Watermelon, basil & rosewater granita

2 glasses of granita with cream

 

Market ingredient: basil
Difficulty: a little messy (although that’s perhaps just me) and you need 2 days
Deliciousness: Refreshing
Did The Beard like it? “It needs more rosewater”. But then again, he thinks life needs more rosewater.

Who doesn’t love a granita? A cheat’s alternative to a sorbet, all icey and delicious. I know I do. This recipe is adapted from a much-loved and highly utilised Stephanie Alexander (the other Stephanie) recipe, straight cookbook of biblical proportions, The Cook’s Companion.

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Basbousa (Semolina slice)

semolina slice in a tray with sugar syrup

Market ingredient: N/A
Difficulty: Honestly SO easy. You can prepare and cook in under 1 hr
Deliciousness: Sugary sweetness. 
Did The Beard like it? “DELICIOUS”

It’s that time of the year again where I get myself whipped into a frenzy about the impending annual ski trip. And this year we got the call up to partake in the Annual Parentals Trip to Turnak. i.e The Beard and I will be hanging out with Mamma and Papa Brown and their friends for an entire week in a legendary lodge in Guthega that doesn’t have internet connection. Nor a TV. Nor mobile phone reception, unless you are with Optus, stand on a stool in the front corner of the living room and direct your phone north. In the vein of all good ski trips, such a week always involves an incredible amount of food and wine and it’s up to each person who is staying to take it in turns cooking for the rest of the team for 1 night.

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