What I ate this week | Lots and lots of sorbet.

Strawberry-Peach Sorbet

I can honestly say that I am addicted to homemade sorbet.

It all started with a batch of strawberry-peach sorbet last week. I had an overabundance of strawberries and peaches that were about to go bad and a hankering for something cold and sweet. This how-to guide from The Kitchn was the perfect solution to all of my problems.

Turns out one batch simply wasn’t enough, so I had to make some watermelon-lime sorbet to keep it company in the freezer. I can’t decide which one I like more. They are both freakin’ amazing.

Blueberry blackberry fruit snacks

I also tried my hand at some homemade fruit snacks. I did a blueberry-blackberry one (above) and a citrus-vanilla batch.

They were both interesting, though not quite perfect. The blueberry-blackberry ones, based on this recipe, were more firm, though gritty, and had a great flavor. The citrus-vanilla ones, based on this recipe, were much softer, making them a great texture, but the vanilla ended up being incredibly overpowering. I kicked myself afterwards for adding it in; they would have been so much better sans vanilla.

Oh well. I’m already dreaming up flavor combinations for my next batch!

And…

Because one cannot subsist on sorbet and fruit snacks alone (harumph), I’ve also had to whip up a few other things.

Beef empanadas a la handle the heat

Dinners consisted of a lot of freezer diving; using up homemade pasta sauces, lasagna, and beef empanadas. And enjoying the full summer bounty with burgers, fresh corn salad, and watermelon up the wazoo.

It also included some new recipes, like buckwheat blini breakfast kebabs from Including Cake! They didn’t look nearly as pretty or taste nearly as good as I was hoping. I’m not sure if it’s because we used chia instea of flax, or that I used maple syrup instead of the agave.

You win some, you lose some, I suppose.

cucumersauce

Another disappointment… baked falafel sticks. I’ve been putting it on the menu for weeks, trying to convince The Hubster that they would be delicious. And then I made them, and they were super dry… And The Babe didn’t like them to boot (I should have known, she hates beans). I did, however, make an amazing (dairy free) cucumber dip to go along with them, so that kind of sort of made up for the flop.

Stir fries have rounded out the meals, with some beef with broccoli and onion-scallion beef. I’m not sure which was better.

What about you?

What have you been eating lately? What summer treats have been on the menu and in your bellies?

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