Friday, January 16, 2009

Orange Sherbet - Sort Of





M-m-m-m I made blood orange sherbet for dessert last night. It turned out to be a heavenly shade of pink, but what didn't turn out is the frozen part. Perhaps my ice and salt mixture was off. I had the ice cream attachment on my Oster going for HOURS. It was finally starting to freeze up, but we were all tired of listening to the thing running. I served up bowls of drinkable sherbet. It was delicious if not the height of perfection. I kind of fluffed the sherbet up a bit to give it some "body" for the picture, but pictures don't lie and I can't fake all you wonderful cooks out there into thinking this is a frozen delight when it's more of a slurpy surprise.






Yesterday, Elizabeth of About New York posted a picture of her favorite tea cup. She suggested her readers might like to post their favorites. This happens to be a brand new aquisition, so it's my current favorite tea cup and it's filled with Earl Grey tea. The cup was made in Japan, and has no handle. Keeps my hand warm!

Earl Grey has a nice aroma, doesn't it? Earl Grey used to order a special mix of tea from his local tea shop. The unique flavor and aroma comes from essence of bergamot. His friends, after enjoying a spot of tea at his home, started popping into the shop to order Earl Grey's signature tea mix. Thus the name.

I don't usually put sugar in my tea, but when I do I like to use the amber sugar crystals shown in the teaspoon. Do you have a favorite tea cup or coffee mug? Post it!
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If you feel your creative spirit waning stop over to see Stevie Wren today - she has a Haiku challenge for you.
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Many of the posts are dealing with the weather - and understandably so as my bloggyfriends are freezing their tutu's off. Betsy and her five men have taken a unique twist to staying warm. They're wearing tuxedo's. Check it out!
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Meanwhile WaterBlossoms is enjoying a poolside day. Flaunt it if you've got it! Don't give her a hard time about it - just take your ski mask off and enjoy the sun with her! She might make you a pitcher of Margarita's.

20 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Your orange sherbert is a magic color!
and your Earl Grey cup very elegant.
Daughter loves Earl Gray -we always keep it in the house!

Martha said...

Blood orange sherbert, so delightful, sorry it didn't freeze up completely. Thanks for the links and I love your tea cup.

Bella@That damn expat said...

I love tea! I've been on a jasmine/green tea high for a while now. It's Ahmad of London, try it!

Betsy said...

I read somewhere recently that you should never admit to your cooking mistakes. So, just say that you made some fabulous Blood Orange Slushies! They sound delish...but maybe I'll wait until July to try them up here! tee-hee!

Debby said...

Okay. I'm getting just a little scared. Sewing. Marmalade. Sherbert. The perfect tea.
Musey? I fear your association with Dr. West is affecting you. You're supposed to laugh at him, like I do. MUSEY? Can you hear me? MUSEY!!!!!!!

MuseSwings said...

Elizabeth- Thank you! The serbet looks "pretty in pink"

Martha - thank you and you're welcome

Bela - thanks I'll check the tea out - I love jasmine too

Brilliant Betsy! Next time I burn a quiche I'll either not show it at all or mention that the family just loves the smell of napalm in the morning

Debby! Thanks for the shake back into reality. I think I have a touch of the Stepford virus or something. I promise not to do anything domestic for the rest of the day!

Lady C said...

Ooooh! I love blood oranges and I love Earl Grey! And what a darling teacup.....

MuseSwings said...

Lady C, thank you for stopping by!

steviewren said...

Thanks for the plug Muse! Your pink slushies look Florida flamingo fabulous! I saw Betsy's tuxedo clad men...so elegant! I'll check out all of your other suggestions....and don't listen to Debby, she's just jealous. She wants to be the only Diva in the house.

dAwN said...

Oh my..you are always making my mouth water with your foodie creations! Wish I lived next door...I would invite myself in for a treat...tee hee

Cheeky Greek said...

Yum! I love blood oranges. There is a great restaurant that I love and they serve fresh-squeezed blood orange margaritas, soooo good! I'm hooked on cara cara oranges right now.

Janeen said...

Hi there, just catching up on my blog reading! I've missed ya! Ooh that sherbet looks so yummy! And I love the idea about posting your favorite tea cup, I'm on it this weekend! By the way, looking forward to Tuesday!

Mim said...

Well it may be slurpy but the sherbert looks delicious

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Hey, Muse, what a cool idea! Let's all take pics of our favorite cups (tea or coffee) and post them on our blogs this weekend! OK? I'll do it! :o)
I like your Japanese cup and Earl Grey is a wonderful tea. We have a cabinet FULL of different teas. [drool]
OK, better go. Steve is getting out the camera. He wants to help with the cup photos. See what you started! [ha ha] Stay warm! ♥ ∞

Blicky Kitty said...

Steviewren is awesome! I don't have a favorite mug but I am a SUCKER for a good cup of tea. There's a tea store in Cambridge MA that sells an Earl Grey with a powerful punch of bergamot. Pure heaven. Lately it's overpriced Numi teas that have me gaga. I'd like to say it's not the exotic packaging but I'm sure that contributes to the experience.

MuseSwings said...

CG - Cara cara oranges! I've not heard of those!

Janeen and Sparky - cool! I'll watch for your posts.

Dawn and Mim - Thank you!

Stevie - I think Debby is my alter ego!

Blicky - the packaging does help, doesn't it! I'll check out Numi. I have so many teas in my cupboard right now, my one and only New Years resolution is to work on my supply before I buy any more.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

I dood it (and I didn't get a whippin' ... ha ha ha). ♥ ∞
http://redbirdacres.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-favorite-coffee-and-tea-cups.html

Shellmo said...

I'll take a cup of your tea with my 3 degree weather today!

Bibi said...

I love slushies and sherbert, so I would have been happy with your concoction! My favorite Earl Grey is Earl Grey with lavender--delicious.

Blicky Kitty said...

Woooowwwee something looks different around here tonight. Did you get your haair done?