny, waxy, injected-with-crap, enormous fruit or veggie that won't even be good for me anyway. That's why I get organic. I also like buying frozen fruits (and sometimes veggies) because they are immediately flash-frozen and that ensures that little nutrients get lost or removed from the foods (exposure to air, etc.).

Back to the point: These are the layers from the top to the bottom. I put my favorite on the bottom and least favorite on top so I could pick around it (not a huge fan of the strawberry/banana mixture, but this was made for Ray especially, and he loves it).

Top:
strawberry + banana
blueberry
strawberry + blackberry
kiwi + lemon + lime
blackberry
peach + plum

When I put the chopped frozen fruits in the blender, I also added about 1 tablespoon of agave nectar per round in the blender. So, there was probably a total of about 6T of agave nectar, but I also made about 32 + ounces of sorbet! There is still a ton in the freezer, and it's Thursday.

I topped these with oranges from my boss' tree.

This was all really good and really sweet. Except for the layer of kiwi, lemon, lime. That was actually hard to eat and I kept making that funny sour face and finally just moved on to the next flavor.

This was a colorful, thoughtful, all-organic, healthy, tasty treat (for any day). It was also really easy and fast to make. I highly suggest trying these with your favorite fruits. I plan to do this again in the future, but be realistic, and not use so many fruits (unless it's a gift again) and just keep it simple to a flavor or too. I tend to go overboard with many things!

10 comments:

SusanV said...

You certainly put a lot of love into this! I like your idea of layering the flavors, and I'm sure my daughter would get a big kick out of it. Thanks for a great idea!

EatPeacePlease said...

Thanks Susan! As I scooped the fourth layer into it, I started laughing to myself about how huge and silly this was gonna be. It turned out nice and tasty, but it is still making me chuckle looking at the photo right now!

Julie said...

Ohhh~ These are so fancy! Good idea!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

gorgeous!

EatPeacePlease said...

Thanks Jess. I really like all the sweets you make! I just found them a few days ago.

Mindy T. said...

What gorgeous parfaits -- I want one right now!

I'm a lacto-ovo and vegan cookbook author just starting out in the blogosphere. It's fantastic fun roaming around, bumping into other conscious-food folk, creating community. Visit me if you're so inclined at:

http://mindycooks.blogspot.com

I'll be back often to see what you're up to. Blessings and bon appetit!

Harmonia said...

How very colorful!

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http://harmonia.blogsome.com

Miriam said...

Now that's some fancy stuff. I don't think I would have had the patience to go through all that - but it looks awesome. And I probably would have loved the lemon lime kiwi layer. I can't get enough of lemons these days. Heck, you should have had an avocado/lemon layer. :)

EatPeacePlease said...

Miriam... I think I will save the avocado/lemon layer for when I am just about nine months pregnant... or I'll Fed-Ex you some!!!

EatPeacePlease said...

Mindy, why a vegan ("conscious eating") cookbook if you are eating eggs and such?!?