I know. It’s seems I’ve been a little absent these days. Can I excuse myself with the summertime slow down period? After all, isn’t August the prime time for vacation? It used to be, at least in Portugal where many companies and the Parliament closed for the month and will return in September together with the beginning of the school year while all the activities come back to life. I don’t mean the leisure activities, as those are plenty all month long, down the sunshine or moonlight. Well, if you ask me, I had never mind to work in August, and the reasons were the much less traffic, no rush hours, everything more calm, flowing easily, stressless. I would drive through the Marginal road that connects Cascais to Lisbon, enjoying the good weather and the amazing ocean views all the way. In Lisbon, I would never ceased to be astonished by its unique light while I relaxed my eyes through my office windows see-sighting the 25 de Abril bridge and the river. Relaxing, as I probably wouldn’t have to run as much as the rest of the year. Yes, August was a nice month to work, while many others rested.
Now, life is a little different and yet I keep glancing the same big ocean. Atlantic, immensely large dividing the two worlds where I belong. The same deep salt water that separates North America from Europe. I know that on the other side there is the western coast of Portugal, so familiar. However, I look and I see nothing but the water horizon. A line, just an apparent fine line.
This lingering mind has a valid raison d’être. So purely legitimate that you can only understand when I release the news, hopefully soon. Just be patient. In the meantime, I can tell you about other things I’ve been doing. Like the expected Toucinho do Ceu (Bacon from Heaven) I promised after doing this interview. I still want to perfect it, as the first two batches were not yet the way I want. Some of my taste-testers favorited the first recipe I made, but probably the second was more close to the traditional. I will only post it when I’ll be sure I found the recipe I like better. I’m also continuing the Mangoland Series and you will find more recipes soon. Today, I’m leaving you with this reinvigorating lime-lemon sorbet, a refreshment of the spirit from the inside out.
Preparation time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Frozen time: 4 hours or more
Makes 5 cups
2 cups water
1 Tbsp lemon zest
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
2 cups lime-lemon juice (I used 8 limes and 2 lemons)
Raw honey to drizzle on top (optional)
Zest one lemon until you got 1 Tbsp (about 1 lemon) and mix with water. Add sugar and lime-lemon juice and stir well until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Pour the mix into the ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Mine churns for about 20 minutes.
Transfer to a freeze-friendly container and store in the freezer for at least 4 hours or until ready to use. Prior to serving, it’s better to take out of the freezer at least 10 minutes before. After scooping some sorbet, I like to drizzle honey over the top. It will solidify and taste like candy. Honey and lemon or lime are a perfect balance. Try it out.