Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Backyard Passionfruit Ice Cream

March 18, 2014


My boyfriend has a tangled, overgrown passionfruit vine growing from a neighbouring backyard into his Balmain courtyard.  For years he has been throwing them out as they fall off the vine.  But now I squeal whenever I see one on the pavers in the courtyard, run down stairs and fetch it, collecting them in a bowl in the kitchen until I have enough to make an ice cream so delicious and heavenly it’s hard to imagine that it has such simple ingredients.  Even an ice cream purist like Andy (vanilla with chocolate sauce, please) has to admit that it is pretty damn good.

Passionfruit Ice Cream
Adapted from a recipe by David Lebovitz

1/2 cup fresh passionfruit pulp, from 10 passionfruits
1 cup heavy cream
6 tablespoons milk
7 tablespoons white sugar
pinch of salt
4 egg yolks

Scoop the pulp out of the passionfruit and place in a sieve over a non reactive bowl.  Press down on the pulp to squeeze as much juice into the bowl as possible.  When you have close to half a cup, mix in half a cup of the cream and put to one side.

Warm the milk, sugar, salt and the rest of the cream in a small saucepan.  Whisk the egg yolks gently and pour the warm milk mixture into the yolks, whisking to combine.  Pour this mixture back into the saucepan and stir on a low heat, scraping the bottom and corners of the pan with a silicone spatula so that the custard thickens evenly.  This may take up to ten minutes.  The custard is ready when you can run your finger down the spatula and leave a clean line.

Discard the leftover passionfruit seeds and pulp from the sieve and place back over the bowl containing the passionfruit and cream mixture, pour the custard through the sieve and stir into the passionfruit and cream mixture.

Chill and then churn in an ice cream maker for 30 minutes.

Take to the dog park at the bottom of the street on a Friday afternoon and share with everyone.  We were very lucky and got some lemon meringue pie in exchange.


Summer Mixtape

February 5, 2013


This predominantly country mix was one of the soundtracks to my summer this year.  Many miles were traveled to this music, and many a game of scrabble played.

For Portia.

Little Mountain Town – The Unfaithful Ways
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Frankie’s Gun – The Felice Brothers
Love Vigilantes – Iron + Wine
South Tacoma Way – Neko Case
Helpless – Neil Young
Each Coming Night – Iron + Wine
The Ship Song – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Please Be Patient with Me – Wilco
Nobody’s Baby Now – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Across the Border – Bruce Springsteen
Look at Miss Ohio – Gillian Welch
New York Times – Simone Felice
Wings – Joan Baez (cover of Josh Ritter)
You and I Belong – Simone Felice
Bad Luck – Langhorne Slim
Locesick Blues – Hank Williams
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
Amanda – Waylon Jennings
I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs
Workin’ for the MTA – Justin Townes Earle
No Depression – Uncle Tupelo
Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
The Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov
Into My Arms – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Walks in Coffs Harbour

January 24, 2013

coffs harbour mangroves

Australian summers should be spent taking long morning walks and dipping into the swelling ocean thrice daily.  This was my Christmas this year – staying with the wonderful Frank and Ali in their beautiful home in Coffs Harbour.  Nothing but wandering, knitting, reading, scrabble, eating leftover ham and mango chutney and floating from wave to wave.

water baby

December 3, 2011

Would you believe I’ve lived in Australia for 7 years and have never been swimming in this side of the Pacific?  This photo was taken by Dave one summer at Gordon’s Bay, and it’s probably the closest I’ve come.

This summer is going to be the summer I go swimming.  My reluctance to get in the water probably has something to do with the fact that I’m not a very strong swimmer, but I’ve been thinking about going to adult swim classes, and Gordon’s Bay is a very sheltered bay that is great for snorkling.  Maybe all I need is a snorkle and some flippers.

the lonely sea in the sky

January 18, 2010

On Saturday evening Dave and went to Coogee and walked from there around the cliffs to Clovelly.  There are few things I like better than scrabbling up and over rocks, and I haven’t done it in a long, long time.  We stopped for a while at Gordons Bay, looked at crabs scuttling away from us in every direction, and took photos.  By the time we were finished, the sun on the water was low and silver.

It was a lovely day.

Next time I will go swimming.