Sydney Swelters

Passion fruit, lemon and mint and creamy cherry ice-lollies

This is the counterpoint to my post Sydney sparkles. It seems in the springtime Sydney sparkles; but by the time January rolls around, Sydney simply sweats.

Last week, all of Australia struggled through a massive heat-wave. Temperatures were literally off the charts with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology having to come up with new colour indicators on their forecast charts. Bush fires raged across Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, but thankfully no one lost their lives. The weather in this country certainly is serious business.

Colourful fruit ice lollies

On Wednesday the mercury in Sydney reached over 41 C, which is just as uncomfortable as it sounds. When it was still 37 C at half eleven that night, I regretted my decision not to just sleep at the pool. So what do you do when you live in a country located – as Dylan aptly observed – three quarters of a mile from the surface of the sun, in a house with no air conditioning? You make ice-pops and eat them while sitting in the bath, isn’t it obvious?!

Don’t let the fact you’ve no ice-pop making accoutrements stop you, do what I did and make them in little shot glasses with straws instead of sticks. You can all judge me if you want, but I was hot and I wasn’t driving to the shops. Anyway, I think they look kind of cute in a DIY sort of way. They tasted good at least and they were cold, which was really all that mattered to me.

Lemon and mint, passion fruit and creamy cherry ice-lollies

Lemon and mint, passion fruit and creamy cherry ice-lollies

Lemon and mint ice-lollies

Makes 4 of each little ice-lollies, but this would depend on the size of the mould you use, I used shot glasses

Ingredients

½ cup sugar syrup, in this instance I used my lemon thyme syrup, and it added a lovely herby depth of flavour, but feel free to use a straightforward non-flavoured one.
½ cup lemon juice
1 tsp fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

Simply mix everything together, pour into your moulds and freeze overnight.

Passion fruit ice-lollies

Makes 4 of each little ice-lollies, but this would depend on the size of the mould you use, I used shot glasses

Ingredients

½ cup sugar syrup, in this instance I used my lemon thyme syrup, and it added a lovely herby depth of flavour, but feel free to use a straightforward non-flavoured one.
Juice and seeds of 4 small passion fruit

Simply mix everything together, pour into your moulds and freeze overnight.

Creamy cherry ice-lollies

Makes 4 of each little ice-lollies, but this would depend on the size of the mould you use.

Ingredients

½ cup Greek yoghurt,
handful of cherries, stoned and very roughly chopped
2 tsp honey

Simply mix everything together, pour into your moulds and freeze overnight.

While talking the photographs for this post, I learned that it is very difficult to photograph melt-able objects and make them look good. My hats goes off to all the food stylists who can do this, it’s nothing short of impressive!

Yumbolicious.

 

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2 thoughts on “Sydney Swelters

    • Thanks Allison, they cooled us down which was really the most important thing! The weather has chilled out here a bit but not before it broke some temperature records, it’s nearly enough to make me miss winter, just a little…. !!!

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