Simple Sorbet Recipe: Cucumber Pineapple Sorbet

by Pamela

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There’s no chicken and waffles ice cream today, or even basil olive oil ice cream (which I could totally make a case for being healthy and should be a part of every weight loss plan), but I do have something cool and refreshing for you: Cucumber Pineapple Sorbet.  Sounds good huh?

 

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This simple sorbet recipe can be made with or without an ice cream maker (technically it would then be called a granita, but let’s not get picky).  As far as sorbet recipes go, this one is also really flexible.  You can obviously serve it as a light and refreshing dessert or you could serve it as an amuse bouche (which is just a fancy word for something to eat that makes you even hungrier) or as a palate cleanser in between courses if you’re having a multi-course dinner party (a palate cleanser is something that you eat to help clear away any heavy flavors that you might have in your mouth that my impact the flavor of the next dish you are about to eat – and if you already knew that consider yourself superior and quit complaining that I just explained it).  Any way you serve this cucumber pineapple sorbet is going to be great.

Sorbet recipes sometimes tend to get heavy on the sugar and get really sweet.  This one is really light tasting.  In fact, the cucumber and the pineapple are so light in this, people have a hard time telling what exactly is in the sorbet.  You can taste the cucumber and you can taste the pineapple, but combining the two of them leaves people guessing what those familiar flavors are.  I love serving things like that.  People tend to talk about what they’re eating instead of just shoveling the food in their mouths so they eat a little slower and enjoy it more (that’s also a great way to help you slim down…slow down when you eat).

So I’m not going to badger or harp on this whole diet or eating healthy to lose weight thing.  There’s just going to be some really delicious stuff on the site in the coming weeks, but it will be on the lighter side of the culinary scale.  Because the site is called My Man’s Belly, not My Man’s Fat Ass and His Chubby Bride.

Relationship Advice

Would you sign a pre-nup that had a weight clause in it?  By weight clause I mean that there is an actual number, in print, that if either you or your spouse (or both of you) hit it’s grounds for divorce or causes you to lose marital property in the divorce?

Most of us tend to gain a few pounds when we’re in a long term relationship, but is that enough of a reason to break up?  Apparently it is in France (tell me you’re surprised).  Samantha Beck has learned that being married to a Frenchmen means a lot of scrutiny of her body.  So much so that he believes that if she becomes a “fat wife” it is justifiable grounds for divorce.

But don’t start railing against the French just yet, it happens in America too.  There are countless instances where pre-nups have been drawn up that state gaining weight beyond a golden number is grounds for divorce.  Or if the base weight of the person is exceeded, they forfeit a certain portion of the marital assets.

So do you think cheating on your diet is as bad as cheating on your spouse and calls for divorce?

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Recipe: Cucumber Pineapple Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Persian Cucumber (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 Pound Pineapple Pieces (fresh or canned)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Gin (I used Hendrick’s)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium high heat, stir until the sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Add all ingredients to a blender and purée until everything is smooth.
  4. Pour into a container and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Pour purée into the bowl of your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions.*
  6. Scrape out sorbet from ice cream maker, into a container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Quick notes

I used the gin to help keep the sorbet from freezing rock hard. You could also use vodka if you don’t have any gin on hand. You could also make it without the alcohol if you would like.

Variations

* Instead of putting the purée into the ice cream maker, pour it into a metal bowl and place in the freezer. Remove it every 30 minutes and stir it thoroughly to help break it up (you may need to scrape it with a fork as time goes by). Continue doing this for 2 hours. Then it’s ready to serve.

Preparation time:  20 Minutes

Cooking time:  7 Minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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10 comments

Jena Briars March 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I love this page – I am going to link it to my blog post on romance novels – is that ok? 🙂

Pamela March 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Jena, that would be great! 🙂

Nancy@acommunaltable August 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm

This sorbet sounds lovely … and I am in the same boat (both literally and figuratively) re: weight. Miss the days when I could eat anything and everything!

Weight clause in a pre nup? Well, if it’s a business deal then I guess it’s fine… but sad that marriage is reduced to that!

DessertForTwo August 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

Hah-I love that us girls can eat cardboard for a week in order to fit into something. It’s a gift, truly.
The pre-nup weight thing shocks me a little, but with women so loose & ‘available’ these days, men can always find better. Better work hard to keep what ya got. It goes both ways, though. Women are so successful these days and don’t *need* a man, so we’ll drop ya for the same reason.

Pamela August 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

A-Men! The cardboard thing is one of our many gifts. It’s that whole mind over matter thing.

Biz August 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

Love the idea of this sorbet! I actually lost 70 pounds before meeting my husband, so he never knew me fat.

After six months together I gained 20 pounds because we ate out and drank beer – luckily he thinks I am hot at any weight, and while I am still trying to get the damn scale to go down, I do loves me some fried chicken!

Pamela August 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Congrats on the weight loss, that’s fantastic! When Craig and I first started dating I gained weight because his idea of preparing food was the drive to a restaurant. 😉 Now the weight is creeping on from all of my cooking. And that chicken and waffles ice cream I made didn’t help things much (think fried chicken on acid).

Nelly Rodriguez August 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Lovely “diet” food! Nothing like fried chicken ice cream though…. 😉

Pamela August 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I’m so with you!

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