Bad blogger and a recipe for mulberry granita

Well, I’ve been a very bad blogger recently, haven’t I?  In my defence, the past month has been a bit chaotic.   A few weeks ago I did something horrible to my back and I’ve had trouble walking, cooking and sitting at my desk – more or less pre-requisites for keeping this blog ship shape.

By terrible coincidence, my Uparwali Chai partner, Laura also slipped three disks and has been flat on her back for a month. As we were both hobbling around like a couple of old codgers, we had to cancel a tea party –  and as the weather is now getting a bit hot (it reached 40 degrees today) for any outdoor activity that doesn’t involve jumping in a pool I’m not sure when the next one will be.

I knew things were starting to look up, though, when my fruit and veg man delivered a basket of mulberries last week and I  suddenly felt up to a bit of kitchen play.  I love the very brief mulberry season:  so sweet, voluptuous and indulgent  yet perfectly democratic – the trees grow everywhere here – a quick shake of the trunk and you’ve got a glut on your hands.  They have to be eaten quickly and locally – this is one fruit we’re never going to see in supermarkets in London – before they start to fall apart and ferment.

After I’d gorged on the softly fragrant berries, I made some fluffy buttermilk pancakes which will appear in next weekend’s Mint column.  I still had loads left so I decided to make a simple granita for friends coming over for supper. It turned out to be a triumph, with  a little lemon juice to counterbalance the intense sweetness of the berries. Removing all the stalks is a pain – but worth it – if only for the intense colour, and the fact that you could still be savouring mulberries long after the season has been and gone.

Mulberry Granita

500g mulberries, stalks removed

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

juice of 1/2 lemon (nimbu)

Gently heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves.  Add the mulberries and cook for a couple of minutes. Press the fruit through a fine metal sieve to remove the the seeds.

Pour the mulberry liquid into a shallow plastic tub and put it in the freezer. Every hour or so, take out the tub and rough the granita up a bit with a fork. Do this a few times, until it is completely frozen.

Well, I seem to have got my va va voom back – no more excuses now!


17 thoughts on “Bad blogger and a recipe for mulberry granita

  1. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. Back problems are completely debilitating.
    I love mulberries and have always wanted a tree in my garden. The granita looks delicious – what a glorious colour. I hope you will be sharing the pancake recipe here too? 🙂

  2. Your back supports you in so many ways – when it can’t do that, life is miserable. But glad you are feeling much better. Look after yourself and invest in some gentle therapy. “You’re worth it”!

  3. In fact i was wondering today in the morning where have u disappeared n here u r back …i’m happy to hear u r feeling better now.more power to u n keep blogging.

  4. Sharon – you’re right, the last few weeks have been miserable but hopefully I’m over the worst

  5. glad u r feeling better:-)
    if u ever need a good back doctor (no operations), I know of one in Gujarat…he sorted out my mum’s back…people go to him from all over the world…. take care!

  6. Hope you are better now…Have been remembering you and Laura a lot these days.
    Loved this mulberry treat . I sometimes make a quick coulis with it to go with plain vanilla ice cream.
    Take care.

  7. we call these shahtoot in Urdu- what are they called in Hindi- i love them so much! what a gorgeous granita. hope you enjoy this short shahtoot season. as for your back- i am so sorry, P. have you ever considered “alternative” methods? for eg. shiatsu saved me life- i thought my neck muscle was done for…but my shiatsu therapist saved me. i really hope you feel better and find the right treatment for yourself. xoxo shayma

  8. Thanks Marina – yes totally miserable. Not completely out of woods yet but feeling moderately energetic

  9. Hey Pamela, sad to hear about your and Laura’s back. I know how frustrating a bad back can be. Specially for a blogger. Good to know that you are getting your va va voom back 🙂

    The granitas look very refreshing. Just right for the heat outside

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