My Francesca celebrated her sixth birthday on Sunday. We had a wonderful time…the sun shone, we had lots of great food and enjoyed sharing the day with our awesome family and friends.
I am always humbled by how much love and kindness my family and friends lavish on my children, especially on their birthdays. I think as a parent, there is nothing that moves you more, or warms your spirit more than seeing the people who are important in your life take an interest in your kids. There is something reassuring in this. Something that makes you feel supported, like it’s not just you responsible for this daunting task…that there are others willing to help. Willing to be there for your children, to make them feel loved, special and that they belong to something greater, that they are part of a bigger community.
I can’t tell you how much this means to me. How important it is to me. How grateful I am for the village I have helping me raise my children.
And so…I feed them all. I’m not sure I can ever repay the debt whole heartedly enough so I make them eat cake. And pizza. And blood orange sorbet. I hope my love and gratitude can be felt in the food I make them, I try to put my heart and soul into it x
Blood Orange Sorbet – Dairy Free Ice-cream
Serves 4-6 in cones – you need an ice-cream maker for this recipe!
What you need:
6-8 blood oranges – enough to make 2 cups of juice
1/2 cup raw sugar
What to do:
Juice your oranges using a hand juicer, (not your fancy machine one) to make 2 cups of juice.
Put the sugar in a small saucepan and add enough juice just to cover it. Heat over a low heat until all the sugar dissolves.
Add the sugar mixture back into the juice and stir to combine. Put in to the fridge to cool completely.
When your juice is nice and cold, put it into your ice-cream machine and do what you normally do. It only took mine about 20 minutes to freeze.
Put your sorbet in a container with a lid and pop it in the freezer to firm up. You might like to let it sit on the bench for about five minutes before you want to use it.
Enjoy in a cone or a cup…it’s tangy, fizzy and totally delicious!
How do you celebrate birthdays in your family? Is it an ‘all in’ affair?
Happy Birthdays and as Frankie says…Have fun and get dirty!