It’s A Heatwave! Nectarine and Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet Recipe

No, it is getting to 'beyond a joke', hot.  Feel free to dive in and cool off!
No, it is getting to, ‘beyond a joke’, hot. Feel free to dive in and cool off!


What are you supposed to do when it is too hot to move, and you have inherited a bag of rather large, rather ripe nectarines from your globetrotting brother, who has left to go to a hot country, so he can play on the beach with his kids…..huh, Thailand, really? Couldn’t he just be hot here?
Hee hee hee, it may be sour grapes from me, but we have definitely had very sweet nectarines this Summer here in Melbourne!

I could of course, eat them as the fruit that they are….but you wouldn’t know me very well.
I have actually been on a healthy lifestyle kick for ooooh, about 4 days, and honestly I am already reaching a very low ceiling, I just can’t stomach this much fruit on a daily basis!
I like it best in cake, in dessert, in smoothies. Please don’t get me wrong of course I like fruit, but I enjoy fruit in small quantities as a pleasure, I just can’t do it as a staple, like veggies.

Given that these truly soaring, Summer temperatures are staying for at least the next couple of days I needed to quickly turn these nectarines into something, other than smelly, mouldy, mush in a bag.
Healthy lifestyle choices, mean that ice cream is not an option (at least this week!)
Out door ambient temperatures, means that the oven is NOT being turned on.
How about a sorbet? Cooling, no fat, chock full of fruit, sounded like the perfect option 🙂

What do you do with too many ripe nectarines?  Make something blissfully indulgent of course!
What do you do with too many ripe nectarines? Make something blissfully indulgent of course!

David Lebowitz, the master of indulgent desserts gave me his recipe via google and I, of course, Bliss-ed it!

I had just enjoyed a couple of glasses of Cape Mentelle, a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River, Western Australia, the other night with a nice little seafood pasta. Fantastic; fruity, peachy and nectarine, flavours but not overwhelmingly so. I enjoyed it more and more as the glass got lower, the flavour became as smooth as silk. I don’t generally love a very fruity white wine but, I only had to take the nectarines out of the bag to immediately think of the frosty bottle I had in the fridge!

You will notice I actually put in a bit of cocoa and nutmeg into my recipe, which may seem strange!? For a brighter looking sorbet, please feel free to leave them out, but for me the mix needed a bit of extra depth in flavour, and it just seemed so right. You do sacrifice a few points in the looks department, and although you can’t taste chocolate flavours straight out, I think it adds really nicely to the complexity of the flavours.

No, this is not a kid friendly recipe, but if you want a clean, simple recipe, please link through to David’s recipe, it is gorgeous!

The best of Summer in a wine glass!
The best of Summer in a frosty wine glass!

Heatwave Nectarine Sorbet

5-6 ripe nectarines (approximately 750g after pitting)

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup white wine (sav blanc is my choice!)

2/3 cup caster sugar

pinch nutmeg

1/2 tspn dutch cocoa

1/2 tspn lemon juice

Fresh raspberries

Mint leaves and tips

Pit the unpeeled nectarines and cut into rough chunks.

Place the water, wine and nectarines into a medium sized pan. Simmer over a medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until soft, stirring occassionally.

Stir in sugar, nutmeg, cocoa and lemon juice. Use a stick blender to puree until smooth.

Cool thoroughly ( I actually poured the mixture into the pot from my ice cream maker and put the whole thing in the freezer for an hour)

Place into your ice cream maker and churn for 45 min-1 hr. It will still need some time in the freezer, after you have finished churning, for it to firm up enough so that it can be scooped. I left mine overnight.

Mix fresh raspberries with mint leaves and place in the bottom of a dessert or wine glass. Scoop generous portions of sorbet to sit on top and decorate with a few mint tips!

Oh yes, I feel cooler already, and an extra splash of Sav Blanc will guarantee to put a little smile on my face 🙂

This is a great make ahead dessert for a warm summer evening, especially after a lovely grilled seafood meal, on a balcony by the sea….. aaaaaah, such is Summer 🙂

All anyone really needs is a little touch of Summer Bliss :) x
All anyone really needs is a little touch of Summer Bliss 🙂 x

It’s New Year’s Eve and Summer is truly here

Summer is truly here!

Life is for living!!  A motto that is taken, at it’s most extreme, and greatly to heart in my household.

oh yeah, festive lava cakes for Christmas mmm

So, as you can imagine, the holiday season is pretty mad, at our house even when we pretend to celebrate quietly!  With a closely knit, extended family, we are never far wrong when we allow for about 30 for dinner.  The huge turkey, glazed ham, Uncle M’s plum pudding and all the ‘traditional’ Christmas trimmings, including Coffin bay oysters, Sashimi salmon, and my Mum’s  prawn and mango salad are looked forward to as Aussie Christmas delights by local and overseas visitors alike, every year.

But, I have to say, after the craziness of Christmas has passed, and all the kids, (big and small), have had the chance to go slightly nutty around the tree, I really, really, really look forward to bringing in the New Year.

I pretty much do nothing 🙂  Not that it is just me that does nothing….the entire family pretty much does,

Black Rock, this photo is a little misleading as there were heaps of people there that day!

NOTHING! YAY!!!!!  I began finishing the old  year by enjoying a real Aussie experience bbq yesterday.   Admittedly, the beach at Black Rock is a lot more popular than it ever used to be, causing it to be more crowded and a lot dirtier than I remember, however, the crystal clear water and fantastic family friendly facilities made it a real day to to remember in 2011.

A bit more sunshine, and a bit more swimming to round off another busy year and then….peace.  A big smooch to one and all to bring in the new year and a ‘quiet’ beginning to 2012.

My resolution is pretty much the same as last year;

“I resolve to not allow life to  live me but for me to live my life.”

The great Aussie bbq experience! Delicious 🙂

I think I did an ok job last year, ha ha ha!  But, like anything in this world, we could always improve with a bit more effort. What’s your new year’s resolution?  Mine is pretty boring, pretty standard.  I think that if I was to add a few extra notes they might look a little like this;

“I resolve to eat more ice cream.”  Seriously, I used to consider ice cream my favourite food, I must have eaten it 6 times last year…doesn’t sound much like a favourite, I definitely ate more broccoli!!

“I resolve to buy a bbq.”  Ridiculous??  We have lived in this house for nearly 5 years, we still don’t own one.

“I resolve to do more colouring in.” I discovered my teenage daughter doing a colouring book the other day….she looked so peaceful.  Hey, I want some of that!!

Love deeply. sing loudly and live like you mean it!!!  All the best for 2012 and may you enjoy the beautiful Summer weather that Melbourne has put on.  See you next year 😉 x

Bliss x