Rediscovering home-made ice lollies

 

Hey peeps!

The weather here has been crazy at the moment- hot one moment, windy and cold the next, then dry, then thundery rain… our meals have been all over the place because of it. One day we want a hot dinner and warm drinks, and another day salad for tea and iced tea to drink!IMG_5733

Recently Sainsbury’s kindly sent me a few bits for my blog- some basil and lemongrass paste, and some ice lolly moulds. As soon as I saw the lemongrass paste, lollies popped into my head. Innocent used to make a smoothie with coconut and lemongrass which was just so summery, and I fancied trying to recreate it. Luckily this weekend was warm!

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I actually used my star moulds in the end. Now, this is not the most scientific of recipes- I had to measure the capacity of the lolly moulds (mine were about 400ml in total), so in a jug I mixed pureed mango (around 300ml- this was tinned as I couldn’t get fresh ones and didn’t want to use frozen fruit as I don’t think it can be frozen twice) with coconut milk (around 100ml), and then added a tsp lemongrass paste.

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I then poured the mixture into moulds and left in the freezer. I fancy trying a pineapple version too, as I think pineapple and coconut will go very well together too.

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They didn’t take too long to freeze either- we enjoyed our first taste the same evening.

I had loads of the puree and milk left over, so I am going to sort out my ice cream maker and see if I can churn it up to make a sort of sorbet.

I do like fruit puree lollies, but I prefer them with a little coconut milk as it makes them so creamy and really summery.

The basil paste was crying out to go in some tomato sauce with gnocchi.

IMG_5742This again is not really a recipe. Chop a red onion, brown in a little oil, and then add passata, basil and a little salt. The tomato sauce does splatter all over the place- you have been warned!

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While that is simmering away, cook some gnocchi. You can buy ready made packs in the fridge section (not sure how to make it from potatoes), and we tend to cook half and freeze the other half for another time. It takes about 5 minutes to cook.

Then put the gnocchi and tomato sauce in a dish, add some pieces of mozzerella (optional) and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

IMG_5744Top with a little fresh basil if you have it. We tend to serve this with a salad. Crusty bread would be good for the tomato and basil sauce, but it tends to be pretty filling by itself.

Do you match your meals with the weather? We do have a few summer only meals (avocado and bean wraps) but some meals (like sweet potato chilli) we love so much we keep on having all the way through the year. I would only have ice lollies when it is really hot though, as they make me so cold!

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22 thoughts on “Rediscovering home-made ice lollies”

  1. Those lolly pop mould are so cute. I do like making my own ice lollies, so quick and easy. We had a stew for dinner tonight which isn’t summery at all, but I go through seasonal changes with some foods depending on the time of year.

  2. I love homemade lollies, the kids made super UNHEALTHY ones once out of sprite … made one heck of a mess the first time as they filled the moulds up all the way first time and it spilled all over the freezer 🙂

  3. Those lollies look yummy! I don’t really mind eating hot dishes in the summer, although the last week or two has been so humid/hot that having the oven on is a problem so we’ve had more summery dishes.

  4. I love those star ice lolly moulds! Very cute!
    We tend to go more summery with our meals this time of year – more salads (for me), sandwiches and cooler, smaller meals. Soup and casseroles are more of a winter dish in our house.

  5. If I did I wouldn’t be eating porridge every morning for breakfast hehe. I don’t mind eating hot or cold meals when it’s hot or cold! But I will drink more hot drinks in the cold.
    The ice lollies sound lovely! I love the more creamy ones rather than the plain fruit water ones. Coconut milk sounds like a great addition. Love those moulds as well!

  6. Wow the lemongrass combo sounds so good! That’s totally genius. I keep seeing homemade lolly recipes and I’ve finally been convinced to buy some lolly moulds! Will have to give these ones a go 😉

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