Mango Sorbet with Crystalised Ginger

What did you do this week-end? I bet most of you went out of that town to enjoy those last summer days…Me, I stayed home, worked on all the things that needed attention around the house, and cooked. There were so many things that I had wanted to bake and prepare that it was nice to have the time to stay home, and play around in my kitchen. One problem… all the things I prepared, or most of them were not anything my family wanted to eat…. Oops…Today for example, I fixed that mango sorbet I have been meaning to prepare for the past days. I love mango, and wanted to eat a sorbet because it is a light dessert, and almost good for you;-) unlike all those desserts I have been presenting.

Ingredients: 3 ripe mangos, cut and chopped, 1/3 cup of flavored rum ( i used vanilla), 1/3 cup of sugar, the juice of one lime, 2 tbsp of crystalized ginger.

In a blender, place all the ingredients except the ginger and chop until you have a very very smooth puree. Place the puree in a ice cream freezer, and stir until the ice cream is freezing ( about 20 minutes). Remove the ice-cream from the ice cream maker, and add the ginger. Stir. Place the ice-cream in the freezer for 1-2 hours to harden the ice-cream.

To serve, scoop 2 scoops of mango ice-cream in martini glasses, or in wine tumblers, and decorate as you wish.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Tropical Fruit Salad

Even though my children eat very little fruits, I keep on buying them…I know, I know…believe me but nothing goes to waste at my house, it just means that I have to either be creative to cook what I buy, or find recipes that inspire me:-) This week, while I was looking for ripe mangos to make sorbet, I saw those beautiful pineapple, papayas, star fruit… and of course I had to buy them:-) Now I have to find recipes to fix all of that.

But last night, I thought a good light fruit salad would be a good ending to my meal…so here it is.

Ingredients: 1 cup of pineapple, 1 cup of diced mango, 1 cup of diced papaya, 2 Tbsp of coconut flakes, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 4 tbsp of flavored rum ( I had vanilla rum from St Marteen). 1 tbsp of crystallized Ginger chips. 6 leaves of mint chopped very thinly. Rum Flavored whipped cream.

Dice all the fruits in very small cubes. In a large bowl, place all the fruits, the rum, the sugar, the mint and mix well. Set aside for 1 hour so that the fruits will absorb the rum. Before serving add the coconut, the crytallized ginger to the fruit mixture.

Rum Flavored Whipped Cream: Place 1 cup of heavy cream and 2 tbsp of rum in the bowl of a mixer. Mix on high until the cream starts forming peaks. Add sugar if needs be, maybe 1/2 tbsp.

Serve the fruit salad in martini glasses. Top the fruit salad with a dollop of whipped cream. Chop a few mint leaves and sprinkle them on top of the whipped cream. Serve with speculos. Yum!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!