Picture of the day: tomato harvest

Sunday, July 27, 2014

There beauties were picked this morning.  Tomatoes are at their best this time of the year.  If you don't have homegrown tomatoes, find them at the farmers market.  They are perfect in a salad, pizza, pasta, soup, or tart.

Mango and Passion Fruit Granita

Sunday, July 6, 2014


This July 4th weekend brought an unbearable heat wave of low 90s.  While many people flocked to the beach, we took refuge in our house with the AC on full blast.  Anything above 70 degrees F is uncomfortable for us. To cool down, I whisked together a simple treat, granita.  



I thought the sweetness of our overly ripe mangos would be a perfect complement to the tartness of the passion fruits from our garden.  



Granita is the perfect treat for a hot summer day.  



Incredibly refreshing and so simple to make. 


Mango and Passion Fruit Granita 

3 cups of mango puree
1 1/2 cups of passion fruit pulp
2 cups of water
½ cup of simple syrup

1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium sized baking dish.  Taste and add more simple syrup if you like your granita on the sweet side.
2. Freeze for at least 4 hours until solid or overnight.
3. When ready to serve, scrape the granita with a fork so it resembles ice shavings.  Once made, this granita will keep for  3 days in the freezer.