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Raspberry-strawberry coulis!

berries

berries

straining the seeds out

straining the seeds out

A messy –but tasty– bowl of coulis.

A messy –but tasty– bowl of coulis.

coulis and ijs

coulis and ijs

The Dutch make really, really good ice cream. I had M buy some vanilla bean ice cream and made a raspberry-strawberry coulis to go on top. It was divine!

Here’s how I made it:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of fresh raspberries and strawberries
  • water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • juice from 2-4 limes, should be about 1/4 cup
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch

 INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put berries and about 1 cup of water in food processor or blender until smooth.
  • Combine puree, about 1.5 cups water and the sugar in a small saucepan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to berry mixture and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly.
  • You can strain the mixture or not – I like the bits, so I don’t strain.
  • Cool, cover and chill.

Spoon over vanilla ice cream, other desserts or add to a martini!

Bon appetit!

Raspberry-infused vodka

Backyard raspberries

Backyard raspberries

Not a raspberry. Be careful what you pick from the branches!!

Not a raspberry. Be careful what you pick from the branches!!

Freshly picked raspberries!

Freshly picked raspberries!

This is raspberry-infused vodka. Mmmmmmm

This is raspberry-infused vodka. Mmmmmmm

First of all Happy Canada Day! Here’s a little something for the red in our flag…(although it won’t be ready for a few weeks). We have a huge thicket of raspberries in our yard and today I picked a bunch of them so they could be a part of my first infused vodka trial.

When I lived in Lesotho, we would cross over to South Africa, to a small town called Ladybrand. Jon and Audrey introduced me to David and Lynn and their glorious life at Greenock. Greenock had horses, dogs, cats, pigs (that played fetch alongside the dogs), chickens, ducks… It’s beautiful there.

We would often stay the night after a day of horseback riding and a huge meal that Lynn slaved away at in the kitchen all day. She also made her own fruit-infused alcohol beverages that I could never get enough of. So, in memory of Miss Lynn, I gathered the raspberries today and started the process for myself. I’m really looking forward to sipping it in a few weeks. Cheers to David, Lynn, Jon, Audrey, Jacs and Bill!!! To all the fun we had in Ladybrand!