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Summer Sweets! – Ice cream , sorbet and sherbet

Ice cream time!
Ice cream time!

Greetings to you All!

I’m back with more , this time sooner than expected …:)

As I’m currently based in London , talking or even thinking about summer is a delicate issue. Last week I realized we are already in July. Ā I didn’t really felt the summer so far but let’s keep the hope šŸ™‚

Last week I wrote about Pavlova , this week I try to sort out the difference between Ice cream, sorbet and sherbet.

These “chilling” little sweeties are all on the market, but when you look at the packaging and try to decide what to have or take home it can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, each of them are delicious but if you are on a diet or allergic to dairy and want to avoid animal fat , worth the time to investigate.

In all shapes and sizes
In all shapes and sizes

The difference between sorbet and sherbet is that sherbets contain milk or another fat making it similar to ice cream. Generally thought of as being fruit based, sorbets can be made with any ingredient. For instance, I have had wonderful chocolate sorbet as well as one made with champagne.

Sorbets are technically ices and are also referred to as granitas or ices (as in Italian ice). These were probably the first iced dessert, having been invented by the Asians and then introduced to the Middle East and Italy. Because of the icy nature of the recipe sorbets are generally more grainy in texture, where sherbets are creamy because of the added fat.

Happy hormones!
Happy hormones!

The smoothness of a sorbet is also dependent on the secondary ingredients because of how they can change the structure of the frozen recipe. More or less sugar or alcohol or even the amount of water will make a big difference in the texture of the recipe.

Commercial sorbets have about 100 calories in a half cup. Most of the calories comes from the sugar. Light ice creams are similar but are made with milk and will generally contain some fat in addition to the sugar. Choosing one of these as an occasional treat is a good part of a healthy diet.

Beige delights
Beige delights

Light ice creams are made in a number of ways. Until recently this was what we called “ice milk” when I was growing up and simply made with milk instead of cream (often with the addition of gelatin).
There are some processes now where the milk is super whipped and forms smaller fat globules that more closely resemble that in ice cream. There are also low sugar and sugar free versions marketed today.

Ice creamĀ is a frozenĀ dessertĀ usually made fromĀ dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. In some cases, artificialĀ flavouringsĀ andĀ colouringsĀ are used in addition to, or instead of, the natural ingredients. The mixture of chosen ingredients is stirred slowly while cooling, in order to incorporate air and to prevent largeĀ ice crystalsĀ from forming. The result is a smoothly textured semi-solid foam that is malleable and can be scooped.

Gelatoo , Gelatooo!
Gelatoo , Gelatooo!

You can say that ice cream is a type of gelato, but there still is a difference. More sugar in gelato, more butterfat (the percentage of fat in the milk/cream) in ice cream.

To summarize :
The main difference is in the ingredients used.

Ice cream is made with milk, cream, sugar, and eggs.

Sherbet is made with fruit juice/puree, sugar, water, and dairy (usually milk).

Sorbet is made with fruit juice/puree, sugar, and water (no dairy).

So chic... :)
So chic… šŸ™‚

Well, there is more to these desserts, but I think I covered the basics , so now you can go and go wild in the closest Gelato bar or supermarket , whichever is closest šŸ™‚

Keep up the good vibe my Dear Readers!

’till next time! šŸ™‚

Hanna

xxx

“The Queen of super foods” – Kale

Her Majesty - The Kale
Her Majesty – The Kale

As I promised I’m back with a new Ā topic.

Now that all of our table manners are perfect and we know how to behave….

Let’s talk veg…

I’m probably not the one , who is not a big fan of any kind of green (veggies).

You must wonder what do I mean by that . It basically means I need some other ingredient , some sauce or dressing to go with it, if it’s a salad…

It’s not new , since I was a little girl,my Mom had a problem forcing me on it , but as I grew older, I realized, I can actually enjoy eating them, if they are “disguised” properly.

“Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health.”

I’ve Ā heard this so many times, but I just waved and said it’s only rabbit-food , I can’t eat that, until 1 month ago…

My relationship with veggies , changed. I found Kale.

"Friendly"greens
“Friendly”greens

I was having lunch with my friend not long before Christmas, I had an ordinary Sunday Roast , with the only green on my plate , Peas. Marie had a salad which looked good, but I told her I won’t be touching it… But she was insistent and I gave in… and I have to say it was maybe the best salad I’ve ever had… Kale, feta cheese, pomegranate and peach salad, with vinegar dressing.

My -my even thinking of it makes my stomach rumble…

Beautiful mix of flavors and colours
Beautiful mix of flavors and colors

Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Kaleā€™s healthĀ benefits are the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K .

To find the freshest kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Smaller leaves will be more tender and milder in flavor. Leaves range from dark green to purple to deep red in color.

Breakfast from/with Kale
Breakfast from/with Kale

Store kale, unwashed, in an air-tight zipped plastic bag for up to five days in the refrigerator.The good thing about it, Ā besides all I mentioned above, you can find Kale all year long, even during the dark and gloomy winter days we are having now.

To find more tips on how to prepare ,choose ,store and cook Kale , you can refer to the link below.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/kale

To find recipes to make smoothies, salads and all kinds of goodness from my new favorite veg Ā ,you can use Google. I cannot even recommend just one simple page , because there are one too many of them , and all of those are quite good.

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Everyone of you can find something to load up on vitamins this winter.

Good luck!

Oh, and if anyone finds some desserts with Kale , please let me know! šŸ˜€

Hanna