Saturday, May 21, 2011

Citrus-Mint Granita

I have a fabulous husband. I do.

This is Gary milking our cows for the very first time! 

I was their too...It was evidently a chilly day. 

 He's great. Sometimes he brings me tea ( large earl grey doubledouble from Tim Hortans) or calls me from the Starbucks line to ask what I want. Sometimes he leaves me little notes telling me he loves me or brings me a card and a new plant to try and keep alive. But lately, the best, nicest, thing he does for me? Lets me sleep in through milking.
     As some of you know, a couple of weeks ago ( ? I have no actual idea how long it has feels like forever!) we started milking cows. Our own cows. So obviously we are responsible for seeing that these lovely cows get milked every single day, twice. We milk at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm. So getting up at Well actually its not that bad. Its usually beautiful in the morning at that time. But sleep is definitely lacking. So last night, he said I could sleep in! yay! and sleep I did. I didn't hear the alarm go off, I didn't hear Gary getting ready to go outside, I didn't hear him come back in the house or crawl back into bed. I just slept slept slept till 9:30 am. It was lovely!
( how many times did I say lovely in that paragraph?)

     So now that I am refreshed and well rested, I can do some blog posts! Today is a dreary day but I am bundled up sitting on a big comfy couch on my back porch. with a blanket and my laptop. I am very blessed to have such a good life.

So basically, I have a recipe today! I made grapefruit/tangerine/lemon and mint sorbet/granita yesterday. Its delish, sweet and refreshing. I am going to call it Citrus-mint Granita. Because you could totally use any kind of tangy citrus that you wished.

This recipe is really simple. really. 

Citrus-Mint Granita

1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed citrus 
( I used 1 large pink grapefruit, 2 tangerines, 1/2 a lemon, I added some of the grapefruit and tangerine pulp too) 
A small handful of fresh mint. ( I used about 1/3 of a cup whole leaves) 

1) Put water and sugar in a pot over medium heat and stir occasionally until all the sugar is melted.

2) Add mint and fruit juice and stir. Bring to barely a boil then take off heat. Here I had a bit of a problem. One recipe I was reading said to put this all in a I did. Only hot hot juice in a blender equals hot hot juice all over your kitchen. Don't do that. Your clean floors will not be sticky and thats not fun. 

3) Pour hot mixture through a fine strainer and take out all the chunkies. 

4) Put bowl of juice/fruit/mint mixture in the freezer until solid. I stirred mine once in a while to make it lose and icy. Next time I will pour into my ice cream maker. I think it will be more sorbet-like that way. 


  1. Loved this post Marie! Can't wait to come out there sometime and see your farm! :) I also get to sleep in sometimes (baby, not cows :p) and am always particularly smitten with my husband when that happens!

  2. Aww what a sweet husband!

    Your granita sounds very refreshing. Yum.

  3. This looks so delicious and refreshing! A perfect summer treat!

  4. such a lovely husband!
    Your farm is looking quite lovely!
    I will have to come visit you again soon